Today I put together this shelving unit, complete with boxes, completely on my own and with two year old and baby in tow.
Needless to say, this involved utilising multiple skills, from analysing the instructions which seemed to involve a cartoon drawing of a bald man generally pointing at some box shapes with a question mark above his head, to having a great deal of patience.
Some choice phrases from two year old daughter, as I was juggling dowels, screws and allen keys: “Can I stand on it, Mummy?”, “Can I bounce on it?”, “Can I lean on it, then?”.
Baby was very well behaved in her bouncy chair until she got bored, and I tied a knot in the bag of screws which proved to be an impromptu handy toy (another skill – think on your feet!).
This unit will be a life saver to the new ‘clutter free’ me, however. All those ‘bits and bobs’ that accumulate with children – baby books, teddies, random pieces from sets of toys which never quite stay together, hair bands, clips….can now all be neatly tidied away! With the added advantage that elder daughter already thinks this is the best idea since yoghurt squash ‘ums, and has already tidied away all her beanie toys.