Ever since Chloe could walk she has had a thing for purses and bags and boxes. She loved to put things in each one, and it always amazed me how she would put similar items in each container. Anything with an opening would do, for a while she would even carry around one of my oven mitts filled with Little People.
Well, yesterday I did my monthly deep clean of the girls' room. I have to try and do this when no kids are around or I accomplish nothing. Chloe was at a playdate and the baby was down for her nap (and, of course, Bria was at school) so I decided I'd jump in and get it done.
Part of the reason it is absolutely necessary that Chloe especially be out of the house when I am doing this job is because of all the drama that surrounds it. She acts as if I am sacrificing her first born child when I open up all of her little purses and bags and start putting things away where they actually go. Usually, if I can do it without her knowledge, she doesn't notice that I've put most of it away and we are all happy until the next month when all the boxes and bags have been filled again.
It was a good thing she was off on a playdate this time. I must have neglected the job for more than a month, or she's just been hoarding more than normal lately, because this is what I found:
Dora lunchbox filled with stuffed animals.
White purse filled with Ariel Barbie Doll and every Barbie Accessory in the house.
Purple Pencil Box filled with the Wizard of Oz Happy Meal dolls McDonalds was giving out this summer.
The Fisher Price medical kit case filled with a little set of paper toys she drew and cut out.
Red purse filled with Barbie clothes.
"I love to read my scriptures" bag filled with hair pretties.
Quiet book that zips shut filled with about 30 recent drawings by Chloe.
Winnie the Pooh book set box filled with crayons.
And my personal favorite:
Large green envelope filled with business reply cards torn out of magazines and random junk mail that I can only assume was dug out of the trash.
I only hope that someday her need for organizing things and putting them in containers will make her an awesome housekeeper and not one of those crazy ladies who buys a million things at garage sales and off of eBay and lets it all take over her entire house.