Before the kids came along, my house was clean and organized about 99% of the time. EVERYTHING had it’s place, and everything was spotless. You could drop by at anytime of the day, and this was pretty much the case, no matter what day it was. My house was a clean freak’s dream.
Then I had kids.
I know you will relate to me when I say, holy sweet hell do kids need a lot of stuff.
Of course, it’s not just the stuff they need, like clothes, shoes, hair accessories (why yes, I do live with a four year old princess), but there is all that other crap, like toys, and craft stuff, and dvds, and games, and oh yes, BOOKS.
Now, add in two sets of grandparents, godparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, friends, and various stragglers looking for cake and free alcohol, and every birthday, Easter, and Christmas is a nightmare of more incoming stuff. Also, if that wasn’t enough, Greeks also celebrate something called a Nameday, which usually leads to envelopes of money for the lucky person celebrating, but may also involve MORE stuff to fit into an already overcrowded home.
Do you get where I’m going with this? Even if I never bought either kid a thing, ever again, I would still be overwhelmed and inundated with STUFF until the end of time, or until I lose my mind – whichever comes first.
Because of all this STUFF, every year, I try to do a purge around this time of year, getting rid of things the kids don’t use, play with or fit into any more. I then save it all and have a massive garage sale in the spring. Around these parts (ie. my house) I’m known as the garage sale queen – the last two garage sales I had, I made $1700. At each of them. That’s $3400 at two garage sales selling mainly kids stuff. Yes, you may bow at my awesomeness. I blogged about it once, way way back — feel free to read it if you need some pointers.
So, it’s that time again, time to do a big purge and I’m calling it TOSS THE CRAP 2011, because I plan to be ruthless and brutal this year. And with the stuff that I hate to get rid of, like books, or toys the kids actually do enjoy, I’m trying to downsize as much as I can. Take my word for it – do it when they’re sleeping – the screaming is really minimized that way.
Insert evil cackle here.
Sadly, along with the major purge, comes the need to organize what is left behind.
And sadly this,
(You are looking at 600+ alphabetized Pokemon cards – if this isn’t a cry for help, I don’t know what is. Seriously, I lost two HOURS of my life so that I can say my seven year old’s Pokemon cards are organized. Imagine how long the linen closet is going to take.)
I plan to continue blogging about my Toss The Crap SPECTACULAR whenever I conquer another corner of my home, mainly as a reference to prove to myself that it was in fact clean at one time – because you know, kids have a way of moving things around.
I wonder if they sell kiddie straightjackets. (Thinking aloud and mostly kidding)