May 2, 2008

Is Your House Messy in the Dark?

in For Parents

I came across this blog post – Clutter War: Attack of the Giant Baby  – and it brings to mind a lot of our own household struggles to fight the battle of clutter.  Before our baby, my wife and I had our own clutter, now we have baby clutter.  Look around your house and assess your own situation. 

Sometimes to really get a sense of the landscape, change your perspective and stand up on a chair and look around the room (like Robin Williams did in Seize the Day).  Better yet, walk around the house at night in the dark – I recently discovered if you can tell your house is a mess in the dark, then you really have issues with clutter and too much stuff.

Face it – is this familiar in your household?

Oh my, the stuff. The baby stuff. Everywhere. Means of conveyance, swingy seat, Bumbo, squeaky toys, fuzzy toys, toys for biting and bending, jammies, jackets, socks that do and don’t look like shoes, amusing hats, blankets, books, rattles, pacifiers, cleaning supplies, extra diapers — plus of course, there’s the raw tonnage of stuff belonging to the caretaking adults that has been displaced or disused as a result of the occupying baby’s needs. It is a scene, man, I can assure you.

For me, I’m inspired to purge a lot of our stuff, and begin really asking  "do we need that" before actually buying it.  That’s why I avoid going to BabiesRUs because I’m convinced that I don’t need half the stuff in that place.  But that’s a whole other story.

Start your own clutter war today with Attack of the Giant Baby and It’s All Too Much: An Easy Plan for Living a Richer Life with Less Stuff.  It’s good to know that I’m not alone in this battle.

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