I see a lot out there that seems like a good idea until I put it up against my life, then it just seems foolish. Here are a few of my recent favorite things that just don’t work with my young kiddos.
1. KonMari Method of Tidying Up
I love Marie Kondo and her books on tidying up. I’ve read them both and I have found her ideas very insightful. I’ve been able to get more shirts into a drawer with her folding method, and able to get rid of things I was holding onto for the wrong reasons; but to do her method as laid out in her books, just doesn't work with small children.
If I have to get everything out at once, there just isn't time to sort before my youngest has grabbed an item or ten or and thrown them about the house. This proves especially irritating once I’ve gotten a drawer of clothing properly folded and then she ceremoniously dumps the drawer of clothes onto the floor. There is an hour I’m not getting back! So for now, the “shove it in the right drawer” method is a must for my own sanity.
2. Capsule Collection
I have a hard time deciding what to wear and I do believe having less clothing would alleviate some of those issues but while 36 items that you can mix and match for a variety of outfits sounds magical, it doesn't work for mothers of preschoolers. What do I wear the second day my entire wardrobe has been demolished by the food spills, dirty hands and miscellaneous messes that dictate at least 5 outfits a day, minimum! I need a lot of clothes to wear because I have to change A LOT! Great idea for another stage in life, just not this one.
3. Items That Aren’t Washable
My daughter has the Stella Doll. It is amazing and she loves it. All the accessories with their magnets make for fun play time, but that doll gets dirty and a cloth wipe down isn't taking away the stains of life. It's not just her Stella doll either, my son's car seat had cloth fabric that was not removable. Yeah right! So when your kid throws up you are just supposed to hope you can get it out with a wet rag? Really? Our latest carseat is fully washable and all of it comes off and can go into the washing machine. That is a necessity if you actually plan to put a child in it. Do the people who make these toys and baby items have children or even met one for that matter? Attention manufacturers: if you are making something for a baby or toddler or child, it must be washable! Thanks!!!
4. Anything White
I love a cute white rug in my living room or a nice white dress for a summer outing, but when you put white against kids, kids win every time!! While we are on the subject of white, why are we making so many white clothes for kids? When will someone start making clothes for actual kids, not just small people. Heck, where are the disposable clothes? Sign me up for that mail order club!
5. A Conversation
Before my kid days, I got annoyed when I would call a friend and they were constantly interrupted by kiddos. I just didn't get what was going on on the other side of the phone. Now it is my reality and I want to yell at the younger version of myself. If little kids are present, we are not having an in-depth conversation. It will be constantly interrupted and plan to hear me repeat "What was I saying?" A LOT!!! If you want me to meet you out for conversation it needs to be without kids or at my house during nap, otherwise:
1 I’m not having any fun
2 I didn't hear half of what you said
3 It’s not personal, just not possible
I have a few other gems I could add to the list, but I will just give them honorable mention: Dinner out, a movie, paying more for better quality clothing (its gonna get ruined so who cares).
What would you add to the list? I’d love to hear it!!! Comment below with your best list addition.