Tuesday, March 13, 2012


Okay, let's talk about hair.

With 7 girls in this house and with 5 of those girls having loads of thick, beautiful, unruly hair, you might guess that we have lots of clips, ponytail holders, headbands and the like in our bathroom.

Actually, we used to.

More accurately, we sometimes do.

But they disappear.

I cannot tell you how many times I have bought several packages of hair goodies on paydays.  Ponytail holders.  Claw clips of every size and color.  Barrettes.  Headbands. Flower clips.  Jeweled barrettes.  Plain combs.  You name it, I've bought it.  Multiple times.

And they've ALL disappeared.  I'm not exaggerating here folks.  It doesn't matter if there are 10 or 20 or even 50 of the squirrely little hair beauties, they've ALL, each and every one of them, DISAPPEARED!

No matter the method of storage, each and every clip and barrette and ponytail holder has gotten lost, never to be found again.  I'm constantly, constantly searching for things to hold my girls' hair! I'm constantly admonishing them and warning them and watching them and telling them to put them back when they're done with them or when they take them out of their hair at night, to no avail!

I've tried the ribbons mounted on the wall of the bathroom.  I've tried the bulletin board method.  I've tried the divided drawer organizer.  I've tried boxes.  I've tried baskets.....I think you get the picture.  I've even tried hiding the hair accessories, which I don't like to do because the girls like to do each other's hair and I want them to be able to find the things easily.  And besides, I don't want to be the Mean Mama whose children are not allowed to do anything or touch anything or have anything.....at least, that's how I feel when I hide things from them.

I'm at my wit's end, people.

I've spent so much money in the past years on things to decorate and hold back hair! I also like to use things to beautify and hold back my own hair, but they're never there when I need them and whenever I ask the girls where they are, they always say "I don't know."

I'm not sure what to do about this mystifying problem.

I love tidy hair.  I love sleek and orderly hair.  And in my family, with all of this hair, if I don't take care of it, it's anything BUT orderly and sleek.  Most of the girls can do their own hair.  But they are ALWAYS losing the hair things!! And a girl can't have orderly, nice looking hair without the proper hair accessories.

This is just a glimpse of a portion of life with 7 girls under one roof all the time, every day, day in and day out.

If I was rich, I'd have a whole CLOSET full of hair accessories. 

And then I'd never have to worry about not having the right accessory at the right time.



Duckygirl said...

I'm not sure if this would work for your girls....but I know for us simplifications is key. If we have fifty of something I think it registers in their brains as 'disposable' and they just do NOT keep track of it. If they only have two little clips or hairbands they treasure them much more and are much less likely to lose them. I apply this same philosophy to pacifiers, brushes, etc.
Also, congrats on your business venture!!


Susan said...

So thankful to hear that tis is going on in your house also. I have 6 girls and we can never find the hair stuff. I just thought I had unruly kids never put stuff away.