Wednesday, August 27, 2008

I Have No Shame...


Lovely, no?


We have 5 people in our family and 5,000 toothbrushes.



And a smorgasbord of toothpastes.



I'm going to blame this mess on the flood. Many wonderful companies wanted to make sure that all the flood victims of tiny-town had clean sparkling teeth (and hair.)




I'm sure they meant for us to spread-out the use of the toothbrushes. But not in our home...nope. In our home, it meant tear open every single one and use it at least once and then forget which one you used.



Just thought you should know.




Your turn. Spill it. Are you lieing neat and clean in the family toothbrush department? Or does yours look like mine...minus the 5,000 toothbrushes?

It's important people...I need to know.



*Dear Ben, Happy 33rd Birthday! I love you. I promise I will make buy you a cake and I won't even eat all of it...AND I won't get you a toothbrush for your present...promise :) *

30 comments:

  1. Well, I have to confess. Our family (the kids) used to be just like that...

    UNTIL...

    We bought them "power toothbrushes" (as they like to call them. I went cheap and got the Crest Spin-Brushes that are only like $8.00.

    I know you're probably thining "$8 for a toothbrush that you can't change the bristles on???"

    But my kids were always "losing" their toothbrushes...or "forgetting who's was who's", so I think this is a much wiser investment for my fam!

    Happy Brushing!!!

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  2. Yeah. My kids have been known to often forget whose toothbrush they were using. I comfort myself at these times, when I see them smile with my toothbrush in their mouth, that we are all probably swapping germs anyway....and the dollar tree is nearby. Just keep the basket of brushes seperate from the grout scrubbing old ones. That goes without saying huh? lol

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  3. I can't remember if I told you this or not!!! I'm know I was going to....anyways....I joined twitter- quite confusing. I'm catching on. I know you were a little confused for a while. I need a tutorial!
    Happy Wednesday.
    HHH

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  4. ummm..I have toothbrush issues... I am so grossed out by those that do not rinse them when they are done. I am the only one in my house that does this, regularly (although, the boys are learning)... but I also have my own bathroom and thus do not have to look at their nasty toothbrushes.
    I also just get them new ones frequently.....right now, I went and checked.... they have 8 toothbrushes in their cabinet...then I had to clean the bathroom cause it was so disgusting...then come back and finish this comment! Thanks to you... their bathroom is cleaner! But not exactly clean....

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  5. I hide mine. The rest are a free for all. Like you, a basket of millions of toothbrushes and they use which ever one they grab. Eh, oh well. It;s all the same family germs right?

    Also, toothpaste everywhere.

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  6. Same boat here! We all have our own little baskets tucked away in drawers. Ethan has two in his basket, Owen 4 and Emily 6 or 7 (she carries them around the house and drops them. I open her a new one and find the old one later). They each have their own toothpaste because Owen likes striped, Ethan likes blue, and Emily likes bubblegum. The tubes are all gooey and Owen's lid doesn't even screw on anymore it's so nasty.

    I sometimes wash them all in the dishwasher along with their plastic baskets when they get gross enough.

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  7. They know which one is mine - not to be used! And dad sticks his on the ledge of the counter so it also does not get touched. Then I second heth - free for all. They are all in a drawer in the bathroom, though. Toothpastes scattered in there too. NOT TO BE MIXED WITH THE HAIR DRAWER! Uck.

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  8. Love it! We use both power and manual toothbrushes. We do have a toothbrush/paste drawer that does get messy. No pics to post though.

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  9. Is that basket Longaberger? I used to sell them! We are in the same boat with the toothbrushes. We hide them, but for some reason no one remembers which toothbrush is theirs, even though I buy them by color. Eww, gross I know. I think that's why we go through so many. Maybe we could label them? The toothpastes look so yummy!

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  10. Hey Sarah, check it out. I just found two more of Emily's toothbrushes in the silverware drawer.

