We met up with our old nanny for lunch on Sunday. As we were waiting for her to arrive at the restaurant we were chatting about our upcoming vacation. I’m not sure how we exactly got on the topic, but Caden asked “Are we taking a vacation away from our house?” So I asked her “Do you want to get away from our house?” Her reply – “Yes, because it’s so messy.”
I think they seriously got more presents for their birthday than they did for Christmas. We absorbed the Christmas presents okay, but this influx has been too much. Plus, the toys are so different now. They have all of these little pieces and markers and it’s hard to keep track of it all. Things are overflowing and so many things need a home.
We picked up some pencil boxes to put their new crayons in, and I eyed some other bins. But, I feel like everything ends up in a wicker bin of some sort, and then I have 5342 bins in my living room.
I raided my cookbooks and pulled 75% of them to sell. I wasn’t even sad about it since I rarely use them anymore, and we really needed the space in that cupboard. We gained two shelves by clearing those out, so at least now the play doh, moon dough, crayons, and other craft projects have a home.
I picked two puzzles to sell, and the play food moved downstairs. I wish we used the downstairs playroom more, but we just don’t, not even in the winter. I have a feeling we’ll get rid of the play kitchen and food next fall. Sad, but there’s only so much room for toys around here!
And, since I now know the mess bothers Caden too, I went the Fly Lady route and set my kitchen timer for 10 minutes and got to cleaning after the girls went to bed. It’s kind of amazing what you can accomplish in 10 minutes!