Are you all seeing the amazing organizational posts out there right now? How to start the new year off right with no clutter, less mess, and a peaceful mind? Yeah… well you should definitely read those if you want some motivation, and treat this as your what not to do.
Sigh! You will probably in the history of never ever see me write an organizational post because I’m the least organized person out there. I try, I really do, I spend 3 hours organizing the play room and then my 2 favorite tornados come along and I can’t even figure out which end is up.
I’m totally not exaggerating either about the tornado thing, I have been told on numerous occasions when other’s have watched my kids –
Wow, I don’t know how you do it!
AND “they have a LOT of energy”
AND “they are quite the handful aren’t they?”
AND my most recent favorite from my saint of a cousin who watched them for the weekend “I see why you don’t really need to work out anymore…”
I’m thinking of making up t-shirts that say
I babysat the Rinzema children and lived to tell about it.
They look soooo innocent :) (photo by my amazing friend Kari at Zander and Breck photography)
But I get comments all the time to the effect of “oh my goodness how do you have so much white in your house with little kids?!” and I always try to explain because we have a playroom where we try to corral them so the rest of the house isn’t a complete disaster.
So, I dedicate this post to all of you who think I have it together, because I so totally don’t! Here is the new and “improved” playroom decor a la toddlers.
The lovely pristine white table is now graffiti chic…even Buddy is appalled at it’s condition.
The oh so cute letter wall is now missing the letter E, because it fell of the wall and Buddy immediately ate it…now who is appalled?
I don’t even know what to say about my poor chairs.
I wish I had thought to take a photo of the avant garde oil pastel art my son drew on the carpet, but we had to have them steam cleaned…not to mention his other attempts at artwork with a somewhat less appealing medium then oil pastels…
before you think I’m some insane mom who doesn’t teach her children the do’s and don’ts of the world, let’s pause.
I have tried the “only one toy out at a time”, the “I’m taking this away since it was left out”, the “clean this up or no tv/ipad/dessert” but in the end sometimes kids just need a space to be kids.
I have 2 very creative kids, they don’t play with their toys the way they are meant to be played with. Their imaginations run wild – they make race tracks out of books and elaborate art installations out of taping all their toys together. They line up all the cars in the baby crib and have them take naps before giving them a carwarsh in the microwave of their kitchen.
And that’s ok, I’m happy they use their imaginations. After all, I totally remember cutting all my barbies hair off and painting them purple and I turned out ok…mostly…
So, I’ve let it go (mostly) and I’ve decided this room doesn’t need to be perfect. This room can have dinged walls and stained carpet and missing pieces, because they have a space where they can play, really play and use their imaginations and create and have fun.
That said, it’s not all Lord of the Flys in here either, we go thru once or twice a week and have a family clean up where we straighten things out and try to find the floor again. And little man is slowly accepting that paper is for coloring and not walls, carpet, chairs etc…but my new year’s resolution is to embrace the chaos a bit more and enjoy their excitement and fun and not worry so much about the mess. I know this phase in life will end pass too quickly and they will be holed up in their rooms with their headphones on…
and then the Mr and I plan on setting fire to everything in this room and starting over ha!
So, here’s how to not organize your home and still remain relatively sane, well sane-ish…
For more photos of the playroom check out this oooold post here. I’ll be back tomorrow with a little project I have going on in here that I can’t quite decide if it’s finished or not. So check back tomorrow and bring your opinions!