Now that Christmas has finally been packed away in the attic, I’m nesting. I think of it as having all the benefits of being pregnant and about to pop without the swollen ankles, 11 p.m. cravings for Taco Bell MexiMelts, or labor pains.
I’ve been on an organizing and decluttering spree (must make room for those 9 million plastic hair accessories left by Santa), and I’ve written an article at DivineCaroline about stylish storage finds for toys I found on the Web. Since Christmas I’ve filled a 30-gallon trash bag with clothes Miss A has outgrown, encouraged Miss C to go through her room and watched her happily fill a bag with stuffed animals to donate to Goodwill, removed all of our kitchen cabinet hardware and washed it in the dishwasher, and organized our family home movie DVDs and put them in chronological order.
Now if I can just train our dogs to only shed hair outside. Jack, our Akita mix, is doing his annual full coat blowout and so far he’s lost enough fur to stuff a California king duvet. Honestly if a vacuum cleaner manufacturer wants to adopt a family, please consider us. We are the poster family for Hepa filtration.
Lo and behold the urge to organize in January must be universal because it’s all over the blogosphere…
Fabulous Mommy Fussypants posted a cool, and frugal, idea recently for storing kids’ toys.
Meredith at Like Merchant Ships wrote about toy storage.
My fellow DivineCaroline buddy, Amy Clark at Mom Advice, wrote an article about frugal storage options.
The blogger formerly known as the Sarcastic Journalist, Rachel, has a new blog chronicling her family’s quest to live a simpler life, free from the urge to buy, buy, buy. And Chris at Notes from the Trenches has a new blog chronicling her family’s (of seven children) quest to stop shopping for one year.
For me, the fight against clutter is a bit of a challenge. Sure I have a 5-year-old who willingly fills a bag with her unwanted stuffed animals, but she slept with the Target toy wish book during the entire month of December and has been brainwashed by Billy Mays infomercials.
p.s. Christine at From Dates to Diapers asked me to help spread the word about the Pure Essentials laundry supply giveaway on her blog…go check it out! As someone who recently had to make a few trips to the laundromat due to a broken dryer, I found myself extremely grateful for the ability to do laundry at home. Yes, sometimes it’s the simple things that make you happy.