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Things I really don't want

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We've been transitioning the kids into separate bedrooms, a move that was precipitated by the transition from cribs to regular beds. Previously, the kids were all stored in one room, and a lot of the other junk was put in the 'play room.' The play room needed to be converted into the girls' room, and the 'bedroom' became my son's room.

It's times like this when hearing how tired someone with one child is can really rub me the wrong way. They've never experienced three children pinging around the bedrooms like pinballs on speed. And I wouldn't have known the difference until I could see what it was like to have one child alone in one room.

The other issue was how eye-opening it was to come face-to-face with how much useless crap we had stored in that play room. Tubs, clothes, car seats my God, the car seats. Here's a bit of friendly advice: don't take used car seats. I took them in my blissful ignorance, right before I learned about the expiration dates and found out that all three would be expired by the time I would have my children. So they have occupied various rooms in my house for almost three years as we shuffled things about. Now we need to get rid of them. 

Do you know how difficult it is to get rid of car seats? Say you have found a place that will recycle them (which not every town does, so be prepared to be pissed off). Your next step is removing all the fabric, straps and metal that you possibly can. By hand. Then writing EXPIRED, in large friendly letters all over it and hoping your recycle guys will pick it up or take it. And no, I haven't done all of that yet. They're now hanging out on my front porch. 

But it gives you some frame of reference for why I went straight from cribs to twin beds. Because I want less crap in my house. I'm not saying toddler beds are useless. They are a perfectly respectable transition between cribs and actual beds and can help the kids themselves get used to being in something new without having to learn by taking a nose-dive off the side. Many people use them to great effect then transition into beds. They even save the toddler bed for the very real possibility that they may have another child. I do not have that problem.

All I'm saying is, I don't have room for three extra pieces of furniture that I will only use for a year or two before I upgrade to a new piece. I want to be done with these transitions. Further, I want to be done with storing vast amounts of oddly specific furniture that is really only good for a short window of time. While it is useful, this stuff is incredibly useful but once the kids outgrow it, it becomes a bulky, unwieldy and usually gaudily-colored dust magnet.

The good news is, all of the kids are in bedrooms. We are no longer storing huge, bulky items in their rooms. I wish the same could be said about my own bedroom.


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