July 23, 2009
Homeschooling adds more time with kids at home, plus school supplies for the whole family = clutter trouble!
Since we’re on a de-cluttering theme this week, I thought I’d add a little humor – feel free to add to the list:
10 Signs You’re a Clutter-oholic
- You don’t startle at thunder, because you’re used to random loud noises when something in the house crashes to the floor from it’s precarious perch at the top of a pile.
- You love garage sales, always bring treasures home . . . and they never leave. You shrug off your spouse’s questions about when you’re going to have a garage sale to get rid of all your junk. (It’s NOT junk!)
- You just pay the lost fee for the occasional library book. If you can’t find it in the couch cushions, under the car seat, or between the bed and the wall, there’s no telling where it is.
- You laugh when you hear others complain about dusting. You don’t have to dust your surfaces . . . All of them are covered in stuff.
- You have to launch into the history of an item to someone who is really listening, before you can throw it away . . . much like a eulogy. After that, it can respectfully be laid to rest.
- Your one bottle of furniture polish lasts you 5 years. You rarely clean all the way down to the wood so you can use it.
- If asked to throw something away, continual lists of possible uses, categorized by function, run through your mind: craft ideas, as a food item, sewn into clothing, component of a recycled sculpture, use by other children, neighbors, starving children in Africa, etc., etc.
- When someone mentions ‘spring cleaning’, you ask, “Which spring?”
- You have thick hot pads in the kitchen to give yourself time to dance around with a hot pan from the oven until you can clear a spot to set it down.
- You “Wow” your husband, kids, and friends by walking straight into a pile of stuff, moving a few things aside, and emerging with the exact item they were looking for. “Just ‘cuz it looks messy, doesn’t mean I don’t know where everything is!”
Here are some more ideas on making household chores fun.
How about you? Do you have a ‘clutter-oholic sign’ to add to the list?
Or maybe a suggestion to help the rest of us keep the clutter under control. We’d love to hear what you think!