I swear I'm not a hoarder. I'm really not!
But, between the items I receive at blogging conferences (swag), the clothing that Angeline grows out at a rapid pace and all of the items we order online through Amazon Prime, my family room always looks like an episode of Hoarders!
I wish that I could say that my daughter was the messiest person in our house - she is a teenager, after all - but that wouldn't be fair. Sure, her room is a royal pig sty (what teenager's room isn't a hot mess?), but she is pretty good about keeping her mess contained to her own personal space.
And my husband? He travels so much for work that he isn't really home to make a mess!
Yep, it's all me.
But my house isn't always like this! It builds up a bit, and then every few months, I grab a Glad Black Bag and fill it up and call the VVA (the Vietnam Veterans Association charity) to come pick it up. They collect household items to resell to thrift shops and use the funds to benefit local Vietnam Veterans. I tell you, with the mish-mash of stuff that ends up in those bags, only Glad Black Bags actually do the trick, because they don't tear like other bags do!
All of that stuff fit nicely into two Glad Black Bags! Now I just have to wait for the VVA to come get them!
Cleaning up big messes is not an uncommon occurrence at our house; with all of the parties we throw, by the time Christmas morning rolls around, I have become a pro at cleaning up the mess!
With 5 kids in the family running around, ripping open gifts and throwing wrapping paper and ribbons in the air, it can get kind of wild and crazy! My mom and I have devised a system that works pretty well at preventing the house from becoming a complete disaster on Christmas morning: we have a large Glad Black Bag in the living room, and as the kids begin opening gifts, we begin throwing wrapping paper, ribbons and boxes directly into the Glad Black Bag. Once the kids begin taking all of their new toys out of the boxes and dismantling them, we just keep throwing all of those cardboard inserts and spare pieces right in that bag.
Once the opening of gifts is over, someone takes the Glad Black Bag outside and all that is left over are a mountain of toys, new clothes, etc!
My favorite thing about Glad Black Bags is that they don't tear! No matter what kind of boxes or cardboard we throw in them, they don't tear - even all of those weird plastic pieces don't scratch through the bags!
Does your house get a little wild and need Glad Black Bags? You should check out the After The Wild Life Facebook tab on the Glad Facebook page! Like the page and play the Missing in the Mess game as well, it's a lot of fun!
I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Glad. I received products to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item as a thank-you for participating.