Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Mine and theirs




I was going about my morning housework - making beds, putting away laundry, generally straightening up. I noticed that both children's dressers are becoming cluttered, and dusty. We're pretty mindful of "stuff" in this house, trying to teach them that stuff isn't as important as experiences, or relationships. But realistically, it's hard enough for adults to understand this. Children have even more trouble. So they collect items and keep them in shoeboxes and bins in their rooms and in the family room. They also keep collections on their dressers. Their father and I do too.

The items on our dressers represent us: wristwatches and hairbrushes, pens and knives, toys and jewelry. Some of us are neater than others; some of us like things a bit austere. The LB stores his current pajamas on the dresser top, the GB collects Chapstick like it's going out of style. I can't remember to put my jewelry away when I take it off. The Bear needs to put his calligraphy pens in his desk. I hadn't paid much attention to our dresser clutter before but it was interesting. We're a family, but we're distinct. We have our own things, symbols of ourselves - who we are, what we care about. Our dressers are our own spaces. We brush our hair, we choose jewelry, we load our pockets in the morning and empty them again at night.

What do you keep on your dresser? What do your family members keep on theirs?

32 comments:

  1. I think my husbands pockets give more away than his dresser top, everything goes in the pockets and gets moved into the pockets of the clean trousers the next day... sigh... I have a spot next to the bed piled with books and magazines, a pen and notepad... for emergencies x

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  2. Chapstick, she's a girl after my own heart. I love the Swiss army knife, ready for any eventuality. I've been thinking recently that my two older boys need some spaces of their own to put their stuff. They don't have their very own space, so the middle boy results to squirrelling things away in odd places. I really must sort it out. And as you say, everyone's little treasures are unique to them, it's lovely to see each personality reflected in their choices. CJ xx

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  3. What an interesting snapshot of life, I bet it'll be interesting to look back on in future, to see how life has changed, especially your kids dressers! I keep my jewellery, body lotion and books on my bedside table, and a hundered more things besides in the drawers! My hubby has little computery bits and bobs and books too. We're a book couple! x

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  4. What an interesting "snapshot" of your family, Jennifer. I think that a decade or to down the road you will look back at this post and these pictures, and warm memories will come flooding back. My dresser has the jewelry box my grandpa gave me, and a basket with handknit socks. It also is the storage place for all the things my kids leave behind when they visit. I'm always happy to clear it off the next time they come back, but then inevitably I look around and find something new they've left behind to put back on top of the dresser. :-)

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  5. I can so relate to this! My oldest has a collection that she is very proud of on our dresser! At night I have to grab a couple things off of it to put away or it will grow and grow!!!! So cute to see the little pieces they choose to hang on to and how they arrange things! Loved this! Happy day you! Nicole xo

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  6. We don't have a dresser in our bedroom (not enough space) but I know that if we did have one it would be filled with loads of clutter! x

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  7. I keep my perfume, my jewellry box, some photographs, and a bowl of bits and pieces. The boys don't store stuff. And Marc isn't here long enough to have stuff lying around. I thought this was really thought provoking. I wonder how the dressers of your children will change as they grow up? It will interesting to see!
    Leanne xx

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  8. I don't have a dresser but my dressing table holds jewellery, make up etc. Bella is the worst - she keeps everything, every sticker, pebble, notepad, feather...it drives me mad. X

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  9. Very interesting! I have cologne, deodorant, lotion, pens and my keys and name tag for work.

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  10. Our dresser usually has: a few pens in a holder, three matching candles and occasionally my earrings are laying around. Today I also did some dusting and this time around there was a jar of coconut oil, baby bath clothes, a brush, lotion and my earrings laying around.- Boy did I need to straighten up! ;) I really enjoyed this post.

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  11. I adore this peek into your life. I think it's so sweet and interesting to see the things that each one holds previous in their life at this moment in time. On my bedside table I have my Bible, about 40 books waiting to be read. Seriously. At least 40! A glass of water, hand lotion and Chapstick. My cell phone is always close by in case one of our children who each live in a different time zone from us and each other, needs us at any time.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  12. I don't have a dresser! I have an armoire to hold all my clothes, a bedside table that needs dusting too.. it has my BiPap machine, 2 jewelry boxes, a lamp and 2 little glass picture frames of my 2 boys.. my 3rd, for my daughter was broken.. I need a new one! I think I need to do some work in our bedroom.
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  13. Isn't it interesting how kids love to collect stuff. I honestly can't believe the number of little treasures I find stuffed into boxes! When I was at my son's school recently I opened up his desk tray and there, amongst the school books and stationery, was a collection of conkers, dried leaves and tiny twigs he'd found. It's quite touching really.

    On our dresser we all have a plant (really), hair things, sunglasses, and a few personal toys or trinkets. xxx

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  14. My dresser wouldn't give anything away both my husband and I tend to take jewelry off, empty pockets etc in the bathroom.

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  15. I have books on mine, and a clock and my watch when I take it off to go to bed. Mick empties his pockets out on to his so there's bits of loose change and pieces of paper with things he's jotted down. You can't actually see Eleanor's dresser for clutter, everything and anything gets shoved on there, in fact, I must remind her to have a clear up when she gets home tonight.

