Thursday, April 19, 2012

My house needs an enema

Lately I've been working on trying to get my house to not look like 17 children live in it. So I'm investing in cute storage bins and trying to be more organized, which somehow turns into me being just as disorganized while now wondering what the hell to do with a green woven basket. I look longingly at the kids rooms in magazines, which always manage to look cute and organized but not like someone with OCD lives there. I want my kids room to look like this. Desperately. But here's the thing. We seem to have accumulated an overabundance of crap. Not toys or stuffed animals or art supplies or legos. Crap. Like the plastic thingamajigs that they get sent home from the dentist with. Or the lovely pinata items from the last 12 birthday parties. Or the cheap made in China stuff that the easter bunny broke down and bought them at CVS the night before Easter. Just 100% crap. And sadly, my kids seem to love this stuff more than anything else they own. SO WHAT DO YOU DO WITH CRAP? I actually have a (cute, green) basket on my daughter's dresser that is filled with this crap, but the crap is endless. Do I create more crap baskets? Do I cull the crap? (Every time I try to do this my daughter senses some kind of tremor in the force and manages to find the crap I've thrown away and resuscitate it back to her room/crap basket.) Is it just us that this is happening to? Are we crap magnets? Crap hoarders? They say admitting it is the first step to getting help. So here we go. My name is JJ, and I am a crapaholic. Now someone come help me.


Alissa Maxwell said...

Darn! I was really hoping you had suddenly found a way to organize/contain the explosion without your house looking like a preschool. As for the crap, we talk a lot about how those trinkets are "disposable toys" and probably won't last long. I don't harp on the kids to put them away, so when they get left under the couch or wherever, I just toss them in the garbage. Harsh mom move, I know.

My problems are:
1. If I use cute bins, the kids won't play with it because it's hidden in the bins, and
2. It seems 80% of our stuff is just too big or odd shaped for bins. Urgh.

Colleen said...

My boys seem to love the crap more than any other toy as well. Like Alissa, I give them warnings about putting the crap away in the crap baskets, and then if it is still left out, I trash it. It helps a little, even if it is one piece of crap at a time.

Amy Howard said...

We too, are craptastic. I can't even see the top of their dresser. I tend to purge crap while they sleep, or are at school, and when they ask about it, I say, I'm not sure where it is, maybe you should be more careful about where you put your precious treasures? And then they say I left it right here on the nightstand, next to the broken play-doh dog and the dime Dad gave me, and the hair clip. The nightstand is like the island of misfit toys. All those bits and pieces have a home, they just don't ever get to go there. In other words, I have no help. I can, however, offer you several glasses of wine.