Take two-a-days, for example. FOUR (count 'em!) trips per day to the high school. Yes, it's character building for the kids, and I did feel a bit sorry for Allie-14 running in the heat and all. But what about for the parents? Those of us whose days are cut into thin, thirty-minute ribbons? Character, schmaracter. I have all I need of that. I can't wait until she can DRIVE!
And then there's the issue of how things generally fall apart when no one is there to supervise (or when one is only home in 30-minute ribbons). In this case, things began to fall apart the first day I packed a box which included things like our Chore Clips. I finally got those back in gear last week, after an entire summer without them. So now, instead of repeating myself a hundred times to pick up the socks left in the living room, I can calmly write it down and point to the clip. "Yes, I would be happy to fix you a sandwich as soon as you complete the items on your list." Oh, that feels SO GOOD.
The dishes situation is one I've needed to address for a long time. It drives me crazy when the dishwasher is to the right of the sink, and people think they should plop their dirty dishes directly on the counter above it. Then one has to move everything to the left to get all the encrusted cereal out of the bowl, then again to the right to load it up and/or hand-wash, because with a family of 7, there is NEVER room for everything in the dishwasher.
(All this trouble because our ancient dishwasher is really not a "washer" at all - it's a Very Hot Rinse Cycle.)
No, the process should go left to right. Obviously my kids weren't getting it with verbal instruction, so I posted some signs.
Counter to the left of the sink (note the dirty pitcher waiting to be washed. Lovely. But in the right place, so I'm happy.):
Left sink (I like to keep a coffee cup of soapy water in this one so those of non-loading age can place their silverware in it, rather than randomly on the bottom of the germ-laden sink, or worse, in the bottom of a greasy pan of who-knows-what. Who wants to stick their hand in that to fish them out?):Right sink:Counter to right of sink (there are usually some pots and pans drying here, so seriously, folks. Don't get my clean stuff germy!):
Of course, my limited success in that venture led to other labeling. It's sad when there are so many baskets in the laundry room that you have to label which ones are "dirty."
Or when it is NOT obvious that the overflowing pile of dirty sheets and towels is the place to put YOUR dirty sheets and towels. It's that entitlement mentality ("Oh, you mean you want ME to put MINE there, too? I thought I could just drop mine on the floor, because I'm special."). We're working on it.
Kinda like my pitiful post the other day. I'm discovering that the "familiar" for me includes not only the home itself, but also the systems that helped