Tuesday, December 09, 2008

My "Bottom Part"

Shelbi over at Keeper of the Chocolates wrote a lovely entry about the things we surrender as mothers. Things that are less than perfect, but in the grand scheme of things are worth surrendering.

There are several things that come to mind for me, but the main one is Olivia's room. Especially her closet & drawers. My closet & drawers are in perfect order most of the time. Each piece of clothing has its place.

I got tired of nagging her about straightening her clothes, and a few years ago I gave up that battle. However, there is a trade off -- she is now responsible for putting away her own clothes and ironing anything that was shoved in a drawer that is too wrinkled to wear. If I find something she has not worn & put in the hamper because it was too wrinkled, I keep it for at least a week. We are both much happier that this issue has been put to rest.

The inside of her drawers can look like this...

As long as when the drawers are closed the dresser looks like this...

That was one sweet surrender!!


keeper of the chocolates said...

oh penny :) i had to surrender the 'messie' drawers syndrome too...but i love the idea you have for holding her accountable. way to go...i bet she appreciates it too. it will help her to learn to be organized now. everything in it's place. it just works right when things are put back where they belong.

i tell my littlest ones every day...'everything has a 'home', how would yuuuuuuuu feel if someone didn't bring you back home?? hmmmm deary!?' hehe. they just give me that sideways glance and look at me as if i am half crazy. (and i guess i am) ;)

carolynn said...

I'm sure you won't be surprised to hear that we share the drawer issue. I also surrendered. :)

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Penny said...

I figure my mom bugged me about keep my drawers clean & I didn't, but I eventually learned to keep them neat and organized. I'm sure Olivia will be no different.

LOL...C! How did I know you would understand the drawers (and "color coded" closet...lol)!!