I have a little pack rat. He is my five-year-old son and your trash could quickly become his treasure. A discarded bottle cap becomes a miniature pie pan in his hands. An empty plastic jar is soon the perfect coin container. Paper and cardboard remnants transform into handmade books when this young author gets a hold of them. I greatly appreciate his creativity and ability to entertain himself, but the hoard he creates needs to be dealt with from time to time (especially since his bedroom is roughly 8’x9′ with no closet!). My daughter, who was recently sharing his room, chose to move downstairs because of his untidiness. I lovingly teased him recently, calling him Templeton (as in the rat from Charlotte’s Web).
Today was the day we tackled the mess. Though my son has a tendency to collect junk, he needs no convincing that a clean room is an enjoyable room. He does need motivation and encouragement to do the job. Once he started sorting his Read the rest of this entry »