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?