Teenagers and Tiaras
My thirteen year old daughter is such a girl.
Growing up, I was a bit of a tomboy and I guess I still am. I just never got into the make-up and jewelry. I’ve never worn a pair of high heels and I’m pretty sure that the last time I wore a dress was on my wedding day.
But my daughter is the complete opposite. Her room is just stuffed beyond it’s capacity with “girly” stuff. There are clothes, jewelry, and make-up all over the room. It looks like an Ulta, and the Icing next door, exploded in her room. She has too much stuff.
To make matters worse, it doesn’t just stay in her room. It’s all over the house. It’s on the back of the bathroom sink, the kitchen counter, the entertainment center, in our cars, and anywhere else she frequents.
I swear, she walks through the front door when she get home from school and things just start dripping off of her. Her backpack and anything else she was carrying is dropped just past the front door. The shoes come off in the kitchen, then the socks in the den. As she proceeds through the house, miscellaneous items drop off her like leaves falling from a tree.
To make matters worse our 18 month boy, who is naturally fascinated by all her glittery stuff, picks up the miscellaneous stuff and scatters it further around the house. Oooooh, “shiny”!
And then she wonders why she can’t find her stuff when she’s looking for it.
Now my daughter is an intelligent and very talented young lady. But, she tends to be totally oblivious to the world around her. Like, she runs into walls and trips over air she’s so oblivious. Now, she does have a mild case of Cerebral Palsy which contributes to her falling down. But, I swear it’s at least 50% just not paying any attention to her surroundings. She can leave a pair of shoes in the middle of the room and never see them again. She can walk past them for days and never notice them. She will only pick them up when she either needs them and starts looking for them or I point them out and tell her to pick them up.
So, how do I fix this? I really don’t like having to tell her to pick up her stuff and clean her room all the time. I have scrounged around the internet and found a few ideas that would help in her room at least, if not the rest of the house. And maybe, just maybe, if she had a better place to put things, she might actually put them there. I know, wishful thinking!
I think this magnetic make up storage would be great:
And who would have thought of using cutlery trays or ice trays for jewelry? Awesome ideas, now to actually do it! (Sources: http://laurathoughts81.blogspot.com/2011/03/make-up-magnet-board.html; http://beadup.blogspot.com/2010/04/fashionably-friday-jewelry-holders.html; http://www.maillardvillemanor.com/2011/07/cutlery-tray-for-jewelry.html