My family is helping me out by taking care of my children until Friday so I can rest up and prepare for the arrival of the baby. This afternoon I tackled the kids' room. We live in a small cottage, so all 3 children share the same room. Thus, it becomes cluttered and messy quickly. I have come to the conclusion that children are garbage magnets! All the little bits of paper, cheap toys, fuzzy-backed stickers, broken crayons, etc etc etc that they manage to hold on to amazes me.
Children are cute and cute children tend to get gifts and hand-outs no matter where they go. It seems well-meaning and kindly people, whether family, friends, clerks or strangers see adorable children and feel compelled to give them some little treat that winds up in my house. Of course, I teach my children to accept the little blessing graciously, and they usually do, and then they may keep it for a time. If I see it forgotten under the bed, it gets tossed.
Unfortunately, it also means that I'm throwing away stuff into our landfills. I hate doing it, but I can't keep it in my house, either. Some are able to just say no thanks, which is great. Perhaps as my children age a little, I can encourage them to graciously decline. Perhaps as they grow older, they will be less likely to receive little gifts.