Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Miracle Worker!

This weekend the kids were away at the irritating in-laws. Husband and I were just settling down for a Veronica Mars marathon when I said, "Let's go through the kids' clothes and get rid of some things."
"Ok." Said he, reluctantly picking up the remote.
Something must be said about the condition of my children's room at this point. To call it a mess would be like calling hurricane Katrina a thunder storm. Their room is so abhorrent that they moved into the spare room several months ago, only venturing into their former domicile to withdraw clothes and toys.
Once we were in, going through clothes quickly evolved into, getting rid of everything. The deeper we delved, the weirder the things became. I found a pile of sand on one of their shelves (we live nowhere near the ocean and haven't been to a sandy playground in at least six months), we found two of my husband's missing shirts, a rock collection (actually more of a gravel and pebble collection), sticks, broken dishes, a piece of toast, candy wrappers, a cracked soy yogurt container and of course, loads of too small, too dirty clothes.
After five hours we hauled a truckload of old ratty clothes, toys, dolls, games, puzzles and clothes. Since most of the time we basically donate bags of garbage to Goodwill, our strategy is to unload everything and take off quickly before the sorters have a chance to realize we've just given them a load of trash. We also filled up the vacuum cleaner vacuuming all the bits and pieces from their floor and we actually ended up getting rid of all their clothes. We dismantled their bunk beds (they always made me nervous) and got rid of a dresser. We went out and bought them all new clothes, socks and underwear ($200 well spent).
When they got back from the in laws, they didn't go into their room for several hours. Green finally went in to get some underwear. Green opened the door, looked inside and just stood there and stared. Poor thing was too shocked to say anything at all!
It truly was a miracle.

1 comment:

Kimberly said...

"Since most of the time we donate basically donate bags of garbage to Goodwill, our strategy is to unload everything and take off quickly before the sorters have a chance to realize we've just given them a load of trash."

LOL You do that too? HA, it's easier if you do it at night, when it's dark. hee hee