I can hear you laughing from here

Reader asks…

I am trying to figure out how to make my boys tidy up. I am not really a neat freak, but the constant disorder drives me nuts. I am able to handle it for short periods of time, but then the crazy starts to build and I start yelling.

If you have tips about how to make Steve put his laundry away, please share.

Mom, stop laughing. I can hear you ALL THE WAY OVER HERE and for chrissakes we’re 6000 kilometers away. It’s not THAT funny that someone would ask me for advice on getting someone to pick their clothes off the floor.

Okay, maybe it is.

Thing is, I’m notorious for an ever-present layer of laundry (both clean and dirty) on my bedroom floor. But believe it or not, I DO have three suggestions, dear reader.

  1. Baskets. Baskets/tubs/tupperware containers are key. Personally I don’t like tidying up either… but I’m much more likely to do so if I have somewhere to throw it. This one comes directly from my mother. My sister and I thought this was the weirdest ritual of all time when we were kids. She kept buying these little plastic baskets to store knick knacks in. They populated bathroom drawers, dresser tops, bookcase shelves… you name it. Like I said, I didn’t get it at the time, but both Danielle and I admit now they are totally useful. And bonus: if you get them at the Dollar store instead of Zellers or Walmart they’re only about 1.25 a piece.
  2. If I don’t put my laundry away or hang up my clothes AS SOON AS I TAKE THEM OFF or AS SOON AS THEY COME OUT OF THE DRYER they will NEVER EVER be put away. Guaranteed. There’s just something about clothes laying around on the floor that makes them look very at home. It seems almost a crime to disturb them. I blame Issac Newton. He’s the one that came up with that whole theory of inertia. Yes. That’s it. Newton’s to blame for my clothes laying on the floor. In any case, the bottom line is: if they hit the ground, you’re screwed. If you can catch them before they stop rolling around in the dryer, or as you take them off your body then you should be home-free.
  3. Get a dog. Preferably one that sheds. This is probably my MOST useful suggestion because it’s one that really works. If you get a dog that sheds you will never ever leave clothes laying on any surface ever again. Because if you do, it’s guaranteed within 20 seconds said clothing will be INSTANTLY covered in dog hair. The only way to avoid this is to hang them up right away. Also? If you don’t walk it enough, the dog will likely start to chew on anything that is left on the floor. I’ve lost many shirts this way until I learned my lesson. Now I hang my crap up AND exercise my dog. Win Win Win.

I’m am almost 100% positive none of that was in the least bit helpful.


2 Responses to “I can hear you laughing from here”

  1. Megan Says:

    Here’s the conversation that just transpired in my living room:

    ME: We should get a dog.
    STEVE: What have you done with Meg? OK, sure.
    ME: OK, good.

    ME: You’ll have to start picking up your stuff if we get a dog.
    STEVE: What?
    ME: I really need to work on my bridging statements.

  2. Robyn Says:

    Ugh, I can totally relate on the whole dog-chewing-anything-on-the-floor thing…. I keep my bathing suits in a mesh bag on my closet floor, and (even though the doors are ALWAYS CLOSED) Koda managed to somehow get into it… went to put on my favourite bathing suit yesterday and now it’s a strapless 😦

    And I don’t know what you’re talking about Megan… I think your transitions are great 😉 LOL

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