A Little Less Scrambled with a Side of Squirrel
Last week, I was a little scrambled with my intentions. The other day, however, I was A Little Less Scrambled with a Side of Squirrel. I slept in till about 9:30 and then headed downstairs to see what awaited me.
Kids awaited me.
And dogs and cats and Big Daddy.
I did have a goal and that was to cut hair. There are lots of heads of hair that I needed to trim up. When there is such a need, what does one do? Well, they call their mama. So, I called my mama. We chatted a good bit while I pet the dogs.
The resolve to do anything was dissipating by about 10 am. I sat down to work on my calendar, check emails, and such. Jude got out ground beef for supper and I got him off to basketball practice. We are in a bit of a conundrum because we are down a vehicle so everything has to work together well in order for everyone to get from point A to point B.
In the midst of life
I went into, what is now Hunter and Daniel’s room. See, we only have 3 bedrooms downstairs so we have had to play musical rooms for a long time. When we had all the kids here, we had 3 boys in a room, 2 girls in a room, a big girl in her own room, and Hunter up here.
Now that 2 kids have moved out, we have 1 girl in a room and the other 2 rooms have 2 boys each. Originally we had Noah (18) and Daniel (15) in a room, but that did not work out for specific reasons. Now, we have Noah (18) and Jude (13) in a room. D and Hunter share a room. D has a loft bed, so that frees up space to add a desk for him.
When we got our new bed, upstairs, we moved the massive cabinets downstairs to D and H’s room, so they would have space to put their clothes. It has all be a process. All that being said, I have a front “coat closet” that we have added shelves to and cubbies. This has been Hunter’s “room” for a long time.
Glorified Coat Closet
I use the word “room” lightly because all it has in there are his toys, dress-up clothes, and books. It does not have any doors on it. We took those off when he got sick because it was too hard to maneuver his gait walker or wheelchair in that space. This space is ALWAYS a mess. It looks like a 5 yr old boy plays in there and that is perfectly fine, but it gets on my nerves.
We need to paint it, as well as the hall, and change some things up. Yet, it is functional, he uses it every day and we try and keep it contained. I decided to move things around and move ALL his toys into his room.
Reduce and watch your kids’ imaginations soar.
That was a success. We threw away a lot of stuff and we put up a lot of stuff. By the phrase “put up” that means that I bagged up what he didn’t play with and I took it out of his toy “rotation.”
When a kid has fewer options to play with, you will find that they start actually playing. An influx of toys can cause a kid to have sensory overload because they do not know what to play with because of all the colors, textures, noises, etc.
I rotate every 6 months so he feels like he is getting new things often 🙂 Smart girl, I know! While I was moving from here to there to yonder, Alyssa came home.
We found ourselves talking at the kitchen table with a massive amount of legos. So, what do 2 squirrely girls do? We color code the legos and then arrange them by shape…yes sir, that is what we do.
When we finished talking, we were finished with our squirrel sorting…then, she went to the bedroom to help me finish my task of organizing. Guess what we did? Oh, yes we did! We took over 10,000 pieces of legos, dumped them, and sorted them by color and shape.
Clearly, we have issues or a lot to chat about. After about 2 hours of not getting the room done, not cleaning the original closet out, not starting supper, not cutting hair, and not accomplishing anything other than color-coding/sizing legos…we gave up.
I will have you know that it was a sense of accomplishment that lasted 0.4 seconds! We did end up finishing that room and closet. I did cut hair and cook supper. It was late, but it was done!