Managing the Chaos

We are spending the holidays with my sister’s family.  My sister’s home can feel a bit chaotic – not surprising since she has three very active boys, ages 10, 7, and 4.  My sister and brother-in-law keep the home organized enough for it to function most days, but when you enter, you can definitely tell kids live in this home.  It gives me an insight into what my home will look like as X-man grows up and makes me a little nervous.

Some of the managed chaos at my sister's home
Some of the managed chaos at my sister’s home
The boys have been here...
The boys have been here…

I’ve been trying to keep X-man’s toys under control, but in the last couple of months they are starting to take over.  All of a sudden, I own two bouncy chairs, an ExerSaucer, a Jumperoo, an umbrella stroller, a jogging stroller, a high chair, and tons of teething toys – and that’s just our first floor.   X-man is starting to win (if I’m honest – he’s already won).

When I visit my sister, I realize this trend will continue.  What keeps me from completely freaking out is remembering the feeling of my sister’s house. The house is full of laughs.  It is comfortable.  It is lived in.  My sister and brother-in-law manage the chaos, so they can focus on what’s important – making sure my nephews feel loved.

When I’m feeling a little anxious about the chaos coming my way, I should remember what is most important – keeping the home full of love, not perfect organizing systems.

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