One of the areas that was OUT OF CONTROL at my house was that the boys had “priceless” treasures throughout the house.

by Holly

If you have kids, you probably have them too:

  • the rock picked up at a park 3 months ago
  • a leaf from the front yard
  • a crystal bought on vacation
  • the action figure from a kids meal
  • and more!
  • oh, so much more…

These items DEFY classification. They are the kids version of a junk drawer.

The problem is that they are precious to the owner and I don’t want to be the one to toss the acorn into the backyard that has a special bond with one of my kids.

I decided to take action!

I spent some time and went through the ENTIRE house and gathered all the special items that my children CLAIMED they couldn’t live without. I also included some toys and various things that didn’t seem to fit into any of the toy categories in the playroom.

If it was random, and I didn’t know what to do with it…it went into the pile.

I then laid all the items out on the floor of the boys’ room and announced to them that we were going to have an auction.

Each boy was given a treasure {tool} chest to keep their auction winnings safe – I bought them for less than $10 each at the hardware store. If life is just too crazy to get to the hardware store, you can also get them online. I love this Portable black tool box on Amazon. It also comes in red.

The “auction” consisted of each boy taking turns picking out one item. We started by having everyone pick out 3 special items that they knew were theirs, but after that everything was open to everybody.

I had a timer for slow choices and gave a warning when time was about to expire.

The four of us came up with a big vs. little item rule – big items were worth 4, medium sized items worth 2 and small items worth one. On each turn the boy could choose up to the value of 4.

We ended up doing about 15 rounds and then taking a break.

After the break we did another 10 rounds or so.

I watched to see how the enthusiasm diminished. I figured that the things left weren’t very important if they were still available and no one seemed concerned about getting them.

At that point, I announced a final round and then it was over.

What happened to the left-overs?

We have a lovely, “priceless” rock garden on the side of the house.

I ended up getting more than one tool chest per kid because they are inexpensive storage.

They look really nice on the industrial shelving I purchased at a home improvement store.

And with three boys, it is always good when things are TOUGH.