I don’t know about you but the thought of berry toothpaste doesn’t appeal to me! However, it means the world to the little female human that lives in my house – and especially the one that has yet to move to her own bed! Don’t get me wrong – I love knowing my little bundle of joy is just inches away from me at night. It’s the foot to my lower back, the punch in the eye, the head butt while turning, and finally mastering the art of side sleeping on a few inches of bed that changes my mind about sharing space! I know, all in the life of a mom’s sleep cycle.
So here’s what happened – every mom with school age children knows my situation – they sleep in your room, they dress in your room, they groom in your room. So this fine day, I’m in a hurry as usual, and while barking my usual morning orders while multi-tasking, I end up sticking my toothbrush in my mouth, only to realize it’s Mega Bubble Berry! Besides the obvious gag reflex that took me years back to the days of my first trimester, I made the decision that we have reached the “sharing fork” in the road.
Now it was time to tell her and my husband was noticeably and suddenly AWOL! I approach her while she’s brushing – cause that way she can’t say much but stare – and I firmly announce that the time has come for her to begin fully using her personal bedroom. ”See honey”, I say, “your bedroom is your own personal space and it’s where you can sleep, get dressed, use the potty, and brush your teeth with your favorite toothpaste.” I was met with a blank stare with a soft touch of defiance – I knew I wasn’t getting anywhere and she wasn’t planning on going anywhere.
So I did what any mother would do – I found my husband and let him have it about how the children today have no respect for their parents and how as a young girl, I would never presume to enter my parents room and handle my business in there. I told him how she kept on brushing while I was talking, asked me to hand her a cup for her fluoride rinse, and clearly had no intention of leaving my space. As with most men, he had a very simple fix for my problem - “just move her things to her room and tell her from now on she is to take care of things in her room only”. Uh-huh, I’ll get right on that. “I’ll give it some more thought”, I say.
So you’ll be happy to know, that here we are two months later and I have reached a resolution to our problem. She takes my husband side of the vanity and I stick to mine!
P.S. Feel free to leave me a comment and let me know how life’s going with your little ones. They sure are wonderful to have around!
Let’s stop kidding around with this drawer of terror! If you can get your junk drawer to open, tackle it immediately. Try using these two suggestions for a better psychological approach to your junk drawer:
- Rename The Drawer. Junk implies unwanted and unloved objects that no one wants. In reality, what you will find in this drawer are rogue shirt buttons, missing pens, recipes cards, paper clips, post-it notes, loose change, etc. Things in this drawer are not unwanted but misplaced and are often there because we could not figure out where to put them at that moment. So let’s rename the drawer, “Relocation Services” because everything in it is just waiting to be relocated to a new home.
- Pre-Organize Your Drawer. Part of the problem with tackling this drawer is that when it’s opened, everything rolls astray all over the place. Avoid this problem in advance by placing a small silverware tray, small box lids, or an office drawer organizer inside the drawer so when you place objects in there, you can go ahead and organize them. Tackling the drawer will be less daunting when everything already seems somewhat organized.
Now let’s get started on that junk drawer. Approach, Open, Experience the Horror, Attack!
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In my opening post in this series, my recommendation was that you not over organize but just have a strategy. Same rules apply when setting up your home storage systems. Rather than rushing out to invest in an ultra slick, deliciously organized system of stacked plastic containers, baskets, and bins, think about the following:
What is the goal of your home storage system? Simple: Your system should be efficient, "locale" specific, and kid-friendly.
Why efficient? The easier the better. How often do you think you would be motivated to use an organizing system that required "moving mountains" to retrieve or store items aways? Most likely items would get plopped on top of the storage container and develop into a hot mess over time. Think also about the best containers for the item to be stored. Consider a clear versus a solid color storage container for commonly used items such as DVDs, because that would allow a quick visual scan of the container rather than having to put out a DVD APB in your own home.
Why "locale" specific? Keeping everything close to where it's used means less travel for that item and reduces the effort required to put it away after use.
And Kid Friendly? As I discussed in a previous post, we want the family to buy into our home organization efforts. So make it easy for your children to stay involved by making sure their coat and backpack hooks are on their level, using bins with wheels and long handles for pulling, and providing stepping stools so they can easily reach lower level shelves to put toys, shoes, or clothing away.
Recycling is an ongoing project that everyone can get involved in right away. Again, as you’re organizing, make sure you watch for items that can be recycled. At my house, it’s more newspapers and water bottles that I’ve been guilty of tossing in the trash.
Don’t feel a need to purchase anything special because a simple box or plastic storage bin will do. I use a simple cardboard box for newspapers but a plastic one for water bottles so if there’s any spillage, it won’t leak through.
Get your kiddos involved because they will be sure to keep you diligent about recycling. Look for ways to help your local schools out by placing your recyclable items in their bins. Make sure to include the plastic shopping bags in your recycling program because most stores have started their own recycling programs for these and will accept bags from all stores, not just their own.
Donations are good for the soul. So don’t hold back when you find good items during your organization/cleaning program that could be contributed. Besides the obvious tax breaks, donating to your local charities is a wonderful way to teach our kiddos the joy of giving. In fact, they love to be involved and I’ve found are more than happy to search their rooms for giveaways.
As for the adults, the key to our donating success is to be honest about what needs to go. The skinny skirt hidden in our closet from 10 years and 6 sizes ago, gone! The suit pants that not even a belt could love, out! Dusty tools that are in good shape but our fingerprints are nowhere to be found on them, donate! Spread the love you experienced with these products by donating them to a worthy organization for someone else to use in the present.
I urge you to find a box worthy of your gifts and let’s get these things donated! I am wishing you the best with letting go and trust that I know how hard it can be.
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