Yesterday I shared my habit of making an annual birthday resolution, rather than the standard New Year’s resolution. This year, I have decided to tackle a project that has been weighing on me for a long, long time… I’m going to gradually purge, declutter and organize my entire house.
Decluttering and organizing may not sound like a big deal to a lot of people out there, but in my house it definitely is. You see, I’m married to a keeper. When I say keeper, I don’t mean just in the traditional sense that I love him and we’re going to be together forever. I say that because he’s a keeper of all things, and hates to throw anything away. If it’s broken, we can fix it. If it’s old, we can still make it work. And if it was a gift, well, we have to keep it forever. Even if it is both old and broken.
Last night my family celebrated the winter solstice by building a fire in our back yard fire pit, drinking warm apple cider and talking about what why we are grateful.
If you’ve ever tried to build a fire outside, you know that it can sometimes be a challenge. Especially if the air is moist and the wood is damp. One way to make it a little bit easier is to make a homemade fire starter.
Since becoming a mom, I’ve noticed one, very important thing. If The Goose is going to throw up, it’s going to happen in the middle of the night.
The first time it happened we were stumbling around in the dark, trying to change pajamas, remake beds (ours, not his) and calm a little boy who had no idea what was going on – all while trying really hard not to throw up, too. (You’ve heard of the vomit domino effect, right?)
At one time or another we’ve all seen it – the big plastic bag filled with plastic bags. Sometimes it hangs from a kitchen chair. Sometimes it hangs from a door knob. Sometimes it is just sitting on the floor. It’s unsightly, it’s bulky, and it’s unnecessary. And it drives me nuts.
The Goose is a bit like a ferret, in that he likes to hoard things. He stuffs items in secret hiding places throughout the house. I’ll find a stash of Legos behind the entertainment center, a box of cereal bars in his suitcase, or my whisk, turkey baster and vegetable steamer under his train table.
Because The Goose’s clutter tends to pile up quickly, I need a creative solution for storing kids stuff. Here are some ideas that I use to keep his stuff organized, in plain sight, and accessible, so he can both get it out and put it away on his own.