Monday, August 15, 2011

Hoarders

Summer, the school vacation, is nearly over for us.  Summer, the season, has lodged itself here and won't be leaving anytime soon.  Our part of Texas is in a severe drought, and its been over 100 nearly every day since the end of May.  It's awful; we hide inside the air conditioning from the sun all day.

My children, my parents, and one of my sisters are cooling their heels in Cloudcroft, NM.  We video chatted last night and they were wearing hoodies.  The humanity!

I told my kids that they needed to get their rooms in shape, because I was going to clean them while they were gone.  I spent the past day and a half in their hovels, and confirmed that they are terrible hoarders!  I threw away a bunch of paper and plastic junk.  Also, there are four boxes in the attic full of stuff I am betting they will never ever miss HOWEVER if they specifically ask for an item in one of those boxes, I will retrieve it for them.  After 6 months, I am sending the boxes to Goodwill.  Unopened.

Do you think they'll notice something that is missing from their tidy rooms?

5 comments:

EdamameMommy said...

before + after photos, if you please!

As for the boxes, I think no, they won't miss them, but I am so sentimental, the paper things are hard for me to trash, too. So I understand their packrat ways. Just managed to cull a couple bagfuls from those bins that were in the hallway *still* when you visited. Proud to say that hallway is now bin-free. Moving in is taking me forever because I don't want to file away the junk. Sigh. Can I go to the mountains and have mine magically disappear, too?

Those shows depress the heck outta me.

Krispy said...

They probably won't miss it, they will be too pleased with their "new" rooms!

(although J noticed right away when I threw away a broken airplane on his special shelf. it was broken! never touched! I lied about it too. terrible mom confession.)

Lisa said...

My kids never notice any specific items being gone after I have cleaned their room. Today is the first day of school. Tomorrow is clean-out day.

Sadly, I know I'll have to do it again in a few months. They even save empty wrappers. Why?

get2eric said...

I don't know, Anna's pretty swift and it wunt surprise me if she brings up a question about something misplaced. She'll probably pout a bit too.
You can act dumb and that way you wont have to tell a direct lie.

Anonymous said...

I have just done the same,Jennifer! what a job..I felt quite fatigued :) but happy..hope Uncle Noel doesn't ask for the stuff I've 'chucked'!! xx


Aunty Norma.