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January 13, 2014 by Ellen V

My favorite splurge is storage containers. I don’t want to know why I’m so attracted to them, but I know exactly why: I love piles, and storage containers are clean and organized places in which to store my piles.

Mama K will tell you that my need to sort and store in piles goes way, way, way back, and Eric will tell you that it really hasn’t gotten any better over the years. I wish I could say that the impulse is helpful, but it’s not. Not most of the time, anyway.

The good news is that my compulsion to sort and organize has actually done some good in the last couple weeks–I sorted all the outgrown baby junk over the summer, and now anytime I go to retrieve anything (for a friend’s visiting granddaughter, dinner with friends and their littles, or a babysitting adventure), I’ve been able to find what I need quite easily with relatively little searching. It’s become almost a game, and I’m winning!

And the toys in the living room and the mess in the closets are almost at the point where I don’t feel embarrassed when we have guests anymore. That seems kind of like winning, too.

And I even have a couple good sized and unused boxes in our attic, waiting for the next round of outgrown kid stuff. More winning?

Just keep me away from Home Depot, as now that I know these big ol’ store-brand 20 gallon bins are less than $6, I may just go crazy. And not in a good way. I might be winning the organization war, but if my husband stops speaking to me (or being able to look in my eyes over the piles), the winning may not feel quite as good anymore.

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