Friday, February 5, 2010

The One In Which There is Too Much Crap, Crap and More Crap

4 jewelry boxes containing various beads, plastic rings and (up)Chuckee Cheese chinese finger handcuffs;
feathers, 5 piggy banks with hand-drawn coins and bills so she knows what goes where; paper kitty ears; orange string; duct tape wallet; paper flowers and stickers; two soccer trophies; most of the Russian matryoshka dolls  hair bow 'doggy'; barbie shoes; various and sundry Littlest Pet Shop accessories and crap, crap more crap

Pens, pencils, crayons, and tons of erasers; 2 wallets; Hannah Montana pencil case; old fashioned mechanical coin bank; note cards; Ipod speakers; papers; notes; origami cranes; polished rocks; and crap, crap and more crap

And in an the All Out Effort to live up to our goals and resolutions for 2010 - while I am killing (literally killing myself which would explain my lack of posting ) myself at the gym, and trying to eat right and go from Flabulous to Fabulous in 52 weeks..I am going to ask my kids, I am going to make my kids do something with the mess that is their stuff.

Look at the pictures of their stuff.  I realize that kids have their little collections of shit, but does my little one really need that half ball of orange string on her dresser and duct tape wallet??  Does my oldest really need that 7 inch cadre of stackable pencil erasers?  What's worse it that when Mommy asks them to clean up their rooms, they just rearrange the clutter instead of dispersing it. 

I am not saying that they need to go on Hoarders  or anything that drastic.  I may not always be neat and tidy...But I am organized.  In fact, I pride myself on my Ability when it comes to organization.  To the untrained- one might look at my desk and see momentary chaos.  But I know where everything is.  Over winter break I went through every drawer and cabinet in my kitchen and desk and neatened and straightened and tossed and tidied up.  My motto is and always has been , if you haven't used it ,worn it, looked at it, or missed it in a year - See ya!  Donate and Liberate!

Just ask my mom. When I was a kid, I would redecorate my room and rearrange my closets and drawers every few months.  I can't recall ever needing to told to clean my room, because it usually was.  I used to help my sisterbestfriend organize and clean her house in exchange for laundry priviledges (amongst other things...heh, heh sisterbestfriend).  I worked retail at Pier One and my favorite part of the job was setting tables and folding napkins and organizing the knick-knack bins.  So as much as my girls are messy - Mommy seems to be boarderline OCD in the neat freak department.  Not that there is anything wrong with that mind you.

Imagine my chagrin when we had our usual Thanksgiving lavish party , and I (who prides herself on everything in it's place and a place for everything) was teased by friends for being too organized?  Is there such a thing?  Nobody cleans my kitchen but me for that reason.  I don't need anyone making fun of where my coffee filters go (next to the coffee cups of course...makes perfect sense to me since you use both at the same time usually, don't you?)  I know, that was months ago- get over it, Swirl Girl.

So join me, won't you?  On my quest to rid myself and my house of Junk and Stuff.  It's only February, and we still have 10 months to #2, #6, and #9.  And if you can't find me ...I'll be the one buried under all the crap, crap and more crap sucking my thumb ..alone , hungry amd sore.


Miranda said...

Hey, that's where the coffee filters GO! Right next to the cups, in the cupboard above the coffee pot. I got your back on that one, girly! We have tons of crap - but most of it has a place .. that which doesn't - next week I have a date with it!


Keys to the Magic Travel said...

My girls are horrible when it comes to hanging on to stuff. But they surely don't seem to miss it when I go through and purge. And then this weekend I have to hang, tag, and organize all our crap for a consignment sale. It's too overwhelming to even get started!

JenJen said...

ha I wish someone would call me a name like "organized" once in a while. Alas, nope. More like "shhh just pat her head and all will be well"

Pollyanna said...

I have so many boxes, bins & shelves for "organization" you'd think I was the queen of such. How wrong you would be - I don't know what I'm going to do with myself. As for the kids crap, I occassionally go through and pitch things - they never even notice!

MommaKiss said...

I used to be organized. Wow. that was a while ago.
Now I'm just trying to muddle through the hot wheels and diapers.
And apparently I'm attempting that 52 fabu thing, too - been hurting myself regularly at the gym! misery loves company :)

Mommy, I'm Home said...

You are nicer than I am. I'm not asking or telling. I'm just dumping all the kid's crap myself...

Natasha said...

Oooh I used to rearrange my furniture and stuff when I was a kid too! It feels so good de-cluttering and cleaning out stuff doesn't it. :)

kristi said...

I love to organize. Have already done the kids closets. Can't wait to be off work for awhile to paint and do my own closet!

Anonymous said...

I'm scared to watch Hoarders after all the things I've heard.

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Danielle said...

Good luck with the transformation, but you are already fabulous!

Danielle said...

Good luck with the transformation, but you are already fabulous!

for a different kind of girl said...

Dear heaven, seriously, my oldest has a duct tape wallet jammed somewhere atop the apocalypse that is the top of his dresser, and that mess is just a small portion of the horror movies that are both boys' rooms. Cleaning out the out the house is a goal this year for me. I'd absolutely love to clear my entire house out to the driveway and then only bring half of the stuff back in...then fight off my husband, who refuses to throw stuff away.

Justine said...

Ha! You think their stuff is bad? You should see my girls rooms! Half the time we can't even see their floor!

Are you really THAT organized in your kitchen? I mean, I get the coffee filter thing (who the hell still uses/needs paper filters?) but what about your fridge?

Justine :o )

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I've always liked that one year use test. Unfortunately I get emotionally attached to things, so I'm as likely to get rid of a sweater I haven't worn in over a year than I am a grandparent I haven't visited for a couple christmases, but still - it's a good system!

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Together We Save said...

I really need to make my kids get into this too.... time to clean it all out!!

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AdriansCrazyLife said...

Here's a hint with cleaning like that. Give them a box and tell them to pick their *most* favorite 10 or 15 toys out of each shelf or box. Then ask their permission to give the rest of the stuff to the "poor kids". As long as they aren't losing their favorites, my kids were always just fine with letting the rest go.

Cristin said...

We've been in a lengthy decrapifying process here...donated a crapload of crap and threw away a crapload as well. Hubs has admitted to hoarder tendencies, but managed to toss tons of crap.

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