Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: In an Australian kitchen
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Exactly! Exactly that - even if each person has 2 pairs of shoes, that's still 14 pairs sitting there. It is just a lot and there is no other way to describe it.
Thanks guys, seriously, thanks so much.. the posts kept me just that little bit more sane until I could figure out what to do.
I ended up packing the toys. One time after I had a nap, I got up to find stuff just everywhere and I mean everywhere.. I could not step without kicking something, without stepping on something.. and not all of it was toys.. Some was food, some was craft stuff, clothes.. It was messy, filthy even and the OCD in me reached it's tipping point. I went silent for about an hour while I recouped my thoughts (I am trying this new thing out where I don't scream my head off the second I am pissed) and then I gathered the kids and said very gently "I'm sorry, but until you can show me that you can take care of your stuff, your stuff is to be packed". I reminded them that we have had a please pack up your stuff after you're done conversation many times before to no avail and mama can no longer tolerate the constant mess. So that's it, the stuff is packed indefinitely. Thankfully we have a big yard, so the kids can play outside all day if need be. All they have now is their workbooks and the yard. I feel like a complete a hole, like a failure of a parent, but for the sake of my ever diminishing sanity, I need to implement something that will just STOP it all for now. I will update on how this goes in a week's time from now..
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