After spending 4 hours on Tuesday organizing their closet and deep cleaning their room, only to have the girls pull make yet another huge mess (then fail to clean it up), I had finally had it. I took away every last toy, every stuffed animal, every piece of play food for their kitchen, every piece of furniture in their dollhouse, even the pretty comforter on their bed.
I decided that if they didn’t appreciate their things they didn’t deserve to have them, and they will now have to earn them back. Yes, it probably makes me the meanest mom EVER, but in all honesty, since I took it all away, they have been happier and more content, fought less, read more, and been MUCH more helpful. Even more amazingly, beyond the 2 favorite stuffed animals they each earned back, they don’t really seem to want any of it back. I guess time will tell, but it has definitely been an interesting experiment so far.