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  • It’s common for kids to ask their parents to buy them as many toys as possible, but having too many toys at home can lead to lots of unnecessary clutter. Celebrity mom Aubrey Miles has a tip that helps her avoid this issue—and it’s a tip that other moms and dads might want to take note of!

    In an interview with PEP.ph during the launch of Urban Kitchen on October 29, 2019, Aubrey shared that tip, which also doubles as a way for the family to save money.

    “If you’re gonna buy one toy, you have to let go of another one,” she would tell her kids when they’re shopping. Aubrey is the mom of 18-year-old Maurie, 11-year-old Hunter, and one-year-old Rocket.

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    Aubrey revealed that she also follows this tip when she shops for herself.

    “It’s like me buying clothes. Me, if I buy clothes, I have to let go of [an old] one. Ganoon ako. So, isipin mo na lang, ‘O, mag-le-let go ka ba? No? Then you can’t buy a toy.”

    This tip helps the family practice minimalism and avoid the dilemma of too many toys lying around unused at home.

    “Hindi puwedeng marami kasi I know there’s always gonna be a toy that’s not being used. Alam ko,” Aubrey said.

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    The celebrity mom also shared that she enforces rules that teach her kids how to be neat and organized with their belongings.

    Specifically, she organizes her kids’ toys by size and by color using hidden storage units.

    Aubrey informs her kids, “‘O, this is [for] the small toys, big toys, Lego, so I need to organize, hindi puwedeng halo-halo, just for them to learn.”

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    This lesson has become a vital part of her kids’ lives, especially her oldest son Maurie, who is now in college. After a visit to Maurie’s dorm room, Aubrey was pleased to see that he applies that same organizing system to his things.

    “So now he’s in his dorm, he does it in his own section,” the proud mom said. “Not that kailangan [the storage bins] are color-coordinated, pero nasanay siya na ganoon siya lumaki sa akin. Parang they grew up like that. So proud naman ako.”

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    Another habit Maurie picked up is regularly changing his bedsheets and pillowcases every two weeks, which Aubrey practices at home.

    “So for the kids, I change at least eight [days]. Ten days is the longest. Ten days, nagpapalit na,” Aubrey said.

    According to Good Housekeeping, bedsheets and pillowcases accumulate dead skin, dust mites, and even mold, so washing them every two weeks is important to keep them as clean as possible.

    It's never too early to teach your kids how to clean up after themselves. Click here for tips to impart this habit to your children.

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