Saturday, February 20, 2010

the ultimatum

I just told my oldest that she's got to put it away or I'm giving it away.  *gulp*  Did I really just say that?!

I am so tired of the "clean your room or else" conversation.  We have taken away priveleges...we have restricted activites...none of that is working.  So I'm done.  Now I just have to do it.

Somewhere along the lines of going to work at nights and working LOTS of nights, I feel like I have lost control of the stuff in this house.  It is driving me crazy!  I know there are 8 of us here, but we are such accumulators of stuff!  Why do we need to keep so much stuff?  I find myself not wanting to let them buy anything (even with their own money) because there's so much stuff already in their rooms or in the basement or in the front room.  I have got to do some major tossing around here.

I can say that I just got rid of 3 trash bags full of VHS tapes!  One bag was just junk...old TV shows and such but I have 2 of the bags in the back of my car to take to Goodwill.  I'm guessing someone out there still has a working VHS player? to figure out some lunch and then fill another bag of stuff.  And I need to bake a couple of cakes today too


Kathy said...

Just finished our taxes and I was amazed at the amount we were allowed to claim for things we donated to Goodwill! Even with just the two of us, I have to keep to the rule of one thing in and one thing out to keep stuff from accumulating. It is a constant battle.

grammy said...

Hi, I always read your comments over at Kathy's and decided to come over again. I have in the past. Now I will be waiting to see if you really stick with what you said (o: It depends on how old she is or if she has to share a room. I just shut the door on my teens rooms and did not pick it as a battle. If they wanted to live that way...keep the door shut (o: That kept me from blowing a gasket.