…Five. … Six! …

I was cleaning the girls’ room…

…SEVEN!!! …

…emptying out the space behind the door, on top of and under and over the doll bed that was hiding there.


Finding eight dirty, crumpled socks smashed in the doll bed along with old school papers, an assortment of toys, random bits of garbage and other dirty laundry sent me into full blown mom freak out mode.

Perhaps you are familiar. It involves high pitched squeaky voices, excessive use of the word “seriously”, a significant amount of arm waving and glassy eyed children who just show up to watch the spectacle without taking in any of the information.

When the arm waving wound down and the children went back to “cleaning” other areas I stomped downstairs with an armful of things that belonged elsewhere in the house wondering why on earth the kids thought it was acceptable to just throw stuff in piles in the corner and call it clean.

Seriously, don’t they realize that their toys have places to go I thought as I chucked tape into the dresser drawer that houses the world’s largest “junk” drawer.

“These things have places they belong!” I hollered up the stairs as I tossed crayons and markers onto a shelf in the office.

At what age do they actually put things where they belong instead of just throwing them in piles I fumed as I tossed nail polish on my closet shelf. I had to do it twice. It fell off the first time because of the pile of unused baby carriers, clothes that are only “barely” dirty (different from kinda dirty – those go on the chair), clothes that need mending, a bag of nail polish that was never unpacked from Thanksgiving, jeans with a broken button, and an old e-reader.


It’s possible some of us never learn.




9 comments on ““Cleaning”

  1. Julie says:

    Amazing what we save and collect over the years……..

    • Jessie says:

      Only good stuff clearly! Those baby carriers are dear to my heart and I can’t possibly just give them away to someone who will not cherish them as I have and so I’ll pile them under slightly dirty clothes until then… (yeah- I’m a pack-rat…) 🙂

  2. Jesska says:

    Yeah! Love it 🙂

    • Jessie says:

      I’m going to pretend this means that you also have piles of things that are “put away” and then I’ll fill less alone in the world- if that’s not the case no offense meant but please don’t burst my bubble and tell me that *everything* has a place in your home! 😉

      • Jesska says:

        You don’t have to pretend it…. It’s realler than your imagination. I have piles of things which don’t even pretend to be put away – they’re in limbo, moved away from where they once were (to make way for other thingage), but as yet not reached their destination :S I know they exist (hard not to when they spread themselves out so far), and I know that the things probably do have real homes somewhere. I just haven’t got the oomph to take them there..
        However. This year, this freshly broken into year 2017, is going to be the year I work on nurturing my oomph, and potentially, as a side effect, the year I can see all the flat surfaces in my house at the same time.
        We can hope, right? Hope dies last… 🙂

  3. Diane Wiese says:

    I think it is amazing that you found 8 socks. I would have been more upset with 7 socks!

    • Jessie says:

      You know I was just so focused on the amount of socks that I didn’t even think about that! You are right, silver lining found!!! 😀

  4. Now I’m smiling. Happy New Year to you and your family.

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