Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Sure, it's unconventional... but so are we!

As my blog name implies I am a Spaz. I mean, seriously, I just never can seem to get it all together. I forget everything, I'm severely disorganized, and I'm consistently late. It's really bad. It has gotten to the point that when my family plans an activity at 10:00 they tell me it starts at 9:30. No joke.

I have had to drive Bug to school on more than one occasion since school started less than a month ago because we missed the bus in the morning and I've picked Goober up from his preschool late twice. In a month. Because I'm a basket case.

So you can imagine how school mornings might go for us here at home. You'd think maybe my kids would be able to make up for some of my failings and get themselves dressed and out of bed on time but unfortunately being really disorganized seems to be passed on to children.

Who would have thought?

I know, I know... you're saying I should make lunches and lay out clothes before I go to bed because then my morning will be so much easier. Except for the fact that at 10 PM I realized that the kids didn't have enough clean socks and I had to do a load of laundry which I will only be awake long enough to put in the dryer and go to bed and I can't find Goober's lunch box ANYWHERE and I have a suspicion that it might be located in the mini van that The Man has taken out for the evening. Oh, and I think we're out of bread. Yeah... see? That's my life.

I have figured out one way to help me, though. One little thing that has so far made my mornings go so much easier.

I have not allowed my children to put away their school uniforms. Nope. Their dresser drawers only hold play clothes. (Actually, I'm kind of laughing. I think their dresser drawers hold half eaten peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and perhaps some underwear they've outgrown and sweaters that we never wear in Florida. But you don't need to know all that.)

Their school clothes are not so neatly folded in a laundry basket that currently is sitting in our living room but will some day have a home of it's own. I'm pretty sure I'll be keeping cub scout and brownie stuff in this basket as well.

Now I don't have to lay out their clothes in the evenings because they're all right there in one basket. All the little collared polo shirts and khaki shorts and pants and all the socks. Nothing gets lost in their rooms and I can constantly see exactly where we are on inventory. I know every morning if Munchkin is running low on lace trimmed socks or Bug has no more navy blue collared shirts and I know what laundry needs to be done that day.

When they come home, their school clothes go in a specified laundry basket for school clothes in the laundry room so they all get washed separate from all the other clothes. Now I actually have time in the mornings to guzzle a cup of coffee before we leave for the bus stop!

It may not be the way my mom would have done it, but it works for us!

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Anonymous said...[Reply to comment]

Sounds like a great idea to me!

Anonymous said...[Reply to comment]

this is a good idea, I might have to do it. My kids are always losing their clothes and hunting for somethign to wear the night before. Life would be a lot easier too if they wore uniforms, but they are in public school.

Jennifer said...[Reply to comment]

Great idea. I am the exact same way. I just wrote a post freaking out about not being on a schedule. I am really bad too.

Anonymous said...[Reply to comment]

That is hardly Spaz behavior!

Michelle@Life with Three said...[Reply to comment]

You know, that's a great idea. Because guess who's been up late twice this week hunting down and washing uniforms for the next school day. Uh, yeah. That'd be me! I could soooooo relate to this. I love your idea and will be putting into practice asap!

Anonymous said...[Reply to comment]

I can totally relate. I'm trying reeeeeeally hard this week to get organized. Seems like an insurmountable task sometimes but I just know it will pay off in the everyday little things that just sap me, like laundry. Have a blessed day, Whitney

NinjaPrincess said...[Reply to comment]

I'm glad my guys don't have to wear uniforms. I had one kid in a uniform this summer for sports. He only wore it two times a week, but I had a hard time keeping it clean. I can't imagine multiple kids in uniforms every day! Eep!

MamaTeeThree said...[Reply to comment]

I FEEL disorganized most of the time (because I can't stand a mess, but I'm lazy, too), so I overcompensate on the organization sometimes. My husband says I can organize things right out of existence. This annoys him.

I fixed my problem with the kids' clothes, though. I hang all their clothes except for socks, underwear, some shorts and pants and jammies. And then I use the chain lock on the top of the closet door to keep them from pulling everything out in the floor like they do with everything else. The closet lock also helps keep my living room floor clean, which is the usual dumping ground for the toys. Anything to save my sanity!

I will say, though, that we do live out of laundry baskets for weeks at a time. I can wash and dry the clothes and even separate them into piles according to their owner, but as far as putting them away where they go, I'm a miserable failure.

OS said...[Reply to comment]

all my laundry will be put away the day necie from clean house brings a crew to do it! i'm so with you on this one.

Anonymous said...[Reply to comment]

Too funny...my family has learned to give us a time ONE HOUR before something's to begin because they KNOW we'll be an hour late!! LOL

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