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Young House Love
September 4, 2013
2:03 pm
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TeamAwesome
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Meows: 22
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September 6, 2012

I really like the paint color in their bedroom, even if I'm annoyed that it's so similar to the color they used in H2. I would have killed to see them paint it actual navy or a more saturated dark blue (though that's selfishly because I'm about to paint a room navy and I will have the 6-drawer version of the WE dresser in there). 

 

I agree, though, the WE dresser has no business being in there if they're going to do built-ins around the bed. It's too small to go on the wall facing the bed. And don't they have good closet space in there? It's not like they need 10 dressers for storage. It does look good with the paint color, though.

 

You know what would be amazing? If they got a beautiful Persian rug or something totally different from all of their bold, graphic rugs or their natural fiber ones. Or if that would be too traditional for them, something off the wall with actual personality, like so:

 

I like the idea of mismatched side tables but I don't think there's a way to do it with the WE dresser. It already combines a couple of different styles in one piece (modern lines, rustic natural wood, graphic tiles) so it would be hard to find a similar piece that complimented it without clashing. What I love is pairing two similar-style pieces that mimic one another but don't match perfectly. I'm sure Ozzie's bedroom is polarizing but I love the two desks and chairs:

 

 

Anyhoo. I give them a B on the color choice because it's good but not interesting, but they really need to do some thinking on what the hell else they wants to have in that room. The WE dresser needs to move to another space. Maybe the foyer, and get rid of the Target box/garden stool "vignette" she has there?

September 4, 2013
2:36 pm
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retail detritus
Senior Hamcat
Meows: 662
Snarking Since:
June 26, 2012

theretheyretheir said
This reminds me of a post from http://iheartorganizing.blogspot.com/. Except Jen would have painted the inside, covered the shelves in interesting paper, made pretty labels and included a free printable organization list. In short, she would have done a better job. 

 

My kid is only 18 months old, but it seems like a lot to expect Clara to only check one toy our at a time and understand the whole library concept. Are the Petersiks playing toy gestapo, or am I too permissive?

18 months is too early, but three isn't. This is totally a Montessori concept of rotating toys and limiting the number of them. My kid is 2.5 an couldn't really have understood this until the last month or so, and we only do in large categories of toys. So pick up the trains and we'll use crayons/markers or put way the cars and we'll cook. He's just beginning to do any degree of independent play that lasts for more than a few minutes, but limiting the choices of toys is extending that.

 

I actually think they've done a good job with this, just because kids don't quite get the concept yet doesn't mean we don't continue to use it. I do wish they'd credited some research on this, they didn't invent the concept, a billion bloggers have done this, and Montessori theory can be controversial. Could have been a really interesting life style post.

September 4, 2013
3:07 pm
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WheresMyCoffee
Hamprince of Meowtonia
Meows: 6635
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December 4, 2012

Im sure they do the "toy checking out" with her and explain it to her, why they are doing it etc…. I think its a good idea. Its something Id like to do with my son, like they mentioned in the post, it keeps from just plowing through all your toys and having a big mess.

 

Todays post wasn't perfect, sure they could have done more, but I still think its a step in the right direction and as I said upthread, its the first time Ive felt inspired by them in a LONG LONG time.

September 4, 2013
4:03 pm
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homeslice
Feline Porklord
Meows: 1116
Snarking Since:
September 6, 2012

So what, big deal, they rotate toys???  Like that hasn't been done before.

Checking out toys?…totally dumb…would not work in my house, because I don't have a house husband to help me out during the day with, like, everything;)

I have 2 kids under 4 and they can play with any darn thing they want, as long as they leave mommy enough time to do things like wash, cook, clean and check out GOMI;)

I'm also able to keep things pretty organized and teach my kids about being responsible for their stuff and putting it away.

Another post about the Practically Perfect Petersiks…gag.

