Wednesday, December 05, 2007

The original Bag Lady

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.
Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. Ah, sounds just like my eldest. . .
    Amy @

  2. Half way reading through your post, I was thinking she just sounds really organized! Her containers of choice are just bags and things that are attractive to her.

    When I find things stuffed, it is just anthing and everything my liitle one found along her way.

    It is interesting to look through their "treasures", no?

  3. I see a house with many cats in her future. :)

  4. I think she is just such a GIRL!!

  5. Oh she sounds delightful.. I know I would love her!!! My katie use to do that too... and like you.. it drove me insane.. and I would tear it all apart when she was gone... and she never noticed.. LOL LOL.. now that she's 17 I dare NOT do it.. LOL LOL.. and I LOVE how you called hair stuff *Pretties*.. ahhhhhh that's what we use to call ours!! Pretty pretties.. or hair ups!!!

  6. You know, you could save a fortune at Christmas time by taking the other girls' toys out of the boxes and giving them to her! LOL

    At least she is not leaving them all over the house in piles like some people's daughters do!!
    God bless.

  7. So funny little Chloe! Ask Mom-I use to be a total organized pack rat too. If she was ever missing anything, she knew it would be in my closet.

    I did turn out very organized, though.

  8. Love it! My kids are pack rats, but in a much less organized fashion.

  9. So cute. I don't know that my kids are that organized, but The Dragon definitely is one for "all things being in their place"

  10. OK, this has to be a girl thing because Ellie is the same way and Sadie is heading there. We'll be missing shoes for months and then I'll be cleaning out a bag and I'll find entire outfits. She's probably packing them to get read to run away ;p

  11. Miss Chloe is such a spunky little thing! Love her sets of treasures!

    I must ask - did she notice that things had been "put away" when she came home?

  12. hihihi, I hope it will be the first version: organized nice lady :). hugs to all of you, Lara.

  13. So I am thinking she is better organized than I am. Sounds like she has a place for everything!

  14. One of Chloe's very many gifts she came to this earth with!

  15. LOL, I loved reading this because my girls do the same thing - even my little one puts things in a bag or a basket or backpack and carries them all over the house. It definitely makes clean-up time interesting for sure though! :)

  16. Oh MAN!!!! I am soooooooooooooooooooo glad my kids are out of the junk mail hoarding stage!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My least favorite place to find it hidden used to be under the coach cushions.