Thursday, January 29, 2009

Now you see it. Now you don't.

If it's out of sight, it's out of mind. Right?

Take food for example. For Norah & Hazel--but mostly Norah--if they've been enjoying an afternoon snack in their highchairs for a half hour already, and they look as though they're about to burst, we quickly stow away all animal crackers, clementines, raisens, and grapefruit segments so that food slowly shifts out of mind. And it works.

Or, take chapstick. Again, if Norah & Hazel have spotted a couple tubes of this lovely lip hydrant, you allow them both to practice putting it on by themselves, give them a few minutes to relish the time of holding it in their own little hands, then you quickly pry it from their tiny fingers, stick it in your back pocket without them noticing, and try to entice them with a Eric Carle book hoping they completely forget about it since it's out of sight. ask nicely, "Please give mommy the chapstick," in which they both obey, place it in your hand, and you put it back in the drawer, hoping that by keeping it out of sight, it will stay out of their two little minds.


Or, how about all this stuff that's under the desk in my craft room:


Looking at it tends to stir up an undistinguishable restlessness that usually leads me to scrubbing the toilet, munching on a bag of Reese's Pieces, or vacuuming pretty little lines into my carpet.

Little did I know, all I had to do was this:

..and put all that stuff out of sight. And pleasantly out of mind.

I'm not saying that it helped--in the least bit--with the Reese's problem.

16 comments:

Tanya said...

Hey Tiffany! Just found your blog......I love it! Mind if I list it on mine? I also love what you did to cover up what's under your desk. I did the same thing with one of our bathroom sinks....it is the kind without a cupboard underneath and I hated looking at the pipes and plunger.

Lisa H said...

I just did the same thing as Tanya and hung a similar curtain thing in my bathroom. :) I totally agree--out of sight, out of mind!

Amy said...

Oh Tiff, Tiff, Tiff... you went & got all HGTV on me again.
It looks super.

Pls come help me make things in my house look cute?

Melanie, Who am I ? said...

Is that the fabric you were talking about the other day? So not what I thought it was. It is very cute though!

stephanie said...

your desk looks great! love it.

Alicia O. & the gang said...

Is that what I think it is? A mini fridge in your craft room? You are the queen if it is! All that room to keep your bbee-.....soda in it! Or reeses for that matter!!! Looks great...love the fabric. Hey...maybe I should hire you to find me the "to die for" fabrics I have been looking for for my new baby product!!! Where do you find yours!

Kristen said...

Can I tell you how much I love your craft room!! I so need one of those. Next house, I tell you, next house!!

Great job on the cover too! Looks fabulous!

t h a i t r a i t said...

I wanna see more of your house.

Pretty please.

amanda said...

i want a craft room. i love the curtain.

Kristin said...

Looove it! Can you please come over and do mine?!? And while you're at it, please build me a craft room.

In all seriousness, what did you use to secure the fabric to the desk? That's a pretty [and] smart idea!

Aimee' said...

That looks lovely...now can I put one OVER my desk at work?! Outta sight....outta mind! ha

gina said...

Oh my gosh- your craft room is straight out of the pages of a magazine!! I want, I want!

Craft room.

Just added it to my list for the house hunt. :)

~*Michelle*~ said...

Can you come and wave your magic wand at my house?

xox

Liz said...

You gotta start digital scrapping...a lot less clutter to stress you out!...
liz

lori said...

oh...i know, you got my address and digits 'cause you're gonna come pimp out my space too! sooooo sweet of you!
when can i expect you!?

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