Do you ever find that you wake up one morning, look around and say to yourself. “Where did all this stuff come from?” More than likely it took some time to accumulate but often we don’t see what’s right under our noses until we’re bumping into it and can hear it screaming out at us “look at me, look at me, I’m taking over your house….nana nana boo boo!” Can you hear it? Is your cluttering taunting you? It’s certainly not passive, I’ll give it that much. In fact, clutter is an attention hog. The longer it takes for you to notice it, the more it’s going to pile up to make you more aware (clutter attracts clutter!). Sometimes it’s not even subtle in how it goes about it either…falling out on our heads as we open cupboards and sticking it’s sly self out to trip us up as we walk by. Oh yes it is a pain in the rear that is for sure.
Today I became aware of a clutter situation in my own house that avoided my radar until I was practically tripping over it in multiple locations. Now as I open my eyes to it, this particular clutter has completely invaded my home. It is mocking me.
It seems, my friends, that Pokemon has come to live with us in a BIG way and from what I can tell it has no intention of leaving any time soon. It is EVERYWHERE! Case in point:
In my son’s bedroom:
In my living room:
On my dining room table:
On my kitchen counter:
Random piles all around:
In the basement (and don’t even get me started on the socks everywhere! Why can’t they just leave them on!)
As you can tell my 6.5 year old is crazy for Pokemon. As with most clutter, I think it started with one pile which didn’t seem so bad at the time but then became another and then another and then another. At some point I must have just turned a blind eye to it or thought in my mind that what I was seeing was just the same pile over and over again…ha! Has this ever happened to you?
So here’s the thing. All these Pokemon in itself aren’t really the problem. The problem lies in the fact that this new found obsession of my son’s has no parameters or boundaries. Once we get those established that should take care of the problem. I haven’t entirely figured out what this will look like yet but I’m thinking since it appears he likes to travel with said Pokemon that I might need to come up with some kind of portable solution. I will also need to put boundaries in place as to where they can be played and what clean up at the end of the day will look like. Then and only then if these newly created Pokemon “rules” are not followed do I have to take greater action. And when I say greater action, I mean take them away to clutter jail to have to be earned back. And by earned back, I mean some kind of great chore that will require work my son will not want to do. Mwahahahahah. Yep I’m one of those moms!
After all that, if I do see that the “collection” is just a bit too much for my son to manage within the boundaries given, then we’ll either adjust the boundaries accordingly or together we’ll do some selective purging.
So you see, clutter can come at us from many different directions and often it’s dependent on what season of life we are in. You are not alone there that is for sure but we don’t have to let clutter win. Oh no we don’t. Show your clutter who is boss TODAY. Go on, I know you can do it!!
What clutter has been creeping into your home lately? And more importantly, what will you do about it?