I can’t stand making breakfast. There…I said it. I don’t mind making a nice breakfast on a weekend day, but during the week the kids are on their own. In addition to bagels and yogurt, cereal seems to be a popular choice. In a house of 10, we go through a lot of food and we shop at those warehouse clubs on a regular basis.
As you can see, the cereal situation has gotten out of control. I thought we were making progress with getting some Rubbermaid containers to store everything in. However, we’re running into a couple problems. First, the containers aren’t all the same (which totally bugs me not just because they don’t match but because they don’t fit well together). But the main problem is we simply have too many choices.
I made a joke to my dad the other day that maybe we need to minimalize (yes, made up word) the cereal situation. To which he replied, “Well the kids aren’t the ones buying it all.” Ouch! That means I can’t blame anybody else for that mess. He’s totally right though. If I wasn’t giving into requests for another flavor of cereal or getting sucked in by sales or wanting to try something new before we’ve used up what we already have, then the cereal situation wouldn’t be as bad as it is now.
What I Learned: Giving too many choices doesn’t really help anyone.
So, I’m narrowing down the choices of cereal to four at a time. That’s all that will comfortably fit on that shelf and that should be plenty of choices for even the pickiest crowd. A new selection isn’t allowed to move in until the previous cereal is finished. And those extra plastic containers are going bye-bye!
Coming on Friday: Organized Excess is the Cousin of Clutter