September 4, 2013
4:12 pm
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blogaddictto
Expert Hamcat
Meows: 216
Snarking Since:
January 28, 2013

retail detritus said

theretheyretheir said
This reminds me of a post from http://iheartorganizing.blogspot.com/. Except Jen would have painted the inside, covered the shelves in interesting paper, made pretty labels and included a free printable organization list. In short, she would have done a better job. 

My kid is only 18 months old, but it seems like a lot to expect Clara to only check one toy our at a time and understand the whole library concept. Are the Petersiks playing toy gestapo, or am I too permissive?

18 months is too early, but three isn't. This is totally a Montessori concept of rotating toys and limiting the number of them. My kid is 2.5 an couldn't really have understood this until the last month or so, and we only do in large categories of toys. So pick up the trains and we'll use crayons/markers or put way the cars and we'll cook. He's just beginning to do any degree of independent play that lasts for more than a few minutes, but limiting the choices of toys is extending that.

I actually think they've done a good job with this, just because kids don't quite get the concept yet doesn't mean we don't continue to use it. I do wish they'd credited some research on this, they didn't invent the concept, a billion bloggers have done this, and Montessori theory can be controversial. Could have been a really interesting life style post.

 


This.  I think this is it.  J&S are smart in a way – they always play it so middle of the road so as not to offend – or not even that they are worried about offending but I think it's more likely that they instead want to appeal to the most number of readers – all for the pageview$.  Heaven forbid they just say "hey we love the philosophy of Montessori and are using it with Clara because of XYZ". That might turn someone off and they'd lose a pageview/$$$.

 

Someone said it up thread – own your shit.  Like we do X because of Y and just own it.

 

I get it – their whole livelihood is wrapped up in the blog and they don't want to be a lightening rod but it's just all so boring now.  I'd rather they have any kind of personality than no personality at all (and Sherdog's faux hip/urban speak does not count).

September 4, 2013
4:58 pm
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avex
Senior Hamcat
Meows: 557
Snarking Since:
February 8, 2013

blogaddictto said

retail detritus said

theretheyretheir said
This reminds me of a post from http://iheartorganizing.blogspot.com/. Except Jen would have painted the inside, covered the shelves in interesting paper, made pretty labels and included a free printable organization list. In short, she would have done a better job. 

My kid is only 18 months old, but it seems like a lot to expect Clara to only check one toy our at a time and understand the whole library concept. Are the Petersiks playing toy gestapo, or am I too permissive?

18 months is too early, but three isn't. This is totally a Montessori concept of rotating toys and limiting the number of them. My kid is 2.5 an couldn't really have understood this until the last month or so, and we only do in large categories of toys. So pick up the trains and we'll use crayons/markers or put way the cars and we'll cook. He's just beginning to do any degree of independent play that lasts for more than a few minutes, but limiting the choices of toys is extending that.

I actually think they've done a good job with this, just because kids don't quite get the concept yet doesn't mean we don't continue to use it. I do wish they'd credited some research on this, they didn't invent the concept, a billion bloggers have done this, and Montessori theory can be controversial. Could have been a really interesting life style post.

 


This.  I think this is it.  J&S are smart in a way – they always play it so middle of the road so as not to offend – or not even that they are worried about offending but I think it's more likely that they instead want to appeal to the most number of readers – all for the pageview$.  Heaven forbid they just say "hey we love the philosophy of Montessori and are using it with Clara because of XYZ". That might turn someone off and they'd lose a pageview/$$$.

 

Someone said it up thread – own your shit.  Like we do X because of Y and just own it.

 

I get it – their whole livelihood is wrapped up in the blog and they don't want to be a lightening rod but it's just all so boring now.  I'd rather they have any kind of personality than no personality at all (and Sherdog's faux hip/urban speak does not count).

Just because it's a Montessori thing doesn't mean that's why they're doing it. The concept of a toy cupboard is hardly revolutionary, it's possible they came across the idea and ran with it without subscribing to a particular parenting philosophy.

