One of the beautiful things about keeping everything is my kids find cool things to play with at random times. My hubby bought this Sony video camera for me probably 10 years ago. At the time it cost about $700 and recorded video on little cassette tapes. I use my iphone far more than I ever used this camera – it takes better video and costs half as much. Now my daughter is using it to pretend to record all kinds of performances. She held a few story times – YES! we love Dr. Seuss. Then she did a couple craft shows and I think she put on a few dance-off showdowns.
Note about “keeping everything” – also lovingly referred to as “hording” by those that know me. More on that later.
The battery isn't charged and not once was the camera on. Back in the day I would have never let a 6 year old touch this camera. Now, I'm letting her not only hold it, but cart it around the house as if it's just another toy. My daughter got hours of play from this random find, money can't buy that. Bonus – She found the camera buried in the depths of the electronic cord and plug drawer – you know, you must have one too, right? The draw full of all the plugs and chargers and cords and adapts we think we need and don't use. It's really more of a while-I'm-on-the-phone activity. I wander around the house while I talk on the phone and then I stop and untangle a few cords. That drawer, now that I think about it, is turning out to be pretty important… full of entertainment and activity doodads.
So think about it, the next time you think you need to throw that thing out, whatever it is, think about what it could be instead. I don't want to go on a crusade trying to convert perfectly healthy, organized people into over thinking horders. However, I say, instead of spending more money on more toys the kids don't really need and probably won't play with for more than a month, go through some of the old un-used stuffs and see what fun pretend play you can invent.
Tell me about it – what old junk or “useless” stuff are you piling to give away, that your kids might be over joyed to play with?