We’re often told we’re too materialistic, too worried about acquiring ‘stuff’. We’re encouraged to look for happiness in the small things and to realise that money can’t buy you love. Well yes, that’s true but goodness some stuff can really make life easier, particularly when you’re a mum. I can hold my hands up and admit there are some things I’d really be lost without. The ones that spring to mind immediately are:
1 – Baby wipes – One of the big parent blogger conferences was slated for putting baby wipes in their goody bag. All I could think was ‘I’ll have yours if you don’t want them’. We get through mountains of them even now neither of my boys are really ‘babies’ anymore. They are stashed in pretty much every room at home and we have emergency supplies in both cars, at the in-laws, in my bag and in T’s nursery bag. I once asked my mum how she managed before baby wipes and she looked at me as if I was crazy and said ‘we just had cloths, love’. WHAT!?!? Think of all the extra washing, what a nightmare!
2 – Sky+ box – Gone are the days when I had to decide between going to the pub and watching the West Wing, I no longer have to try and fit making dinner into the ad breaks so I didn’t miss a crucial plot twist in 24 and I’m never faced by that horrible situation of looking forward to a quiet night in front of the TV only to be face with 3 channels of sport and an OU maths tutorial. I may be propping up the evil Murdoch empire but Sky+, I love you anyway.
3 – Dishwasher – I saw this quote on an old school friend’s blog this morning so I guess washing up can be of value but I am not convinced, particularly as the boys always wait until I have wet soapy hands to decide they need a snack/help with homework/their bottom wiping etc and somehow I always end up soaked. It’s dishwasher all the way for me.
4 – Our Gro Clock – We’re lucky that the boys are quite good sleepers, rarely waking in the night, but they do wake up much earlier than I’d like. Now I’m a girl who like her sleep so we invested in a Gro-Clock, one of those clever clocks that counts down to a set time and then lights up to let the boys know it’s ok to get up. It doesn’t actually keep them asleep, obviously, but now when they do wake up they know to read a book and chat to each other quietly until the ‘sun’ comes up affording us that all important extra half an hour before they descend on our bed. Brilliant!
5 – Tumble dryer – I know, I know, I’m single-handedly destroying the environment but given that 2 little boys produce A LOT of washing and that we have had pretty much permanent rain since E was born 5 years ago without my trusty tumble dryer my little house would look like a far east street scene with flapping clothes hung across every square inch, constantly garroting my 6’3” husband. It’s a health and safety issue, surely?
I hope I’m not the only one who is so beholden to my material possessions. Go on, make me feel better, what are your must have items?
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