September 4, 2013
5:00 pm
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Dr Phils Martini
Feline Porklord
Meows: 1757
Snarking Since:
October 25, 2012

I understand there's another closet in the foyer, but I'm just so mad about this. It's not their fault I'm mad about this, but I need to bitch about it anyway. My house has ZERO closets on the first floor, and no where to put them even if they could be installed. I would literally die for a space half the size of that closet to put coats. Why not leave that for coats, and use the other one to house random toys and vacuums, etc.

Also, do they want guests to come through the door and trip all over Clara's toys on the foyer floor? The girl has her own bedroom, and has lots of toys in the office, will probably have a "play room" again (?) or could have used that "useless" sunroom as a play area.

What is with kids shit taking up the whole house? 

September 4, 2013
5:20 pm
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nora charles
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Meows: 20
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August 16, 2013

I agree it was a missed opportunity. Like previous poster said, Iheartorganizing would have done it better. Made a printable. Made the inside cute and functional and then I would have felt more inspired to use her printable and make my toy closet "cute/pretty".

September 4, 2013
5:39 pm
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Milky Tea
Hamcat
Meows: 77
Snarking Since:
July 29, 2013

nora charles said
I agree it was a missed opportunity. Like previous poster said, Iheartorganizing would have done it better. Made a printable. Made the inside cute and functional and then I would have felt more inspired to use her printable and make my toy closet "cute/pretty".

I love Jen at iheartorganizing. She makes me want to buy pretty paper and a labeler and color coordinate everything I own. If she did a toy closet, I would probably want one of my own! This closet was nothing inspirational.

September 4, 2013
6:08 pm
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bitter
Senior Hamcat
Meows: 691
Snarking Since:
December 10, 2012

Eh I will be the lone voice of dissent and say I think people that invest time in pretty labels need a hobby and likely have underlying mental health issues. I like label makers as much as the next person but I think downloading special fonts and color coding fancy labels is just cray. I can't imagine doing that for anything that goes in a closet. Maybe jars that sit on my counter or elsewhere in plain view but that's where I draw the line.

Pinterest would have you believe people couldn't function before pretty labels. I especially love when I see clear containers with easily recognizeable contents that are labeled (such as tea bags, cotton balls, q tips, buttons, Etc. I can only imagine someone trying to identify the contents of my linen closet would curiously look at my jar of q tips pondering them and asking "what are these" "what do I do with them" "if only they had a label I would be able to identify their use!"

September 4, 2013
6:22 pm
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WheresMyCoffee
Hamprince of Meowtonia
Meows: 6635
Snarking Since:
December 4, 2012

bitter said
Eh I will be the lone voice of dissent and say I think people that invest time in pretty labels need a hobby and likely have underlying mental health issues. I like label makers as much as the next person but I think downloading special fonts and color coding fancy labels is just cray. I can't imagine doing that for anything that goes in a closet. Maybe jars that sit on my counter or elsewhere in plain view but that's where I draw the line.

Pinterest would have you believe people couldn't function before pretty labels. I especially love when I see clear containers with easily recognizeable contents that are labeled (such as tea bags, cotton balls, q tips, buttons, Etc. I can only imagine someone trying to identify the contents of my linen closet would curiously look at my jar of q tips pondering them and asking "what are these" "what do I do with them" "if only they had a label I would be able to identify their use!"

 

I agree., Its in a closet and she has nice handwriting, who cares?

I looove my label maker and love to label things, but I would never download fancy fonts or PAY for fancy fonts. Im also not one to label something when it is clearly evident what it is. I'll probably label my sons toys soon, when he can read or maybe add a picture. Just so clean up time is easier.

I also don't think "checking out toys" needs a house husband or a stay at home parent for that matter, its pretty simple of a concept and is basically just a further step of cleaning up after yourself. It teaches responsibility and you actually enjoy one toy instead of just tossing it in a pile of the 80 other toys you've played with that day.

