Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Note to self...

No cheap, knock-together, Wal-Mart special bookcases around small children.  Mine yanked the shelves down on themselves, and wound up nearly pulling it apart.  In less than 24 hours.

They do, however, make great pantry-style storage in kitchens.

Speaking of such...has anyone ever seen a dining table where the drop-leaves are on the long sides?  I have Odysseus's grandmother's dining table.  The thing is about six feet long, and a bit shy of four feet wide.  With the leaves dropped, it's about two feet wide.   It doesn't just dominate our thirteen by fourteen foot kitchen, it takes up most of the space in it.  Add in a drag-it-to-the-sink dishwasher, and the kitchen seems even smaller.

At least, it does until you try to de-clutter and clean it.  I've been working on it for about five hours straight, and it's still not quite done, though it is far better than it was. 

Tomorrow's project?  The living room.  It's a toddler-created disaster area. 

Spring Break?  What's that?  Oh, yeah...time to catch up on the housework I let go while I was working on grading my two classes, and one of my colleague's two online classes.  And chasing children. 

I think it's time for a drink.  I've bloody earned it. 


  1. I even hate to mention the name of this evil cult - - - it has held my wife captive for more years than I can remember. It has now captured my daughter as well. But, it seems to help with "organization". Two simple words:

    Fly Lady

    Forgive me.

    All kidding aside, she has a solid system that seems to have "saved" the two most important women in my life. Google her up if you don't know about her - see what you think.


    1. Thanks for the tip, Bill. I'll look into it.

    2. Domestic destruction must be some kind of developmental activity for children. I cleaned up the living room last night, and I spent more time putting toys back in Boo's room than I did sweeping the floor.

    3. I know...and I've got two under four. (help me...)