Oh man, I can’t tell you how thrilled I am with Lia’s latest ‘favorite thing to do’ (insert sarcasm here). So, let me tell you how it all got started. We have this awesome built in mini-desk/cabinet in the kitchen, which we call ‘the cubby’. So over the years (almost 5 to be exact… I can’t believe we’ve lived in this house that long!), the cubby has housed all of the coloring books, preschool books, crayons, etc. As the kids have gotten older, we’ve acquired more and more of this stuff. Add in Ava’s new love for crafts and, as you can imagine, the doors to the cubby barely closed.

Insert Target’s organizational line called Itso. I could go on and on about Itso, probably an entire blog post, but let’s just make it short and to the point. When you combine organizational stuff with ridiculously cuteness, well I can’t help myself. Oh, back to the point of the whole post. So, the cubby is overstuffed and every time the kids want to color or draw, which is EVERY FREAKING DAY lately, they climb on top of the desk and open the doors to the cubby. Stuff starts falling out and when they tried to put it back, it was even worse. SO, I  bought two complete Itso storage thingies (yes, that is a word and if it isn’t, I hereby declare that it is now… at least on MY blog). I got the brilliant idea to set them up in the bottom of the linen closet, perfect height for little ones to get their own coloring stuff out AND put it back. Brilliant if I must say so myself.

So, we’ve got one bin for crayons, one for markers, a ridiculously cute polka dot (yes, polka dot!) fabric bin to hold coloring books and another for plain drawing paper. And there’s even a divided bin to perfectly organize glue sticks, glitter glue, pencil sharpeners, and scissors.

Yes, scissors. And that’s where it all went downhill. Ava lately has been OBSESSED with drawing and coloring and cutting and gluing and taping. Whatever Ava and Max are obsessed with, Lia is equally enamored of. Now, I am certain that neither Max nor Ava EVER touched a pair of scissors when they were Lia’s age. Honestly, I just figured she wouldn’t be able to even use them.

Guess what?! I was wrong. Lia can DEFINITELY use scissors. And her new favorite pastime? If you guessed it’s cutting a piece of paper into a jillion pieces, you win the grand prize! I mean, I guess I should be thrilled that she’s not cutting up clothes or my couch or her hair. And I am. But man, it is so hard to clean up eight thousand teeny weeny paper pieces off the floor, under the couch, behind the recliner in the bedroom, out of the rug in my bathroom. But I guess if I ever want to start a business selling confetti, I’ve already got a passionate confetti-ist!

Josh Solar (624 Posts)

I am a: Joy Seeker. Big Dreamdoer. Family Adventurer. Connoisseur of fine music. Practitioner of Gratitude. Painter of Watercolors.

Heather Owens
Heather Owens

omg...I bought 4 Itsos a couple weeks ago to organize my office. The polka dotted boxes make me very happy! (As did the price tag on them...) Side note: I'm waiting anxiously for the post about Lia's self inflicted hair cut. :)