Monday, March 15, 2010

Clutter Threshold Status - Breached

(I had to look up whether it was "breached" or "breeched.")

Everywhere I look in my house, there is clutter.  There is not a single flat surface anywhere in this house that doesn't have something on it.  More likely than "something" is "a lot of somethings" and even occasionally "enough crap that the table/counter/dresser is bowing under the weight."

I could never be one of those people with hoarding disorder.  When the crap builds up to a certain level, I snap.  I start throwing things into the trash and the Goodwill pile with reckless abandon.  Once we get to that point, I cannot be held responsible for my actions.

I've already cleaned the kitchen today, and I cleaned out the front hall closet.  I'm about to attack the toyroom. 

While BJ was home for lunch he helpfully put Mary Grace's Lego robot up....  on the mantle.  And I snapped.  "Are you kidding me?  Really?" 

I mean, it's a nice robot and all, but it certainly isn't something that needs to be displayed on the mantle like a trophy. 

If you're reading this and you're BJ, I refer you to yesterday's post, posted this morning, and the second bullet point specifically.

It's just not fair - there are three of them (five, if you count the pets, which in this case you should) and one of me, and they can mess things up a LOT faster than I can clean. 

So, if you're in the mood to clean and organize, come on over.  Bring your shovel.  And if I haven't come out within 24 hours, that probably means there was an avalanche.  Send rescue.  Chances are that I'm buried under a pile of Lego.


RobMonroe said...

I think that a Lego build could indeed be mantle-worthy! (Sorry)

Anna said...

Amy, I wanted to let you know that I made your Not Dry Turkey Meatloaf recipe tonight! I dislike beef so use ground turkey for most recipes, but had accepted that extra lean ground turkey doesn't make good meatloaf or meatballs. Your recipe turned out so well! It wasn't the tiniest bit dry. I will experiment with different flavorings (so we can have teriyaki meatloaf, Mexican meatloaf, etc) and try making meatballs too. I also made a very scaled down version of your bran muffins. They turned out well! My fiance has even had a couple of them today. He ate one with his meatloaf too :o)

Good luck with your tidying. I don't like clutter either. I feel so much more peaceful when the house is clean.

Amy said...

SOOO glad you liked the meatloaf! It does, indeed, rock!

Rob, don't encourage them. :P

mwiesjahn said...

Make everyone pick up five things before they go to bed.

It's a start!

Heidi said...

I get it! There reaches a point about every three days when I simply cannot take the clutter any longer. Two days ago we reached critical mass and I went so far as to rearrange the living room in my quest to control it. My husband just rolls his eyes and goes back to building LEGO towers.

Just Powers said...

Ugh ugh ugh. My threshold has been breached for months and I still cannot get on top of it. I was so neat and organized when I was single and only had one dog. Now with a partner, two kids and four animals there is just no way for me to get or stay on top of it.