KonMari Cleaning?

For years I’ve struggled sucked at cleaning up the house.
I think this is mainly because we buy a lot of things without getting rid of other stuff.
We have A LOT of stuff.
When I clean I tend to make a huge mess, throwing away at least half of whatever I find in whatever room I’m cleaning up. So all this time I have been halfway ‘tidying’ KonMari style already. However, I’ve never done the entire house in one fell swoop.

I just see (e.g.) my son’s room – a complete disaster zone, covered in toys and clothes, like a bomb went off, and then I go to town on picking up all the crap that’s everywhere. The floor is covered in everything he owns, separated into piles: keep and trash. My son hates this, I do it about 2 times a year and especially around his birthday and present-giving holidays because I’m pretty firm in, when stuff comes in, other stuff needs to go.

I still haven’t gotten the gumption to do the entire house at once. I have a donate/yardsale basket downstairs and a donate bag upstairs from when I cleaned my room last month. Last week, I went through my daughters clothes after I finally bought her one of those plastic Rubbermaid dressers. I had just had her clothes folded in a crate/basket but that was piling up. I went through her clothes and not in her new dresser, there are only things that currently fit her, folded and stored standing vertically versus folded and piled. Putting folded things standing up saves so much space, and much less pushing things down in order to stuff them into a drawer. Today, I went through my daughter’s toys that have been overflowing in wicker baskets in my living-room. We still have two full baskets of toys, but also a full 30 gallon trash bag of stuffed animals that I can’t decide between trash and donate, but will not being living in my home any longer. I also went through my book rack where I had been keeping multiple notebooks from college, basically useless now, full of notes for whatever tests I was studying for at the time. I do keep my textbooks, not that I have many, but the well written ones I enjoy reading and the language texts I love. I went through the small basket I keep the writing utensils in, threw away dried up markers, put everything into my son’s pencil box and then I had an empty basket to use for the random collection of sunscreens and lotions I have on my table in the living-room. I went through and threw away a few of the empties and oldies, and put the remainder in the basket, which looks a lot nicer than a bunch of bottles taking up a table-top. Then I went through my downstairs ‘toiletries’ basket, bodyspray I use before I go out, I put salve and plasters in a zippy bag so I don’t have to run upstairs when the kids get a boo-boo. This basket was overflowing and now it’s organised, lotions put in the lotion basket, bathroom things put upstairs where they go. And I had my son try on all the jeans I just washed and about half of those went into the donate/yardsale basket because he’s gotten too tall for them.

I know Marie says not to throw other peoples’ things away, but in my life, if I don’t do it, it won’t get done. Things will just keep piling up. O’s holey t-shirts and completely destroyed pants will just keep finding their way into my laundry room and back into the closet. Sometimes, and this sounds really old-school sexist, the woman needs to clean out her SO’s stuff for him because he’s… well, pretty much lazy, and on the verge of being a hoarder. For us this is mainly clothes, he has about 100 t-shirts, many from 12-15 years ago – high school – most of them have holes, are too small, ugly, out of style, etc. Basically, if I let him dress himself and keep all of the clothes he has, people would think that he’s homeless. He’s a skateboarder so clothes don’t last very long before becoming tattered. Pants? Ha! Usually they end up at the point where his bottom is hanging out where there should be a butt pocket. There are also lots of electronic crap that needs to get thrown out, we have boxes of cables that will most likely never be used ever again. Sometimes you have to throw your family’s things away, not only your own stuff. If you have a family, you probably notice nothing belongs to just the person who wears/plays with it, everything in the house belongs to you because everything ends up belonging to the entire family, not just one person. We have about 200+ DVDs that we don’t even watch, that we don’t have space for, to the point where I have banned even the idea of buying any more movies because we have literally nowhere to put new ones.
My husband’s closet is the next stop in my ‘decluttering’. Eventually I’ll get around to the movies we don’t watch, which would free up space for a few newer ones.

