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What got me all sporky last week- cleaning the Girl’s room.


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I know. I’m a horrible mother. I let my children just have their way and leave their shit out everywhere. They don’t make their beds. They have piles and piles of crap. It’s like an episode of hoarders in their rooms. Minus the rat feces and ferrets living in an arm chair.

My friend was coming to stay with us and she was to sleep in Emma’s room. I couldn’t imagine her in there in the state it was. Let alone, you couldn’t even see the floor to put an air mattress on it for her daughter. So I was going in. We are talking, rubber gloves, Haz Mat suit, Asbestos mask, the full meal deal. It was necessary.

This is what I was faced with:

The problem was, Emma doesn’t part from her things very well. She’s sentimental. There were dolls, Polly Pockets and journals from 1st Grade. She’s in 7th Grade now people! She is also very lazy. She doesn’t put away her clothes. They are just all over the room. Not in drawers, not on hangers, not even in the dirty clothes hamper. Just …. everywhere. Sometimes, I’ll find a sock on her book case. Or a  rogue pair of underwear she tossed will be sitting on her window sill. Really.

It took me two days of just pulling stuff out of drawers, from under the bed, out of the closet, and making the choice of- toss it, or keep it. I drove to Goodwill with 8 bags of clothes and crap and 3 boxes of books and knick knacky shit.

I put the other bookcase in Owen’s room. He’s a book hoarder. That’s better than most kids, so I’m okay with that.

Once I vaccumed, washed the bed (even the dust ruffle!), put everything back together again- I felt amazed. And clean. And tired. Very tired.

I told McSweetie that I did such a good job I’m going out to buy myself a present. One guess what his reaction to that was.  Yeah, you’re right- he rolled his eyes.

So here’s the big reveal. Pretend it’s the Nate Berkus show and I’m waving my magic wand. Cue tinkly chime music-

Next on the list- my home office.

Holy crap, we are frickin’ slobs!

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Comments

  1. Wait ’til she is older…it only gets worse. I survived/ing an 18, 17 and 13 year old but not without disinfectant wipes, rubber gloves and wine…. LOTS of wine. If i opened up my office door…. CPS would be knocking the doors down to take the children… then im sure adult protective services would be called to rescue me… i just know it. I think im ordering lunch now.

  2. If this was my kids room, you could go back in about 2 hrs and it would look like the before picture again! So frustrating some times! But it looks great!

  3. I’m so glad that my house and my kids aren’t the only ones like this! Mine are boys, 2 &6 years old. I’ve got a long road ahead of me, and if they are anything like their dad, I’m in trouble. I believe he still owns some t-shirts he had in Jr. High school (he’s 35!).

  4. YAY!!!! It’s NOT just me!!! I feel the pain you’re feeling Rebecca. My daughters’ rooms are awful, and trying to get from one side of the room to another is always an adventure. You never know what you’re going to step on (or in). But can I also say YAY I’m happy to see that it’s NOT just my house that is sometimes in shambles. Your home office makes me feel happy. Is that wrong?

    Teri
    Snarkfest

  5. Why isn’t there a reality show called “Super Slobs!”?

  6. hahahaha! I love looking at this…sorrry. My kids (and I) are the same way.

  7. Our rooms are all nightmares. NIGHTMARES! Kudos!! You survived in your hazmat suit!

  8. I never get tired of your honesty. I just loved this post. (Some of the rooms in my house looking like this were part of the reason I created my blog. I just couldn’t pretend anymore!!!)