Well, it happened. The mess got to me. I wasn’t trained to resist any longer than I did. Here, see for yourself what I was up against:
And that was the cleanest part of the room. Their bedroom is just as bad if not worse but I didn’t photograph that. Last night, I couldn’t take anymore and I went crazy. Not in a mean way, in fact I was extraordinarily calm. They had three hours to pick out the toys that meant something to them and that they wanted to continue to have access to. After the three hours was up, the rest of the toys were getting boxed up and taken out to our shed for a loooong vacation. Was that wrong? I don’t know. It wasn’t a reasonable mess. It was candy wrappers, spilled juice, game and movie discs covered in unknown sticky substances, clothes left haphazardly all over the place. It was madness. It was toys left out for the dog to chew on, tiny Lego people that I am constantly having to track down hands, hair, and helmets for and frankly I just need a break from that. Ryan refuses to keep his toys in any reasonable condition and then cries incessantly when he can’t find it. I try to keep up with the pieces myself but he makes it nearly impossible to do. So, last night I packed up all the toys that didn’t get picked up and today I put them out in the shed.
All in all, it’s been okay so far. The only thing Ryan has missed is his Spiderman costume, but he recovered from that pretty quickly. I told them that after Christmas we’ll look into bringing toys back in the house but for now, we’re going to live with the ones they kept as vital.
I can deal with some mess because I’m not a neat person either but I can’t deal with a mess that infinges on everyone else’s happiness like that one did. Their room is next. It’s mostly clothes that Ryan pulls out of his drawers and doesn’t put back and I haven’t been able to come up with a solution that makes getting dressed easy for him. He looks through everything and then leaves the rejects all over the place. I’m completely open to suggestions from any organized folks out there. Any ideas that might save me from complete insanity?