Am I An Organized Mom or a Hoarder?

I have a lot of stuff.  I know that the reality is that I have far more stuff than we need, and we could probably live a lot more simply without it.  Is there any real reason why we require four laptops and a netbook, plus a company provided laptop?  Or why my kids need so many toys, or why I have a massive cloth diaper stash?  I’d like to think that because I’m an organized mom, this is a non-issue.

Unlike the hoarders we see on TV, I’m not buying duplicates of things because I can’t find the one I bought in the first place.  (Or at least, I’m not doing that very often.)  I can part with things.  My house doesn’t have any rooms that can’t be used in the manner intended due to having so much stuff.  But I like things for contingency plans.  Maybe it was hoarding behavior, or maybe it was smart and organized mom behavior… but I kept every single piece of Norton’s baby clothes that were in great condition after he outgrew them.  I hung onto outgrown baby toys, the whole nine yards.  I knew that we were going to have another baby, and it just made more sense to me to keep the bottles, the breast pump, and everything else instead of buying it again.

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DIY Kid Closet Dividers

I love shopping for baby clothes.  And toddler clothes.  Because I try to be a thrifty mom when it comes to buying cute baby clothes, it means that I often buy clothes ahead for both Norton and Eudora.  However, being a thrifty mom and buying ahead is a big fail if the cute baby clothes are missed and outgrown before your kid even has a chance to wear them.

I’ve found that the biggest thing that makes buying clothes ahead work is just a little bit of organization.  Even if you’re not a super organized mom or a terribly crafty mom, there are things that you can do to help keep your stash of kid clothes organized.

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When Did I Feed the Baby? (There’s an app for that)

I’ve found that the challenges of going from one child to two are much more difficult than the challenges of going from none to one.  When going from none to one, there are theoretically more adults in the household to help out than when going from one to two.  That means that there’s someone else to give you a hand (and a break) when getting overwhelmed.  When there are two children and two adults, that means that there’s this perfect one to one ratio that reduces the likelihood of either parent actually getting some downtime.

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