I have a pretty good system going for getting things done while Addie is at school. I know what doesn’t get done by 2:20, which is when she comes storming in through the door demanding a snack and Candyland rematch, probably isn’t going to get done that day so it gets bumped to the next day. But what I want to discuss with you, keeper-of-the-house to keeper-of-the-house, is what actually never gets done. Those things that never get put away. The things that get shoved to a corner until finally that corner becomes the designated corner of where that random thing goes. I know it happened before we had kids, but now that Addie is older she has her own weird corners of where stuff goes.
Like right up there? Sure, it may look like a mantel, but that’s actually where the camcorder goes. If it weren’t there I would have no idea where to look for it.
You have these strange magical spots in your house too, right?
With me doing what I do, there is always a laptop in our living room.
I’m able to keep them fairly well-maintained by shoving them under couches when company comes over or on the very lovely laptop desk my daddy built me (psst, he has an etsy shop!). We’ve started storing baby toys in the moses basket the baby outgrew in approximately 7 hours. Crayons are now housed in old wipe containers, have been forever, and there’s always one of those somewhere downstairs — one never knows when the urge to color may strike. Games go under the bookshelf, hair ties and bows go on the left corner of the counter along with the eyeglass cleaning cloth and the eye drops. My camera is always out somewhere, no real need to put it away since I use it pretty much everyday.
And then there’s the junk mail counter of doom.
I don’t care how many organizational shows I watch or how many articles I read about keeping the CoD (counter of doom) under control, it always goes back to wild and unruly until I take time to sort through it.
I’ve noticed that Addie has taken to having strange little spots for her own treasures and frequently used items. On her top bunk rail is where her Nintendo DS goes. No matter how many times I ask her to put it in the case and hang it on her door, she forgets it’s there. But it always seems to make it back to the top bunk and not get lost once there. On her headboard is where a photo of her family goes and any jewelry that she has goes on the very edge of her bookshelf.
Do your kids have strange little places for the things that they use most often?
Do YOU have a junk mail counter of doom?
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