Julie Lyles Carr: Organizational AA

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Organizational AA

"Hi, my name is Octamom and I have a problem with purchasing organizational products....."

"Hello, Octamom......"


Okay, I'm just gonna come right out and admit it....I have a problem with purchasing organizational products.  I know I shouldn't look, but they're just everywhere.  They flash their clutter-cutting promises and I fall for it over and over, just like Gerald Ford stepping out of Air Force One....one look and I trip all over my intentions to not purchase more of them.  They come home with me and they look so snazzy and I start to try to make good on all the assurances of more time and space and energy....and then it happens.  


They just don't live up to my expectations.

But here's the thing.

Apparently, for these organizational items to work, you have to use them.  Yeah.  I know.  I'm not looking for a product that will require consistency and discipline on my part.  I've done what I should.  I purchased the product.  Shouldn't the product then be responsible for keeping my closets organized and my spices symmetrical and my shoes paired up?  Shouldn't the product have some sort of covenant to  keep?  Why does it all rest on my shoulders?  

Sigh.

Take for example this little beauty....
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I know, I know....makes your heart beat a little faster, doesn't it?  I mean, what's not to love?  This was going to be my "Homeschool Office in a Cart."  It was going to come with me to soccer practices, dance recitals, road trips.  It was going to house my teacher manuals, school supplies, extra paper and Tylenol....and Midol.


Check out this zipper pocket...genius....

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And an on-board filing system....oh, the majesty...


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Oh, oh, and look at this!  Pencil and pen pouches with velcro and everything....and little zipper pouches for paper clips and other little office supplies that you just never know when you might need 'em....

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And don't forget the wheels and the telescoping handle for easy transport from soccer field to soccer field...

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What's not to love?



What's that?  What ARE we using it for, you ask?  Why would I not use this for its inspired purpose?


Well, a couple of reasons....



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The twins are under the impression that this organizational wonder belongs to them.  You know, the twins.  The twins who hate to be trapped in strollers, car seats, high chairs and cribs?  Yeah, those twins...they will sit in this cart for hours....okay, maybe not hours, but long enough for me to unload the dishwasher and move clothes from the washer to the dryer...that's an eternity in Twin Time...


They love it...

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Just take them out, you say?  Just take them out?  Well, then this happens....

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Are you strong enough to tell her 'no'?  Can you stand up to those huge, green, sad eyes?  I thought not...


Ah, that's better...

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Just a little cart time with 7 and her pink poodle....

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Feel the joy....



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Who am I to mess with this kind of tranquility, this kind of peace, this kind of Cart Karma?

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Stupid cart.  I didn't need it anyway.....







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