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  16. I have a collection of small, designer teddy bears, a beautiful wooden box hand painted for me by a special friend wherein I keep my few meagre pieces of 'jewellery'.

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  17. My mom taught us to create pretty displays on our dressers. My sisters and I were always so proud of what we arranged there. That has stayed with me, and I like to have special things on my dresser, china pieces and mementos that wouldn't look right in the "public" areas of our house. My daughter is a minimalist and keeps her dresser clear, won't even allow me to put a dresser scarf on it. My son has a range of things ... several jack knives, Tardis cookie jar (for secret treats!), artwork ... much more fun to peak at when I put things away in the drawers. I like that dressers say a little bit about the person. Your own private display space. Wendy x

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  18. I'm a total hoarder but have nothing (apart from my light) on my bedside table. This is only due to LittleR touching/grabbing anything! It used to have books, my handcream, my kinde, a notebook, my watch on it but everything is now shoved, ahem, put away nicely, in drawers...this is not such a good solution as she's now delving in drawers and cupboards!! I'll have to be leaving everything about my person soon :) BigR collects everything, every picture, stone, fallen leaf, sticker, note and dumps it (literally) on top of her bookshelves currently the only surface in the house LittleR can't reach (but she's working on it). I love this look into your life Jennifer xx

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  19. Ha ha - hilarious!! On my dresser I have a lamp, the alarm clock and some 4head. My husband's dresser is piled with books, brochures, his lamp, his watch when he takes it off, glass of water, little dish of coins, somtimes the odd small tool. I don't know how it all stays in place!

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  20. No dresser here - everythings stays in the bathroom, which I "try" to keep tidy... Emphasis on try ;-)))
    So funny to see the differences between your four dressers :-)))

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  21. It is interesting to think how we are all a little different in what we have on our dressers or bedside table! How what is important to us varies.
    My bedside table is either very tidy or very messy, depending on whether I have recently blitzed it! My dresser top I try to keep clear with just a flowering plant or small vase of flowers, shoving hairbrush, beauty products etc in the drawers underneath. It's easier to dust when its clear and it very quickly gets out of hand if I'm not disciplined!
    Gill xx

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  22. We don't have dressers and all our bits and pieces are everywhere.... it is not very nice. I love your photos, they show so much personality! Have a lovely rest of the week. x

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  23. Oh Jen, it made me leave the computer and go and take a look! I have jewellery box, mirror with big necklaces and pendants hanging. A little wooden box made by my grandad for my nan with here initials on it that I keep hair clips in, 2 wrapped birthday presents waiting for parties, my specs and dry shampoo spray - I love that stuff! I love your family bits along side each other.

    Thanks for your comment on my blog post about using up fabric. I loved that, it warmed my heart and makes me chuckle a little too that you think of me in such situations.... but since your asking... oven gloves and an apron all matching, that would be nice!!! xx

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  24. I am a neat freak, so my dressers don't have anything on top :) My husband empties out his pockets into a bowl on his dresser which I clean out everyday. I do have books by my side of the bed though, I am constantly reading!

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  25. That was really interesting! We actually don't have a dresser in our master bedroom - it's in my office. And that has books and plants on top of it. I have my grandma's secretary desk in our room and the top has a beautiful picture and a tray with some perfume, bracelets, and a small framed photo of Brian and I. Brian's nightstand has a large valet tray which holds his lip balm, TV remote, eyeglass cleaner, some spare change, etc.

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  26. What a lovely post, beautifully observed x

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  27. It is funny how we are all different isn't it! xx

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  28. I love this post. I have books, my ipad and a picture of my boys, a pot of lotion for my hands and my clock.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  29. Thanks fornthis interesting post. We use the topnof a chest of drawers as a 'dresser' in our bedroom. There's a hair brush, moisturizer, jewellery, etc. My husband has cookery books on his bedside table; I have craft magazines, prayer books and flowers on mine; Markie has little toys on hers. Lulu doesn't have her own table but she keeps her four favourite stuffed toys in her cot bed, no other toys are allowed in there! x

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  30. I love that what you have shown us kinda fits with how I imagine you all to be.

    My dresser has my perfume bottles, and generally a scattering of dangly earrings, and a little gathering of small bears that the kids have given me over the years. I don't wear a watch and brushes and the like are in the same drawer as my comestics. My bedside cabinet is where you'll find a pen or two, chapstick, handcream, and of course books. The mister uses his bedside cabinet as a dresser and that has his watch, a pad and pen, whatever he's reading, a clock and a small torch.

    Fun to read everyone's different answers.

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  31. Hmmm, an interesting question and post, Jennifer! Currently I do not have a dresser, but my bedside table has books, cards, tissues, a basket, hand cream, a craft project, coffee cup, teabag holder, plate, coasters, ceramic hot pad, magazines, carnations and my glasses. Goodness gracious!
    Time to tidy? xx

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  32. I think the bedside cabinets tell a similar tale in our house, although Miss K is the only one who wears a watch, and there's only one hairbrush in the whole house.....

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