Bird’s Eye View

by Courtney Sirotin on January 16, 2013

Earlier, I was thinking back to when we moved into this house in July. As you may recall, I was out of town during the move so Jason unpacked, organized and decorated the place on his own and seeing the house for the first time was a big surprise for me. I loved everything he did but the view from the second floor overlooking the sitting room was my favorite part.

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It is with great embarrassment that I show you what the sitting room looks like these days.

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I have a gift for trashing rooms. I should’ve been a rock star.

Before & After:

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Clutter seems to multiply more for me than for anyone else I know.

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I have a problem: I always bring new things into the house but hardly ever get rid of anything! Could I be a borderline hoarder!?

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Well, actually, I take that back. I don’t think I’m a borderline hoarder because just last week I cleaned the kitchen pantry and filled three garbage bags full of stuff I didn’t want to look at any longer. It felt great.

I manage to get the house back in order on a semi-daily basis. Usually before Dylan goes to bed, when Jay is home to watch him for a bit, I’ll tear through the house sorting toys into bins, stacking books, piling stuff into corners and wiping down furniture until the rooms look sort of tidy, if you ignore their perimeters, which are lined with toys. This system is getting us by but it has many flaws, the most notable being that if someone were to pop by unannounced at, say, 3 p.m. on a Tuesday my house would look like a tornado (named Dylan) just struck. (And I might hide behind the door and hope you can’t see that I’m home.)

I have been flirting with the idea of buying a bunch of huge bins, filling them up with older toys and stashing them in our storage closet. I would then reintegrate the toys Dylan might still want to play with a few at a time on a rotation The only reason I hesitate to do this is because some days it seems like Dylan is enjoying playing with all his toys and I’d hate to have something I paid money for, that he likes, in a bin in a closet. That said, I don’t have any other ideas so I might do it anyway. I suppose if he doesn’t have as many options he might spend more quality time with the toys that are available.

If you have any ideas to help me manage this situation, please share them in the comments! I am open to anything. I want my pretty bird’s eye view back!

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CAROL GLOSKI January 16, 2013 at 7:14 pm

I love your bird’s eye view from the second floor!! Both times!! I think I like your idea of putting toys away and bringing them out on a rotating basis! Unless the toy will be too young for Dylan if you hold it out too long!! My feeling is that the toys will always be ‘new’ to Dylan!! If he has no interest in the toys after you bring them out a second or third time, it’s time to put them away for good!

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COURTNEY January 16, 2013 at 9:56 pm

Thanks, Carol. That is quite logical! I think I’ll probably go that route. Of course, I’ll be posting about it if I do. Anytime I do something organizational I consider it monumental enough to alert the Internet. ;)

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DONNA January 28, 2013 at 11:52 pm

You come by this organizational challenge naturally. I haven’t mastered it yet! It is easier with less around, though, so I like Carol’s advice as well:)

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DONNA January 28, 2013 at 11:56 pm

You come by this organizational challenge naturally. I haven’t mastered it yet! It is easier with less around, though, so I like Carol’s advice as well:)

We went back and looked at your home when you first moved in and grammy enjoyed seeing her furniture there. She said she is glad you have that from her and she feels like she has visited you!

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COURTNEY January 29, 2013 at 12:20 am

I always love your comments! Tell Grammy I think of her every time I see her furniture too! I also found some cool vintage stockings in what used to be her stockings drawer I guess. They still have their Wilson’a tags. I keep them there too!

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