What is a spot? Spots can be good things or bad things. Have you ever had the rare privilege of parking in the first parking spot? At Christmas? Right next to a cart return so you can deposit your children in a cart as soon as you get them out? I have. I kept checking to see if it was actually a spot reserved for people with handicaps. Nope. That was a good spot!
A toothpaste spot on your blouse moments before you have to leave the house and you don’t have time to change into another outfit is a bad spot. I have known too many of those spots. That’s why getting dressed is the last thing I do in the morning. Although that choice sometimes has me patting myself as if I’m my own security agent, making sure I’m decent and didn’t forget anything.
My house is full of spots. Some good. Some bad. It’s a perspective issue. I also know that one day these spots will change and I will miss them.
The recycle spot is the corner of the kitchen counter by the sink. That’s where all the items that need to be recycled are stored until one of us actually takes it out to the recycling bin in the garage.
Very important items that must not be forgotten are placed on the floor about a foot away from the bedroom door. The hope is we trip over it or step on it in the morning and remember to take care of it. This is not a fool proof plan. Many items have sat in the middle of the floor for days while we strategically step around. These are items that need attention but are not critical. We smack our foreheads every time we realize we forgot to do something with the non critical item.
The shoe parking lot is at the foot of the bed. Heath parks his shoes short term only. His work shoes park overnight and walk out the next morning. My shoes don’t long term park as much as they simply live at the foot of the bed.
My shoes could use some lessons from homing pigeons since I never know where they are. If they aren’t in the shoe parking lot they could be in the shoe basket in the laundry room. This is a spot dedicated for shoes unlike the shoe parking lot. If I leave them out downstairs Gwen wears them and leaves them who knows where. Usually not together. Some days I look everywhere for my shoes. Just when I think I may have to find a different pair or risk making Gavin late for school, I find my original choice in my closet where they belong.
Laundry is another spot. The kids have laundry baskets in their closets. The boys do alright using it correctly. Their socks have a tendency to lie around all over the house. My pet peeve is the sock spot on the back of the couch.
Gwen’s new thing is to push her laundry basket out of her closet so she can stand in her closet with the door shut, then play peek a boo regardless of having an audience. Once the laundry basket is out she then dumps the contents out so she can put the basket over her head. It’s a mesh cylinder with a turtle lid that Velcro's on. When it’s over her head it comes down to almost her knees. She teeters around and falls a lot.
We have two collapsible laundry baskets in Heath’s closet. One for darks and one for whites. But I have a lot of shirts I don’t like to put in the dryer so those shirts spend time on the floor of my closet until laundry day. Many times I forget about them. Then I have nothing to wear! I also have a laundry spot by the side of the bed. When I’m in a hurry or I’m simply lazy, I will change into my pajamas and leave my clothes on the foot of the bed. Then when I go to bed I’m too tired to put my clothes away so I sweep them onto the floor. And there they stay until laundry day.
The remote spot should be on top of the TV. That’s where the universal remote charger is. The remote can be found anywhere on the back of the couch. Sometimes it’s on the counter or the table. Sometimes we don’t know where it is. We still haven’t found our last universal remote. Heath finally bought another one figuring we would find the missing one once he did. No such luck. At least we have a new universal remote. I hate using five remotes just to watch a movie.
Like most families, we have assigned spots at the table. I have to laugh that for years my kids have created snack spots for themselves. These snack spots are not their typical meal spots. No, they like to eat their snacks where Mom and Dad eat meals. Then they almost never finish their snacks so there are crackers and crumbs right where we eat. Gwen eats a few things at the table then grabs handfuls of snacks to be enjoyed somewhere else in the house. Because she’s easily distracted, her snacks sit out wherever she left them. And she will not eat them later. The Little Diva can only eat fresh crackers!
The homework spot is next to the boys’ computer. One of Gavin’s first homework assignments of first grade was to write where he will do his homework and then draw a picture of it. He wrote something about doing homework on the desk next to the computer “because the table is too messy!”
Remember when I used to always have a clean house? Pre Gwen? God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change like keeping my house spotless.