There are so many things in life that make me scream so loudly (in my head). Well we don’t have all day, so I will share just 5 of them.
1. THOSE LOVELY LOVELY STICKERS.
I understand, we give our kids lovely books with stickers out of love and then these same kids turn against us and start sticking those cute but pesky stickers on everything with such admirable resolve. Granted they look cute, until you want to take them off.
Take a very deep breath and reach for your hair dryer. Apply heat to the sticker(s) in small areas for about 15 seconds and then peel the sticker immediately with ease. If you do it carefully, the sticker should come off completely, if it doesn’t, apply a little more heat and peel. Please use with caution.
(Or you can use ‘Sticky Stuff Remover’ which I find somewhat messy)
2. WHERE DID THE OTHER SOCK GO?
Raise your hands if you have loads of unmarried socks in your house; uncountable numbers of miserable socks desperately seeking their partners.
An effective solution for the kids is to make them roll their socks into a ball before tossing them (wherever they choose to toss them, hopefully, the laundry basket).
When it’s time for laundry, they can go straight into the washer that way. Most times they can be dried still rolled up (especially in the summer).
If they are football socks (something which I know very little about) I would assume you would remove the mud beforehand.
Kids will find this fun, rolling their socks into a ball and turning the laundry basket into a basketball hoop.
DISCLAIMER: I take no responsibility if kids start throwing their rolled up socks at each other.
3. TURNING THE BATHROOM INTO A STEAM ROOM
After a long luxurious shower, to the point where your skin almost peels off, you step out of the shower and realise you are not in the steam room at David Lloyds; your mirrors are fogged over. You take a short cut, like most, and wipe a small portion of the mirror; unfortunately, this will leave unsightly streaks when the mirror dries up.
Before taking a shower, get some shaving foam (preferably men’s shaving foam). Squeeze a generous amount on your clean dry mirrors ensuring that you have covered the whole mirror.
Once this is done, buff with a clean, dry cloth till there are no blotch marks left. This will guarantee your mirror does not steam over after your shower.
4. WRAPPING PAPER DISASTER
This is sweet and short. Keep those unruly wrapping papers under control, once you take what you need, tape it down with ‘masking tape’ not ‘cello tape’.
Oh, the joys of masking tape, it would hold most things down or together without stripping.
5. MY BIGGEST SCREAM FACTOR ….FELT TIP PENS
When my kids were 6 and 4;
We had felt tip on white walls.
We had felt tip on white furniture.
We still have felt tip on beddings.
We still have had felt tip on clothing.
We had felt tip on carpets.
I have tried being reasonable with the kids, I have tried shouting and threatening, I have tried arranging the felt tips in beautiful cute, small boxes by colours and sizes, to make it seem like pleasure rather than the chore it is.
Alas, I came to the best solution ever, it has worked, and we no longer have felt tip marks anywhere in the house. No more shouting and (or) threatening, just pure joy. It was such a revelation.
I gathered all the felt tip pens and threw them in the bin….
BUT THEY KEEP COMING BACK!!!!
Have a nice day.