Wednesday, January 24, 2007


I had this idea for a post that I was mulling around in my head of how in awe I am of SuperMoms - you know the ones, whose children are all happy and healthy, who make elaborate homecooked meals, their houses are tidy, they manage a social life and play with their kids, their whole lives perfectly balanced. Does such a person actually exist? If so, I am so not that woman. I have no social life to speak of, everytime I make a more complicated dinner Elliot screams his head off like he's been abandoned, and I need to drop Boy off at his grandmother's house for the day so I can give the house a good clean.

I think I overdid it yesterday with the tidying. Maybe it's because we're still settling in, but there is still so much that needs to be organised. Our garage has become a dumping ground, we have too many nicknacks and JUNK hanging about and I can't bring myself to give it all to charity because I put emotional importance on everything. I have too many books, I've put most of my collection onto ReadItSwapIt, and I'm hoping getting rid of books I've been hoarding will make me feel better. Does everyone else have every single item of clothing that their child has ever worn, or is that some weird me-thing? I ended up feeling claustrophobic in our last house because of the sheer amount of possessions we owned, and I don't want the same to happen in this house, I need to do something!


  1. Regarding the clothes, I saved only the clothes I liked that my oldest wore (because hubby and I were talking about having a second). Now that we have another, I'm glad we have those hand-me-downs. Since we're not going to have another kid (I think!), the now-outgrown-by-both-boys clothes get put in a hand-me-down pile for one of my friends, or the goodwill pile.

    I admire your getting rid of your books. That's the one type of item I can't part with, even though I've got tons of books I haven't opened in nearly a decade.

  2. I still have every single piece of clothes of my little guys. I'm planning on giving it away to people I know who have boys and saving my favorites just because. I'm also holding onto them just in case I have another boy.

  3. I don't think there is such a thing as a super-mom. I think we all have things that we struggle with. I would get rid off all the stuff that you don't absolutely love. It causes to much stress and anxiety to keep everything...then you just have to worry about cleaning it or storing it, and a lot of times that is just not worth it.

  4. I hate clutter too! I could not get rid of any of my books. I keep all the baby clothing and stuff since we plan on having more kiddos and it makes sense to have all that stuff on hand.

    I think supermom is a myth. Some people are better at hiding it than others.

  5. I hate getting rid of stuff, even though I feel my house is cluttered with "junk." My rationalization is that I might need it again someday. And yes, I still own every piece of baby clothing my children have worn.

    I agree with awesome mom, supermom is a myth. If someone is "looking" that good, they have to have help in some way, a nanny, a housekeeper, kids in daycare/preschool part of the time. Or, they've gone insane trying to keep that image. I'll keep my messy house, thank you.

  6. I agree with everyone else that I think the supermom concept was always the ideal that was never met, and thus doesn't exist.


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