We cleaned the craft cupboard on Saturday.
It needed to be done – I mean seriously needed to be done. It was so bad that when you needed something you had to open the door slowly, brace your arm to catch whatever fell out while grabbing what you needed quickly – if you could find it. Then you just prayed the door would close again.
But I hadn’t planned to clean that cupboard – at least not on Saturday. I had planned to do it some other day – in the future when I had nothing else to do.
Maybe after I had cleaned all the grout in my bathroom with a toothbrush and organized my spices alphabetically. 🙂
But have you ever noticed that one thing always leads to another – especially with cleaning.
It all started when the kids decided – on their own – to organize the movies. I sat back and smiled while they unloaded everything on the floor and even when they had a heated discussion on the merits of different movies.
I was thrilled when they found the 2 missing movies from our art curriculum and the exercise video that I hadn’t seen in months. (and no – I did NOT hide it on purpose!)
I bit my tongue and let them organize things how ever they wished – figuring that if I ever needed a movie they should be able to find it for me.
But when the dust cleared and the cupboard was filled – there on the floor was a pile of movies – children’s classics like Pooh Bear, Thomas and Busytown that my kids have outgrown.
It was that pile of movies that caused the problem.
They needed to go the attic.
But in order to go to the attic they needed a plastic container to put them in – and the only plastic container to put them in was currently full of stuff that I didn’t want to deal with that was left over from Vacation Bible School back in July – and that container was stuffed in – you guessed it – the craft closet!
So – I took a deep breath – yanked those doors open and watched as the contents exploded on the floor.
Then Angel Girl and I spent the afternoon organizing colored pencils, crayons (seriously people – do crayons ever get used up?) and markers.
We sorted paper, yarn, scissors and millions of beads (I am not exaggerating – well , not much!)
At the end of the day we had one clean cupboard, one full garbage bag, one box of fun stuff to give away (it’s coming your way Cinnamon!), one plastic tote of movies ready for the attic, and one cabinet of movies sorted and organized.
At least I can cross that one of my list – now I should get right on that grout in the bathroom…. 🙂