The Joys of Toys

Joys.  Toys.  Boys.  Oys.  What do these words have in common?  Other than rhyming, what’s the link? (Remember, I am an English teacher.) Toys have a purpose to serve:  to engage young minds in creative play, build cognitive skills, and/or have fun.  This is the joy of toys.  Boys and girls enjoy playtime.  The ‘oys’ come when there are simply too many toys to manage. I have embraced Marie Kondo’s philosophy “if it doesn’t spark joy, don’t keep it’.  This applies to all things, toys included.  An observant parent will know what her children play with and what they don’t. … Continue reading The Joys of Toys

Toys Toys Toys

Lately, on my organizing groups, I’ve seen many posts dealing with toy storage.  The suggestions are great.  However, I am very bothered by the photos accompanying the articles.  What irks me is two-fold.  Firstly, the quantity of toys to organize is overwhelming.  Secondly, the photo is staged because no children’s room is that immaculate.  What is the reality of that room after five minutes of playtime?  Most likely, the beautifully coordinated bins are overturned, stuff is everywhere, and the room looks like a tornado hit.  So, the questions I have are how long  does the clean up take and who is doing the straightening? I … Continue reading Toys Toys Toys

Unpaired Socks and Storage Container Lids

I saw a very cute cartoon the other day.  It said something to the effect of singleton socks are hanging out somewhere with the storage container lids and laughing at us.  There was a second cartoon where Teacher Sock is telling the other socks to use the buddy system as they enter the dryer in the way children do on a field trip. It is an interesting phenomenon.  Why are there so many socks without mates?  Why do the storage container lids not have a bottom to go with them? I really don’t know. Your guess is as good as mine. Since this does … Continue reading Unpaired Socks and Storage Container Lids

De-clutter De-clutter De-clutter

Just in case you were not sure of the topic of this post, it is on the topic of de-cluttering. Both in ‘real life’ as well as in cyberspace via Facebook groups, I hear people discuss how desperate they are to get organized.  I hear so many women bemoaning how difficult it is to keep the house straightened.  It does not matter if they work from home, work out of the home, or are SAHMs. Everyone has the same complaint. The solution is NOT to run to Ikea or Target and buy some organizer product.  Why? You cannot organize clutter.  You … Continue reading De-clutter De-clutter De-clutter

It’s Clean Up Time

One of my all-time favorite movies is Mary Poppins.  One of my all-time favorite scenes in the movie is when Mary Poppins helps Jane and Michael tidy up the nursery.  As a young, impressionable child, this scene left a mark on my psyche.  Yes, I knew it was movie magic.  But somewhere inside, some part of me wished I could snap my fingers and everything I needed to put away would levitate into place.  As much as I hoped or even tried, maybe it just might work, it didn’t.  Clean-up time is a DIY task. Having a handful of kids at home, … Continue reading It’s Clean Up Time

You’ve Got Mail!

One of my favorite films of all time is You’ve Got Mail starring Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks.  No, this post isn’t a tribute to this classic film.  It’s about what action to take after you have received an e-mail. How much mail is in YOUR in-box at the moment? As I type this post, I have 9 messages total in my in-box.  Not 9 unread messages, but simply 9 messages.  I have a note from my dad, a community list-serve digest, three personal correspondences, a message from my health insurance, and three messages I sent to myself with dates I must transfer to my calendar.  That’s … Continue reading You’ve Got Mail!