- hosiery and kneehis (now organized)
- two jewelry box/pouches
- two girls’ gold cross necklaces
- a blue fanny pack
- a hot pink visor (now retired)
- a blackberry belt clip
- a motorola charger for a phone from about five years ago
- a set of ipod earphones
- three funky blue plastic things that must have corresponded to something sometime
- a bandaid
- two reflectors from running
- a drawer sachet knitted by my mother in law
- a red stocking cap
- a pair of blue biking shorts circa 1987
- a picture of Wayne Kevin at 18 months (keeping!)
- three crayons
- a non functional ink pen
- 3 shoestrings
- a toothbrush and toothpaste in a ziploc bag
- a cheap poncho
- a blank check
- 4 pieces of genuine trash
- a Land’s End invoice from March 2005 for a pair of pants that went to Goodwill long ago
- one penny.
My family was mystified by the sight of me on the floor of the bedroom, typing in the sock drawer inventory into the laptop. The nice side benefit is that since my daughter was watching the Video Music Awards, I got to share a little of that with her (and knew when to send my 10 year old out of the room). Here’s the end result:
This little exercise reminded me of several scenarios set forth in the book I am reading, Freakonomics. The author does a thought-provoking job of explaining why sometimes events that we think are directly correlated are, upon further exploration, not as straightforward as they seem. I am a little upset that reading to your children isn’t necessarily correlated with success in school, but I would still argue it is time well spent. Anyway, is having a clean sock drawer going to correlate with cleaning out some mental baggage and simplifying my life as I would like?
If not, I’m still richer by one cent.
Wife of one, Mom of two, Friend of many.