I’m not sure when my ‘clean’ gene kicked in, but I know it was sometime in my late teens. I suspect it had something to do with the cleanliness with which our house was kept as I was growing up, coupled with the fact that, as a child, I didn’t have much “stuff.” I didn’t have action figures, or Hot Wheels cars lying around. No, everything I had could easily be hidden under the bed, in the closet, or in the hideously 70s green colored toy box my dad made for me. Even when I was single, I was never afraid to have a girl over to my condo because it was always immaculate, even with my dog there.
But the funny thing is, my organization only goes so far as the exterior. Once something is in a box, or in a drawer, it can be as disorganized as it wants and I’m generally OK with it.
Out of sight…out of mind
If you were to walk through our house either at night after the kids go to bed, or after the kids go to school in the mornings, you would hardly know we have kids. CareerMom and I do our best to keep things picked up and hidden. We do such a good job compared to CareerMom’s siblings in fact, that my MIL is always remarking about how clean our house is.
Don’t get me wrong, we clean a lot, but the trick my friend, is in storage.
Let me show you some of our many storage areas:
The Bombay Company cedar-lined toy(?) box
The really really tall, dark-wood entertainment center we bought in our old house…that really doesn’t work with a large flat-screen TV
Living room bookcase on the left…
…and…Living room bookcase on the right
Let it also be said that there MUST be at least one “tosser” in the marriage. And I use the word “tosser” in the American vernacular to mean, “Someone who throws things out,” as compared to the English tosser which generally means, “wanker.” And if you need further explanation as to the origins of the word “wanker,” well then, I’m just gonna send you here.
3 thoughts on “Marriage and child-rearing…tricks of the trade part 1”
I spy Candy Land 🙂
RE: Until recently, we had two Candy Lands. I finally threw one away. Those little flimsy cards in there go to junk waaaay before the board does.
I have no kids and my house is a mess. Oh, and at least two rooms are littered with things to amuse the cats.
Did I mention that we have no storage?
I agree there has to be a ‘tosser’ if not than there will be a mess.
It’s reminds of a finance class I took with my partner, in which Dave Ramsey said: “In finances there are the nerds and the free spirits an the two have to learn how to work together.”
The nerd being the person who keeps track of everything. They study, the draw graphs, they study and are very interested in facts. And the free spirit just lets things get worked out, lives more on intuition.
I am more of a tosser, but the more time my partner and I share together the more we become like the other. I now keep more stuff, and she is getting better at tossing stuff.