This week Kent and I have been focusing on cleaning his room. We completely went through everything and threw away everything that was trash or broken. If it didn't belong in his room we put it away. We evaluated whether he plays with certain toys and put them in the giveaway box if it wasn't something he had used in a long time. He has a really hard time getting rid of anything, so hopefully by me working with him it has given him an idea how to evaluate whether or not he should keep it.
Now we just need to dust and vacuum and then we can put his room back together. I'm hoping to finish the last few things this evening. Then he will get to pick 2 of his toys/collections to keep out besides his Legos and the rest will be put up on the top shelf in his closet for now. If he wants to get something else from the shelf he will have to put something he already has out completely away and up on the shelf first. He can't reach the shelf easily, but is pretty compliant so I'm not expecting any complaints from him. He is also under strict orders that if he wants to play with his cars and car sets that every Lego must be put away before he gets them out. The same applies to the train set.
We are all hoping that with more visible room on his shelf he will be able to see what he should do better when it is time to straighten up his room and if there is more room on the shelf then maybe there will be fewer toys spread all over his room that he can't find the parts to.
He's been a good sport even when he hasn't liked me throwing away things that he thinks are useful. I've reminded him that there will be more acorns, papers from Sunday School, etc.
He has a giant angry bird poster that we tried to hang on his wall this summer, but the tape wouldn't stick to the paint on his walls. Today I hung it up in his large closet for him so he can see it. It should stick to those walls. He was excited about it being hung up so he could actually see it.
Update: The tape didn't stick in the closet either, so I put it back up with push pins.