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Monday, January 2, 2012

Storage Wars - My Eclectic Life

What would my dream for 2012 be? Well, except for moving out and ending my marriage. I want to be able to store things and put things away. One huge difference between my soon to be ex and I are always battling about clutter and stuff. He thinks we have too much stuff. I think we have no place to put things. He wants nothing in our house and I want shelves and bins and toy boxes and containers and hangers to hang up my clothes.

It is true that in our last house we did not have closet space so we did not have hangers. He have been in this house for almost two years now. He still gets mad at me when I buy hangers. Seriously! How can I put my clothes in my closet if I don't have enough hangers. I just did hanger inventory again and I really need to get more. Because I started wearing dressier clothes for work I have taken those clothes out of storage and they need to be hung up.

I have many teaching supplies in bins in my bedroom. I think I have almost 20 bins. They are against a wall and not in the way. He actually is trying to get me to get rid of them. He thinks if it is in a bin that I am not using it. I may not be using it today, that is why I am storing it. But the bins are labeled so when I need what they hold I can find it. We have a fight about these bins about once a month. I don't know why they are so threatening to him.

My dream would be book shelves filled with books lining my walls. I would love my basement and garage walls organized with shelves filled with bins so our clutter can be put away and I could find it. I want those ottomans that you can put things inside. I want shelves with doors so I can hide things and put things away.

Already it is just a week after Christmas he is complaining that the kids have too many toys and no place to put them. But he also refuses to buy shelves, toy boxes, bins, or any container for their toys to be put away in. The kids long for these items. ANy big box we get is used by the kids to put their toys in until he decides it is clutter and throws it away. The all they toys are dumped out and become clutter once again.

We were in a store this past week and I pointed out to him how the kids were cleaning up nicely, putting toys in the bins they belonged in. It was beautiful. He said that we would have bins all over and they would take over the house. Then of course he brought up my neatly stacked bins in my bedroom that are against the wall and not in anyones way. Once again he told me that they needed to go and I was silly for wanting shelves and bins because we have too much stuff.

So now I slowly buy the storage items I can, and I pray that my son will stop breaking them. That is another battle and the older he gets the less he destroys. He really wants shelves in his room to put things away in. So I slowly get what I need. Hopefully in a few months, when I have enough money saved for three months rent, I will find a nice place for the three of us to move into and I can store things the way I need to without the Ogres input.

This is what I want, I walk into an organization store and I lose my breath. I want the label gun and little boxes to put into larger boxes. If they just didn't cost so much! So until I can get al of that I'll have to make do with the plastic bins and sharpie markers to label them. I'll have to shop the garage sales for mix matched book shelves and enjoy the eclectic life. Someday maybe I will be able to walk into a storage store and load up my carts with all that I dream for, or maybe I will just enjoy my eclectic life.

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