Let me first show you, then I will explain:
*note all the empty baskets, totes, and bins hanging out, just kinda minding their own business, nuttin' in 'em...just thought I would point 'em out. They used to have 9 people's clothes in them!*
Yesterday, I went downstairs to get some clothes for our kindergardner. We keep our clothes down in our laundry area just to ease up on carrying baskets up and down stairs, especially when I am pregnant. We have shelves, baskets, and totes to keep it all flowing. I was greeted by this....disaster!!!!!!
I first stopped in my tracks, took a step back and held the edge of a dresser to keep from falling, and asked the first child to come near me, "What. on. earth. happened. HERE????" There was a little stuttering and stammering, then one of them said, "Uhh, it was, um, S's idea! She actually emptied everything out, I just jumped onto them!" Upon further investigation, I found out that my lovely daughter, S, decided the world wouldn't be complete without a clothes volcano, of all things! She proceeded to dump out the baskets, totes, shelves, even the tops of the washer and dryer of all the clothing she could possibly find right in that area, pile it up as high as she could, then climb up on top of the washer and dryer, and jump down. So, daughter G naturally followed suit "'cause S told me to!"
Can I tell you that it is nearly impossible to find socks and underwear in a pile like that, especially in time for our little kindergardner to make it to school on time? I think that was the first basket to get emptied.
Can I also tell you that it is nearly impossible to pull a pile like that apart to fold clothes again? After being jumped onto by, not a 2 and a 5 year old, but an 8 and a 10 year old? 'Cause all those clothes were compacted down pretty hard after all that jumping?
Explanation for the dirty deed?
Me: Please just tell me, what were you thinking? Seriously! I need to just know. What were you thinking?!?!?!?!? Was it to be really, really naughty? Or were you just not thinking?"
Her: "Uhhhmmmm...I guess...I just...wasn't....thinking???!" Whew! 'Cause I would hate to think someone could have even given it a second of thought and make a conscious decision to do this!!!!
Well, library trip was cancelled for yesterday. Everything else for that matter. My little helpers are still helping me fold, sort, and put away laundry.
Might I add that I even had so, so many piles sorted into stuff going away for the winter, getting thrown away, getting given away, and so on....all dumped, mixed up, and compacted down?