Well…not exactly. I mean…not at all. But it feels “new” if new means that it feels like it’s not ours anymore. Our house has been overrun and stolen from us…by stuff.
Let me explain.
I knew kids accumulated stuff (I mean I accumulate a lot of stuff!). But I am flabbergasted by how much STUFF our twins have accumulated in their oh-so-short lives. It’s amazing. We don’t have two of everything…but we do have two of A LOT of stuff. And the thing is, we don’t have tons of room in our house. We live in a townhouse in a neighborhood that is meant for vacationers so there isn’t tons of storage…no garage, no accessible attic, a small storage room outside that includes the storage of our water heater. (Don’t get me wrong…I LOVE where we live. We are a 1 minute walk from the sound (the body of water that separates our island from the mainland) and a 5 minute walk to the ocean…we’ve got it pretty great in terms of location, see below…so I really should shut my mouth…I know).
So we have had to come up with some very creative storage methods in our house and we are STILL running out of space. We’ve got closet organizers in all of our closets. We bought a sofa table with tons of storage. We try to hide the kids’ toys behind our couch and on the shelf under a coffee table so our house doesn’t look
a complete wreck too cluttered.
The kids got presents for Christmas…of course they did.
But by the time we had gone to multiple family gatherings and they had received just one gift from each family member (so that’s one gift from a whole lot of aunts and uncles and grandparents…times two) I had decided that we were only going to give them our one big gift instead of the big gift and some other small stuff we had picked up.
They were awesome gifts those big ones: two stride and ride lions that look and sound hilarious.
Thankfully the kids loved them. And, also thankfully, they didn’t miss those gifts they didn’t remember getting.
This is Win holding what is actually a cat toy. I believe it was a McDonald’s toy that someone gave to my husband a long time ago because that person thought that my husband looked like Bert…and now it’s a cat toy that my kids love to play with.
And yes…on Christmas morning I dressed my identical twin boys exactly alike. But, I mean, did you see those super cute Santa’s helper sleepers? No…you didn’t? Don’t worry, I’ve got some other good shots.
But…I digress. I know I’m sounding a little ungrateful right now. Please know that I adore all of our family and I adore that they love our kids so much to give them presents. I really do. I know we and our kids are super lucky because we really want for nothing. I think I’m just in shock a bit. I think I’m just amazed at how much space all those toys take up…and how big of a mess our two 11 month olds can make.
After Christmas, as in THE DAY after Christmas, I packed up all our Christmas decorations. I also took half of the boys’ toys and put them away in their closet to get out in a few weeks (I think I’m going to rotate toys every other week or so so they seem new and exciting…it’s so great when your kids live in the ever present now). I couldn’t stand it anymore. All I could see was clutter around the house. It was driving me crazy. And if you ask my mother or my husband they will tell you how surprising this is. I am not a cleaner…as in…I secretly like a mess. At least, I used to. Not anymore.
The problem is…I’ve never been a cleaner, so this is new territory for me. I’m not quite sure how to do it. I know, right now you’re thinking, “seriously? it’s just cleaning…not rocket science”. But I’ve never been good at developing a system.
In the new year, I really want to make some changes: purge, organize, clean, keep clean.
I’m excited about it.
I’ve found a few places to help me out. I’m sure you’ve seen all those lovely pins that display some awesome organization. The thing I DON’T want to do is spend a lot of money to organize…that seems silly to me.
This is possible the BEST POST I have ever read about cleaning. It’s all about using what little time you have in your day, throughout the day, to tidy and clean. A Girl and a Glue Gun is one of my favorite blogs and she really took it with this post. It’s long and thorough and exactly what I need to start developing a system.
Here are some nice images/sites I’ve pinned recently about the topic.
This is a great idea for a small craft area…maybe even on the inside of a door?
I just love this tiny wall storage. It doesn’t stick out very much…again would be nice on the back a door.
Could I be interested in any more craft spaces right now? You can tell I have a ton of crafts stuffed somewhere in the back of a closet that are screaming to get out and replace all the
junk books crap ugh…whatevers on my shelves.
For now…I must purge some things to make room for that stuff stuffed in closets. Hopefully, I’ll keep you posted.
In the meantime…here is our super sweet Christmas picture of the boys and our Christmas Card.