Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Closet maintenance

In the spirit of home maintenance, I went to start doing some touch-up painting on my woodwork the other day. I went to my stash of 15 miscellaneous leftover paint cans in the garage, and wouldn't you know, the color I needed (WHITE) was dried solid. That led to an unplanned can-sorting binge. Sheesh, even the things I keep around for "maintenance" have to be maintained!

Anyway, since that took all of ten minutes (why do I put off things so long, thinking they are going to take all day?), I moved on to the big girls' closet. I promised I was going to remove half of what they owned, and I think I am succeeding. So far I have ten garbage-bags-full to donate to our youth group's garage sale. I am ruthlessly getting rid of everything that is either worn out, or that is obviously never going to be worn (even if it's a "perfectly good" hand-me-down, which is SO HARD for me!). I must be strong and press onward.

Here's where I left off yesterday. Today I get to clean up the mess.

But before I get too deep into the hand-me-downs, I will leave you with another of our 3-year-old's cute-isms.

We are reading The Wizard of Oz aloud before bed, and she is surprisingly "into" the story. Last night we read how the Scarecrow received his brains (which, unlike the movie, was a mixture of bran and pins, or "bran-new brains!").

This morning, the Little One was feeling the braids that her big sister's friend had put in her hair last night. "Mom!" she said, excitedly. "I have bran-new brains, too!"


Jenn @ Knee-Deep in Munchkin Land said...

Oh... my! You are one ambitious Mommy! The thought of cleaning out closets and dressers usually has me quaking in my shoes. And I loved your three-year-old's "ism". =) That was too, too cute!

Sarah said...

Doesn't it feel grand to clean out a closet! Maybe I'm strange for feeling such glee, but it is everso satisfying. And it's a good chance to feel that you are cutting the "junk" out of your life and simplifying, spring cleaning is the best! I bet my daughter would love to read Wizard of Oz, she's such a bookie, which I love. Good luck with all your maintanence projects, they never seem to end.

Beck said...

You know what? I think you've inspired me to do the same thing with my kids' stuff, too. Thanks!

Laura said...

Wow! Good job attacking the closet. Kids clothes are so hard to stay on top off. Just think how awesome you are going to feel when its done!

If you need some more motivation you'll have to read the poem I wrote called "The Big Push". It's all in fun of course...he he.


Melissa said...

I feel your pain on the closet thing...I tackled that this weekend! Good luck.

Lori - Queen of Dirty Laundry said...

Oh my goodness, that hand-me-down thing and kids' clothes in general may be what eventually drive me over the edge. It seems like every time I make some progress with getting rid of excess clothes, twice as much come in. And I'm just like you, in that I hate to get rid of "perfectly good" hand-me-downs. Congrats on making some headway!

Katrina @ Callapidder Days said...

Very cute!

My 8-year-old's closet and dresser need an overhaul, but I've been avoiding it. Sigh... I should put my hubby to the task -- he loves throwing out anything and everything.

Bethany said...

That is sooooo cute!