I want to empty out my whole house and start over.
This happens to me every single month at just about the same time. (I also start craving chocolate and getting migraines around this time, too, y’follow?) I just get fed up with all the crap in my house and I want to put it in piles, throw it out, rearrange it all. For about a week every month, I’d be perfectly happy to just live in a house of completely empty rooms. But I know I’d eventually come to my senses.
The toys are my greatest conundrum right now. I know I can throw some out or donate some or return some to their rightful lender, but which ones? The ones he hasn’t played with a long time, but are old standard favorites? The ones we got before he was ready, but that might be just the perfect thing in 6 months? The ones that are basically duplicates of other toys like the zillionth fire truck, even though he loves them all and has different names for them all (“bigg’ole fire truck” and “actual fire truck” among my favorites)? How do I know which toys can go and never be missed and which ones should stay?
Same with books. And stuffed animals. And clothes. It’s very hard for me to let go of things for some reason. I solved the clothes problem by making a quilt out of all my favorites that he had outgrown, but I can’t very well make a quilt out of old puzzles with missing pieces, can I?
ETA: Right after I wrote this, I was inspired to go pick through his toys and at least move some to the basement, if not directly out to the trash. I also organized what was left. I love Joe’s idea of asking The Who to go through the toys himself and will probably do that on the next go-around. I think he might still be a little too young to get the concept.