At Lifehacker HQ, we're no strangers to the joys of throwing stuff out. Our sibling site Babble has a different take on the same experience for parents: the joys of throwing out broken toys and other kid-related detritus while your children are asleep.
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Mother Sierra Black notes that she doesn't use the approach for discipline, but simply to control mess. The joy experienced is a useful bonus:
I am not my mother. I never threaten to throw my children’s toys away, but sometimes, when the kids are sleeping at night, I really do throw their toys away. Right in a big black rubbish bag. I should feel guilty about this, but I don’t. I secretly enjoy it. I find it soothing to put a fistful of puzzle pieces in the garbage and know that I’ll never again look for the missing one.
Black notes that this approach will probably work less well as her kids get older, but with a bit of careful parenting by then they'll be slightly better at managing their own space. Ever indulged in some surreptitious toy clearing? Tell us in the comments.