A Recalcitrant Wife and Mother Tells All

We just can’t CONTAIN our enthusiasm…

I took Mini-Me to The Container Store with me yesterday for the first time, and this is pretty much the look on her face the entire time we were there.

Can’t say as I blame her. That’s what I look like when I’m shopping there too. I guess life really is more FUN when you’re organized. Who knew? Unless FUN is one of those wacky professional organizer acronyms like PROCESS. Oh my God, what if FUN means “Frumpy Underachieving Neurotic.” That wouldn’t be good. I don’t think I want to be more of any of those.

Seriously though, that place is amazing. It makes me want to containerize my containers. Even the people who work there are fanatical. You know that crazy “Target Lady” on SNL (as played by the hilarious Kirsten Wiig)? Her twin sister was working the checkout.

Hand to God, the lady who rang up my goodies became partially apoplectic when the customer ahead of me returned a special organizer rack for hangers. HANGERS. She was all: “Oh my GOSH, you’re returning THIS? BUT WHY?!!! I LOVE THIS!” It was kind of cute, actually. I truly enjoy seeing anyone enjoy their job that much. That kind of enthusiasm is just contagious, isn’t it?

By the way, I have an organizer for hangers too… it’s called a closet rod. I guess I’m not as into organizing as I thought I was.

Wishing you abundant enthusiasm and joy, today and everyday!


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  1. allysgrandma

    I will have to watch the video later. Just trying to pick up the house a bit while Ally watches Little Bear. Why didn’t they have these great TV shows when my kids were preschoolers. All we had was Sesame Street. I am shoving paperwork and swiffering as fast as I can.

  2. mamamash

    There’s a store…for containers? No one told me this because?!

    Must. Containerize.

  3. Megan

    I HAVE a container store in my garage. Get more junk, get more containers! My problem seems to lie in the I never put things in them. I just buy them.

  4. Deanne

    I.NEED.THAT.ORGANIZER!!! Hehe – not really. They do have those at the thrift store where I like to shop though. But honestly, if I were to need something like that, I am guessing that I could come up with a workable solution for less than $30.00 though. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love everything I have ever read about or seen in pictures from the Container Store, but that product? Yeah, not so sure about it.

  5. Rebekah

    I think the organizer for hangers is HILARIOUS. $29.99?? Um, maybe one has too many hangers if one has to buy an organizer for them? I guess it is an endless loop of sorts – more clothes = need more hangers, more hangers = need more clothes … very tough to synchronize them EXACTLY. If that’s not a first world problem, I don’t know what is.

  6. Sue

    Ok…. I am soooooo jealous….. the closest Container Store is over 250 miles away…. forget about an IKEA store, that’s even further….. …. what’s a girl to do? …. I guess I’ll just have to live precariously through you & Mini-Me…. And I do have one of those hanger-holder thingy’s that I bought for $2 at Big Lots….. it sits on top of my organized washer & dryer along with labeled, stacking laundry baskets for each of us (4)… Loved the SNL clip….

    PS to Mini-Me…. My mouth would be hangin’ open too!!!

  7. Martha (MM)

    Mini-Me really does look just like you! I love container stores too 🙂

  8. Anne

    I’m just thankful we don’t have The Container Store here in Australia. I’d be buying things to organise my things just for the hell of it. An organiser for hangers? Yeah, I just organise mine on my cupboard rod too!

  9. Heather

    My husband said the other day “Oh! I see you’ve purchased a container for the K-cups… do you think making clutter look pretty makes the clutter GO AWAY?” Um, is that rhetorical?!?!? Also, my mom (who would never [NEVER] containerize over tossing in the garbage) works at Target and I’m fairly certain that skit was based on her. When I asked if she’d seen it she said “Yeah… I don’t really get it”… Well, of course you don’t, but you call me every 5 seconds to ask if you should by the leftover Valentine’s Day shirts for the kids because they are marked down to $0.25 each… WHY are you asking?? If they are only $0.25 just buy the damn things!!!

  10. Jessica Pierce

    Am now going to have to say, “It’s a match!” whenever a clerk asks to see my license.

  11. allysgrandma

    I was holding Ally for her nap today…indulgent grandmother that I am…..watching Hoarders Buried Alive on the DVR….trying not to see the similarities between the sad 50-something year old with the 6-year old and myself…….when I glanced up at the closet where my DH’s gun safe takes up half of the available space, but there was a ton of empty hangers in there…the man cave is also the TV and treadmill room…..and now that I took the time to actually click on the link, I think the hanger thingee if fabulous….but I am way too cheap.

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