There are good suggestions here, including putting things away and swapping them out after a while so toys seem like new. But what seems to be working with my 6yo (who does NOT like to pick up her things... because her 2 little sisters don't do it enough) is the threat of "If these dolls (toys, objects, whatever) aren't picked up by bedtime tonight, they are going in time out." And I follow through, when I pick them up I put them in a box in the garage. So far, I've packed away three boxes of her things that she neglected to pick up. And to date, she's never asked for them again. So they're about to be shipped to Good Will.Not to seem like I'm pulling the wool over her eyes, but she obviously doens't care enough about them to a) pick up after herself or b) miss them once they're gone. Proof enough to me that she has too much stuff. The stuff she really loves she is careful to put away. Leason learned.
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