Remember back in April when I participated in Project Simplify? I ended up with the prettiest playroom after cleaning and decluttering:
Well that didn’t last long:
Let me back up a bit. Last week Bunny was going super crazy. She was misbehaving, unable to focus, and bouncing off the walls. I honestly thought there was something wrong with her, and with me, because I could not get her to calm down. As I was on the verge of screaming, I took a look at our surroundings at home. It was chaotic. All the toys we owned were everywhere. When I asked Bunny to clean it up, she told me that she was still playing with them.
I had a bit of a realization. Why am I letting a two-year-old run this house? I’m the boss!
In a mad frenzy, I cleaned up all the toys. The stray cooking utensils, the bits and pieces of Mr. Potato Head, Duplos, and odds and ends and put it all in coat closet:
Bunny trailed behind me, shrieking and crying, trying to keep a toy or three. Oh the tears. My ears were ringing with toddler tantrums. But, as soon as the floors emptied of toys, she immediately stopped. It was eerie how instant it was.
All I left available to Bunny was her dollhouse, a box of trains, and her drawing tablet:
I put everything else out of reach (need to do a better job of hiding the stuff, because she still sees it):
Life is calm again. Okay, so she is still a two-year-old and gets into things, but it is nowhere near the level of crazy from last week. It has been quite refreshing to see her play longer and focus better once again:
With a new little one, it has been tough for me to remember my goals of trying to keep our house organized and more importantly, simple. Bunny’s outbursts definitely reminded me that just because the house gets clean once, it does not automatically stay clean. It is a constant process.
So with that in mind, I am once again clearing out the clutter, tackling closets and all the things that magically accumulate in a home.