Cleaning is always going to be an issue for me. Especially with children messing everything I do in a matter of seconds. But I’m happy to say that I don’t usually have a problem with keeping material things versus throwing them away without remorse. The only things I have a big problem with letting go is baby stuff (I try to only keep a few outfits from special occasions, and baby books), and photos. Photos are memories I don’t want to lose. Of course, if I had pictures taking up a lot of space instead of one drawer, I would have to go through them and decide which ones I really want to keep forever. Which of them are most important.

I’m thankful for all the videos on YouTube showing me what the KonMari method looks like since I’ve been interested in her book but couldn’t find it for free and our finances aren’t doing too well right now so I can’t afford to buy it because it’s not a necessity. I’m happy to discover that minus the whole house in one day thing, I’ve basically been cleaning this way for the past few years. I think it’s probably a good idea for me to go ahead and go all out with the entire house instead of one room like I have become accustomed to. Marie’s right, a little at a time just doesn’t work.

If you are like me and can’t afford the hardcover book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by, Marie Kondo“, never get around to reading self-help books, or hate e-books…etc, the Audible version is available on YouTube, I don’t know for how long, but HERE IT IS. It’s almost 5 hours long, so you’ll have to account for that.

Tax Time!

So as a poor person, tax time is pretty much the only time we ever have any extra spending or saving money.
We were thinking of buying a house, but since the market sucks right now, there’s nothing we can afford that’s livable.
So, spending money it is!

A friend and I have decided to take a trip to China in June. I’ve already talked it over with my mother for babysitting, and since the money came in as a nice Valentine’s Day present, I just bought a (nice) camera to Vlog, Blog, and take pictures of the trip (but probably more-so to take awesome pictures and video of my kids, because 1000 pictures in like 2 months is never enough 😉 ) so my family – husband, mom and the kids – can “go to China” with me, since obviously we don’t have (and probably never will have) enough for all of us to go, and I’ve been studying Chinese and about China for the past 3 years. I’ve never been anywhere, so it’s kind of a big important deal for me, I feel like if I don’t take the chance now, I never will.

Plus a vacation from life would really be nice!

Update on homeschooling:
S is doing really well with his school studies, and I recently did an assessment and he’s at the equivalent of almost knowing enough to have already “graduated” from Kindergarten! I really need to work on giving him more credit than I do. When it comes to schooling, I pretty much verge on the line of Tiger Mom (Google it for reference). I really have an amazingly smart kid.

It’s Been A While

And there’s not really a lot to talk about.

Z is 6 months old, S is 3 months away from turning 5, and I’ve just been working on trying to get him ready for kindergarten. He can almost count to 20, write his name, recognise numbers and letters, match, find differences, do math with picture problems.

I think he’s pretty much ready. Now I just have to decide whether he’s going to go to school or not. He really wants to, so I’ve been looking at Montessori schools because there’s no way in Hell I’ll put him in a regular public school. I don’t know what we’re going to do after 6th grade (that’s all that the Montessori schools around here go to.).

I never knew how stressful it would be just making a decision about what kind of education my kids would have.

I always knew I would never put my child in an Arizona public school though.

 

Welcome to the New Year

So it’s about mid-January now, that means people have already made and given up on their New Year’s Resolutions.

Here, we’re just trying to get out of the Holiday-mode and get back into the swing of normal life until next fall and winter.

Z is 5 months old now, sitting up and trying her hardest to crawl already. S is more mouthy and annoying than ever… I guess you’re not really supposed to talk about your kids like that, but I’m an honest person and people should know about the reality of parenting, the sugar-coating that most people layer on top of it in order to make people less afraid of becoming parents. I can’t believe he’s going to be 5 in a few months! That being said, I can’t believe I’m going to be 25. I already make fun of O for almost being 30… Now I feel like I’m almost there and my life really is over.