 

ETA: This isn't directed at one persons response, I just don't understand why every little thing they do has to be snarked to death. Todays post wasn't spectacular but it was certainly a step in the right direction for them. Better than tampon tea bags, anyway. Of course everyone will do things differently and everyone parents different/organizes differently, and I don't think the Petersiks were claiming to have invented the idea. OMG AM I WK'ing?

September 4, 2013
6:52 pm
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Tampon Tea Bags
Cat
Meows: 16
Snarking Since:
February 19, 2013

WheresMyCoffee said

bitter said
Eh I will be the lone voice of dissent and say I think people that invest time in pretty labels need a hobby and likely have underlying mental health issues. I like label makers as much as the next person but I think downloading special fonts and color coding fancy labels is just cray. I can't imagine doing that for anything that goes in a closet. Maybe jars that sit on my counter or elsewhere in plain view but that's where I draw the line.

Pinterest would have you believe people couldn't function before pretty labels. I especially love when I see clear containers with easily recognizeable contents that are labeled (such as tea bags, cotton balls, q tips, buttons, Etc. I can only imagine someone trying to identify the contents of my linen closet would curiously look at my jar of q tips pondering them and asking "what are these" "what do I do with them" "if only they had a label I would be able to identify their use!"

I agree., Its in a closet and she has nice handwriting, who cares?

I looove my label maker and love to label things, but I would never download fancy fonts or PAY for fancy fonts. Im also not one to label something when it is clearly evident what it is. I'll probably label my sons toys soon, when he can read or maybe add a picture. Just so clean up time is easier.

I also don't think "checking out toys" needs a house husband or a stay at home parent for that matter, its pretty simple of a concept and is basically just a further step of cleaning up after yourself. It teaches responsibility and you actually enjoy one toy instead of just tossing it in a pile of the 80 other toys you've played with that day.

ETA: This isn't directed at one persons response, I just don't understand why every little thing they do has to be snarked to death. Todays post wasn't spectacular but it was certainly a step in the right direction for them. Better than tampon tea bags, anyway. Of course everyone will do things differently and everyone parents different/organizes differently, and I don't think the Petersiks were claiming to have invented the idea. OMG AM I WK'ing?

That's not very nice cry

September 4, 2013
7:08 pm
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WheresMyCoffee
Hamprince of Meowtonia
Meows: 6635
Snarking Since:
December 4, 2012

Tampon Tea Bags said

WheresMyCoffee said

bitter said
Eh I will be the lone voice of dissent and say I think people that invest time in pretty labels need a hobby and likely have underlying mental health issues. I like label makers as much as the next person but I think downloading special fonts and color coding fancy labels is just cray. I can't imagine doing that for anything that goes in a closet. Maybe jars that sit on my counter or elsewhere in plain view but that's where I draw the line.

Pinterest would have you believe people couldn't function before pretty labels. I especially love when I see clear containers with easily recognizeable contents that are labeled (such as tea bags, cotton balls, q tips, buttons, Etc. I can only imagine someone trying to identify the contents of my linen closet would curiously look at my jar of q tips pondering them and asking "what are these" "what do I do with them" "if only they had a label I would be able to identify their use!"

I agree., Its in a closet and she has nice handwriting, who cares?

I looove my label maker and love to label things, but I would never download fancy fonts or PAY for fancy fonts. Im also not one to label something when it is clearly evident what it is. I'll probably label my sons toys soon, when he can read or maybe add a picture. Just so clean up time is easier.

I also don't think "checking out toys" needs a house husband or a stay at home parent for that matter, its pretty simple of a concept and is basically just a further step of cleaning up after yourself. It teaches responsibility and you actually enjoy one toy instead of just tossing it in a pile of the 80 other toys you've played with that day.

ETA: This isn't directed at one persons response, I just don't understand why every little thing they do has to be snarked to death. Todays post wasn't spectacular but it was certainly a step in the right direction for them. Better than tampon tea bags, anyway. Of course everyone will do things differently and everyone parents different/organizes differently, and I don't think the Petersiks were claiming to have invented the idea. OMG AM I WK'ing?

That's not very nice cry

 

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