Melissa Schmalenberger, Published December 08 2013
Ms. Simplicity: Put the 'Elf on the Shelf' to good use this year
Mind you, I was the kid who was scared that a cat was going to come into my house and make a mess. Thank you, Dr. Seuss, for that memory.
But wait – Now there is an elf who will watch you at all times and see if you are being good? Just add it to the list of ways to traumatize your kids. If the kids do everything the elf wants them to do, the elf will take their Christmas list to Santa. Oh, but don’t touch the elf, for then he will lose his magic powers.
I know moms who love using the elf and moms who feel it is just another thing to add to their never-ending to-do list.
I am all for adventure and fun for your kids, but the moment it adds stress to your life you need to stop or change your action.
Finally I saw hope on the elf front. I saw a post from my friend, Amanda, that I could get behind. She had her elf write the kids a letter asking them to gather toys they don’t need or want in a box so that Santa can take them back to the North Pole with him. Yes, a great idea, and her kids loved it – and she did too.
But like all good things, moderation is the key. Start with the idea of corralling that clutter. We all know that with holidays comes well-meaning intentions of too many gifts. So by ridding the house of some of that ahead of time, you will be well ahead of the curve. I think if you can use this elf to get your house more organized before the holidays, it is a win in my book.
So what other constructive ideas could this elf come up with?
Try to recapture the reason that your family celebrates the season. Take the focus off of materialism and back on charity and generosity. Maybe I will buy an elf after all.
Do they make an elf for husbands? I have a garage that needs to be organized. Hmmm … I might be onto something here!
Ms. Simplicity, also known as Melissa Schmalenberger, operates her business as I Did it with MS. Simplicity. She is a Professional Organizer based out of Fargo. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.