4M Margarita’s Manic Monday Minutes
My daughter has very long hair.
Its 4M Margarita’s Manic Monday Minutes and we are organizing Hair Accessories. Well, its very long hair compared to my hair. I don’t think I have ever had hair that got longer than just past my shoulders. Touching the base of my shoulder blades? Never going to happen. My eldest has THE CUTEST pixie cut that suits her very much. She only had long hair because she needed something to anchor her huge Irish Dance wig. As soon as she stopped competing, she cut her hair almost immediately.
My second daughter, however had much longer hair. She has the kind of hair that I only got after having children (yeah, pregnancy hormones). Its fairly thick and long. It is something that she wields easily. Here, there, everywhere. It sits proudly on top of her head or ‘pin’ straight by the side of her lovely face. It also means that she is pretty handy with it. It gets braided, crimped, twisted, curled and pleated. It is amazing what she can do with her hair. The thing is, there seems to be many items that must accompany that hair: elastics, clips, bows, clamps…
To say the least there are many of these items hanging around the house…just sitting on a counter… in a drawers… on the floor (tsk, tsk). They are enough to drive my husband crazy. At times, I am grateful they are around as I usually need something to pull my own hair back with. DD actually has an entire drawer dedicated to these things. The good thing is I gave her a tiny task a few weeks back and you can see the before and after of her 4M task.
She did a fine job of getting rid of many items that she no longer uses. That is key to keeping things organized with your kids: the more buy-in from them to let go of items, the easier it is for you to let go of them. As a mom, I do get caught up in the value of things. “But you begged me to spend $18 for that Lululemon hairband” and as I looked through the bag I realized it was not one but a few of those. I am fully aware that some other girl will love them so I threw them in the wash and will now donated them. They will find a home with another little girl with long hair.
There are lessons to be learned in this video:
- my daughter is a visual learner so she needs to be able to see things to use them
- keep the essentials, no need to keep items that you don’t use
- re-use containers that you already have to organize them
- clean the drawer before you put everything back
- keep like items together
- open up the space for other items that may have been placed on the countertop
- set a time limit to accomplish this task 10 – 15 minutes at the most
- let your kids own the mess the make and make them clean it up
We have been on a quest to organize my teen daughter. You can see how we organized her hair appliances, decorated her room and purged her closet so if we just keep humming along, we should be able to tackle some other easy projects in 20 minutes or less. This is what Margarita’s Manic Monday Minutes are all about.