This month’s Old School Blogging meme is being hosted by Sluiter Nation and The Miss Elaine-ous Life. They are asking for photos of our refrigerators and I thought that was so cool. I am pretty sure what we choose to have stick says a lot about who we are… whether we like it or not!
I have to take full credit/blame for mine. I am weirdly territorial when it comes to what gets added to the side and the top door, while the children are welcome to post whatever they like to the bottom.
You can say that it is pretty much chaos. We have items on here that haven’t been moved since we moved in as you can see by the lonely alphabet magnets and preschool heart projects. I wanted to point out a few of the items.
- This is a magnet from my awe-inspiring cousin Wendy. She is an artist like no other I’ve had the honor to know. From painting fantastic wall murals in children’s bedrooms to needle-felting to henna, she creates beauty in everything she does.
- One of our newest additions, this magnet is from our family vacation to Cherokee, North Carolina -Summer 2012.
- One of the last sticky notes from my Post-It spree around our home. The children and I came up with rules and uplifting words to add to the doors, walls and mirrors. This one says Choose Healthy. You might be able to make out on the cabinet on the left where one says Be Love.
- This was a chore chart that I picked up at Target and never really utilized properly. Now that we have our Family Command Center With Chore Charts, I took a tip from a friend and re-purposed it. I’ll save that for another post though.
- This is the business card to my dentist who is kind enough to deal with my very real phobia of dentists that began at 12 after one hurt me and then yelled at me to the point of fear. Dr. Sevel is willing to put up with the fact that I can’t even come for a basic cleaning without being on enough anti-anxiety pills to require someone to drive me.
- Most of the children’s artwork goes up on the cabinets. They each are assigned a few doors for anything we want hung. My younger son insisted that his portrait of me needed to be on the fridge though.
- Further proof that once it goes on the fridge, it rarely comes off. My daughter has never been able to get into any of the Disney Princesses. This magnet was attached when we first moved in and it hasn’t been touched since.
I wanted to especially highlight a couple of meaningful pieces:
As you can see, the fridge front is our memory keeper. The side of the fridge appropriately shows another side of me though: Procrastination.
I have a bad habit of treating organization like it is a hobby I can leave and come back to as the mood strikes me. That means, just like all the jewelry making, scrapbooking and stamping supplies that I have collected over the years, I also buy a lot of things that I think will inspire me to organize. They sit ignored to collect dust in competition against the other hobbies.
The last bit to share is about the magnet of the woman. There was a period of time when I took entering into contests very seriously, almost like a part-time job. This magnet was my very first win. Over those 18 months (well over a decade ago), I won a computer from Apple, a mountain bike, various gift certificates, books and a remote control car. I keep that magnet as a reminder that anything is possible.
What does your fridge say about you?