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 ...no, 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.