I’m still trying to talk O into getting the snip. I don’t think he understands that I’m serious and that I don’t want anymore kids. Come on, honestly, I had come to the conclusion before meeting O that the only kids I would ever have is if the guy I ended up with already had kids. Well, plans never end up how they’re supposed to, I was supposed to go to Sacramento and go to college and lead a normal young people life… a child-free life. HAHAHA. I honestly wasn’t made for being a mother, it’s kind of just something that happened and now I’m one of those anal, overprotective, crunchy granola, hippy-type parents. When Obama was re-elected I CRIED and CRIED. I was just 1 month pregnant and this was not the world I wanted to bring a baby into, I started looking into countries that let Americans immigrate really easily.. Ecuador is still on my list for places to move. Now my focus is kind of on buying as many guns as possible to protect my babies from ObamaSo, from TOTAL FEAR and regret of bringing a child into the world in this country, to “How can I keep my babies safe when the shit blows up?” In reality, my biggest regret in life is being born American – because there’s literally no where I can go to run away from here. That doesn’t mean I’m not full-red-blooded patriotic… I just don’t want to be stuck with a psycho like Obama.

Alright, enough of my rantings…

It’s a New Year. I already talked about my plan to buy guns… I also want to buy a baby carrier. A Shiny Star Designs baby carrier. This is about $200-$300 folks… Wayyyy out of our normal price range for anything. I probably won’t get one, but I really really want one. I’m still paranoid about wearing Z on my back anyways… People always think they’re allowed to touch her and look at her. I’m totally overprotective: Don’t even gaze your eyeball on my baby, bitch.
Oh and I want to get an SUV/Crossover thingy that has third row seating. That way we have room to drive people in one car, or we can put stuff in our car when we move instead of taking a million trips..we could cut it down by half… Honestly, it’s jut impossible to find something where you can fit 2 god damn car seats and possibly be able to take one other person with you. I squish my fat ass into the back seat and let the extra person, whichever of my parents is going, take the front passenger seat. At this rate, we’re never going to get rid of O’s car or my old Honda. I would like to keep my blue car for everyday O’s work, good gas milage, and have the SUV for other shit or when we need room for more people… I’ll probably never get to have one.

Now that it is the New Year, I need to get back on track with homeschooling S. I’ve also decided that I probably can’t handle homeschooling him past preschool, so I’m hoping to find a good Montessori school for him to go to. We’ve already decided on one here and picked one where my mom lives, just in case we move up there to save money. S is really excited to go to “real school”. I’m excited just to get him out of the house. However, I wish they had afternoon half-days instead of morning classes no-matter whether you pick a full or half day. So he’ll probably go for the full day since a half day would just be morning. I wanted the late start though… Apparently they don’t do that in Arizona. I hate mornings…. and getting up. That’s why I missed half of the school days throughout my entire childhood!

Anyways, got to get off of here, life duties are calling me!

Christmas: TGIO

Thank God It’s Over!

Everything went pretty well, except Christmas Eve, as expected. Instead of having it at our house, my excuse for the house being tiny worked out and got us out of hosting the thing. Instead, I got tricked into being in the same place as my sister-in-law. Kept my kids away from her and made $170 out of the whole ordeal, not too bad for 1 hour of work.

Christmas was pretty good. S had a ton of fun and got everything he wanted and more. Train, toothbrushes, pajamas, clothes, cars, trucks, lotion, body spray, a Ninja Turtle, animal crackers… I think that about covers it. We went out to breakfast and dinner with Grandpa and Grandma. Z got a bunch of noisy things and things to chew on. And our dog got toys too, because Christmas is when we celebrate her birthday and she’s 9 years old now.

I’m glad the holidays are over, now I get to look forward to paying off all the credit cards I maxed out and the lack of money we’ll have left from the tax refund after they’re all paid off.

We All Hate Hospitals….But(explicit)

But sometimes they are a necessary evil… Or not? I don’t know.

Every-time I take someone to the hospital it ends up being a waste of time and money. Which I guess is one reason to be glad to be dirt-poor, we don’t have to pay for it! It’s ridiculous that you’re forced to stay or else the state will take your kids away, even after tests return negative – “just in case“.

O-M-G, people, please don’t ever tell anyone in the emergency room that you don’t vaccinate. Everything becomes “because you don’t vaccinate….” Yeah, bitch, because I didn’t do years of research and THEN make the decision not to vax. My baby isn’t even old enough for the vaccine you’re whining about so it wouldn’t make a difference if I DID!

