The other day I was attempting to clean up Juniper’s room. Well, actually, I was attempting to do as little work in there as possible. Sometimes I can get her to clean it all up mostly by herself. This day though, she was just not cooperating. To make a long story short, I was sick and had little patience for her spunky three-year-old attitude. (Which is actually QUITE adorable but I’ll wait until she’s much, much older before I tell her that!) So I decided, with my amazing mama-wisdom, to teach her a lesson. I took every single toy out of her room and shut them in my closet. (Yes, I have a big closet.)
So now I’m sitting there thinking ‘mwahaha, I’ll show you’, and how does Juniper react? Well, first she stares for a minute before saying ‘You didn’t take mine rocking chair’ all matter-of-fact. (So I took that too.) And then she didn’t really react at all. She just went about her business as if nothing had happened. In fact, putting her to bed was super easy because there weren’t a bunch of stuffed animals that HAD to be arranged just so! I was a little amazed, and I’ll admit, a little irritated that it didn’t bother her very much.
It was two full days before she even asked to play with any of her toys, and all she wanted was her Rainbow Dash pony and her dress up clothes. Yesterday I took her play food back out and her Tinkerbell kitchen, because Flynn likes to play with them. He’s so funny.
As I walked past her room the other day, a thought hit me. I’m too attached to physical things. I’ve tried to de-clutter our home countless times, but I always have a hard time deciding what should stay and what should go. What if I just boxed everything up and only took back the things we love and need? This house would be a lot easier to clean for one thing. We have got.. I don’t even honestly know how many, boxes of stuff in our basement. Some we brought from FL, and some are Shaun’s from his mom’s house. It’s my goal this month to finally go through them all and start organizing this awesome house we get to live in.
Obviously I’m not making any new discoveries here. Things = Clutter = Craziness = Unhappiness. Here I thought I was teaching Juniper a lesson, and I’m the one learning. It’s nice to be reminded that just because I’m a mama, doesn’t mean I always know what’s best.