*Note to retarded self-righteous wannabe-doctors(not an MD): Don’t try scaring a non-vaxing parent, usually we know more about the vaccine than you because we don’t get paid by the big pharma company and we don’t only read the company-given pamphlets telling, “Why you need this.” Including complete lists of ingredients, side-effects, long-term effects, and other shit they don’t want you to know and the FDA doesn’t require to be told to the public because the government wants to fuck us over! I’ve done the research and the risks completely overshadow and outweigh the supposed “benefits”. Also, stop being so fucking snoody and “tsk-tsking” other peoples’ God(or self, if you don’t believe in a God)-given parental choices. I don’t for a second wonder why there are posters all around ER saying “It’s a felony to harm a medical worker.” YOUR DUMB ASS NEEDS PUNCHED IN THE FACE!
By the way, you tortured my child for nothing, CUNT.*

I would like to thank the actual doctors and nurses outside of the ER for being ultra kind, considerate, understanding, helpful, caring, and all-around NICE… And making our 48-hour stay bearable.
Well, besides the doctor on the first day and the nurse on the first night, I could have totally done without them. But Ben, Helena, Vicki, Sarah, and Scott were super awesome!

Regarding CPS’ use as complete OVERKILL in everyday society in America:
It’s complete BULLSHIT that parents are bullied into receiving medical care and unwanted advice at the threat of having our children taken away. The government needs to get its ass in check, we own you, not the other way around! Save CPS resources for people actually posing a threat to children, like the abusers that you allow to keep their children and beat the shit out of them while doing drugs.

First we were told that we could go home when the test results came back negative for everything. Then we were told to stay in the hospital for 2 days while the cultures are tested. Now my baby cries every-time she poops or sits because she was given antibiotics and disposable-diapers after knowing her tests were negative with only a 20% chance of becoming positive in the next 48-hours. You’re not allowed to remind them of what they first said or CPS get called. Unless a doctor is specifically saying, “the baby will die or get worse.” I don’t think you have the right to say a person is neglecting their child or putting them in danger. Nobody knows their babies like parents, and the body is this magical thing that has done it’s own medical care for thousands of years without “professionals”.
I’m not pissed about the stay because I was expecting it. But had it been a “oh shit” kind of hospital run and test came out fine but we were incarcerated anyways? Yeah I’d have been fucking pissed, because once you step foot in a hospital – you lose all of your human rights and become a prisoner until you’re allowed to leave.
Or else you get your family taken from you. Which is the main reason I hate hospitals. Besides the fact that the medical “professionals” are mainly stuck-up, snoody, brown-nosers who think they shit gold bricks. Luckily on this trip we actually got really good care and only the ER people were worthless pieces of shit.

Banner Cardon Children’s – Mesa
I think you rate my best hospital stay EVER: 6/10 *****

It would have been 10 if it weren’t for your shitty ER staff!… and those first night people.

I’m just glad to be home with my poor unnecessarily diaper-rashed baby who is otherwise in perfect health. ❤

Finally Did It! (Explicit language)

I sent my friend a text message yesterday saying that after this week I won’t watch her kids anymore.

However, I don’t think she took me very seriously seeing as how she reminded me tonight that starting next week she’ll no longer have Tuesdays off of work. *facepalm*
Her little brats were worse than ever, even after her threatening them before she left for work this morning. What kind of children destroy an entire string of Christmas lights by ripping off the bulbs or smashing them to bits!? Needless to say, we can no longer go in our own backyard barefoot anymore! I fucking hate them. Not to mention, that shit costs money! I don’t even feed the little fuckers anymore because they ate all of the food their mom brought over, and I refuse to feed them my food or else we’ll have a completely empty fridge like last week. Depressing.

Nothing to make you completely hate children that aren’t yours than by watching other peoples’ little brats.

Right?

*Sigh*

If she shows up at my door next Monday, I’m not going to answer the fucking door….Yeah right.

I hate being such a pussy ass doormat.