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  11. Each person has their own toothpaste at our house. I know it's sad that the kids can't share well, but it has saved lots of bickering about who squeezes the tube correctly and who leaves the cap off and who leaves a glob of paste on the tube.

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  12. We spread our mess over three bathrooms. Each bathroom gets one toothpaste but we use the no-mess kind. Much easier on mom. Now if they could just learn to rise the spit, now that would be awesome!

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  13. Our boys' bathroom is just gross. There's always toothpaste all over the sink and counter. My fussing has done nothing to improve. They have two almost empty drawers that they never use. But I guess I can chalk it up to them being boys. Believe me yours looks good.

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  14. Our toothbrushes are in the medicine cabinet. There was a news report that said that when the toilet gets flushed millions or billions of germs get sprayed out. Keep the lid down right? I just can't take the chance that everyone does it everytime. Toothpaste is in the medicine cabinet too.

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  15. Mine look like that, too. I have put them away now since I saw a report that said germs and bacteria in the bathroom (from the toilet) can spread onto things left out in the same room. I don't know if that's true or not, but it was enough to get my attention :)

    Kelli

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  16. Holy Cats, I have just the opposite problem. It seems like we're always running out of toothpaste. Of course, I know where the kids' toothpaste is going. On the walls, in the sink, on the floor. A precious bit of it goes into their mouths twice a week. Toothbrushes seem to have the same fate, at least in the kids' department. The Manimal has now dropped TWO of his big brother's toothbrushes down the drain, rendering them (even to an 8 year old boy) too disgusting to use.

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  17. I'm crazy over my toothbrush. I cannot stand for it to touch any other toothbrush!(it's in my bathroom all by itself) The kids are a mess and I freak out all the time but they don't care and I try not to let it worry me too much. I hate germs! The girls claim that they have no germs and get upset because I will not let them drink after me (cause I don't want to drink after them) ~ they say ~ but I'm your daughter ~ And I love 'em to pieces they just better stay away from my toothbrush and my coke!

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  18. Don't feel too bad, I just bought a 10-pack of toothbrushes at Sam's and there's only 3 of us. At this rate we won't need to buy another toothbrush until 2012.

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  19. Five toothbrushes, Three toothpastes, Two Crest Flossers.

    Man, that's a lot of stuff to clean teeth!

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  20. Thanks for the little heads up on the "crossing out a word thing".

    I have always wondered how to do it but was too lazy to research it myself!!

    I even used it this morning in my post.

    Now I am as cool as you!

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  21. We have ours in a cup on a shelf above the toilet, which I don't like to think about too often b/c I know a million germs fly into the room when you flush...

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  22. my kid supply does look just like that. we have a toothbrush thief... our 2 year old. he has an obsession and is always stealing his brother's toothbrushes, they go missing, i open a new one, we find their former toothbrush in some obscure place... and now our bathroom counter has become a place to display our toothbrush collection.

    you're my favorite new blog! glad to have someone new to read.

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  23. First of all... do you really keep your toothbrushes in a Longaberger basket, or is that just for the picture? My girls keep their toothbrushes in cute little clear jars in the upstairs bathroom. The problem is my husband broke one the other night... so we need to do something there. But they somehow manage to get blue toothpaste all over the bathroom. It very frustrating, because toothpaste is not an easy thing to clean up. But, normally I just ignore it since the only time I use that bathroom is a quick potty break in the middle of the night.

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  24. Chrysanthemama and Shane: Yep, its Longenberger (old one with a plastic liner) and yes it's where we really keep the toothbrushes and yes its totally encrusted with toothpaste :)

    I'm not really a basket person so I stuck toothbrushes in mine :)

    Did I mention I have ONLY ONE BATHROOM and THREE BOYS and a husband?!? *let the sympathy begin*

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  25. Ours are thrown sporadically in the mirror. We are pathetic with having three different kids of toothpastes the swallowing kind for our three year old, the fruit flavored kids stuff for the 6 year old, and our regular old person kind.

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  26. Happy Birthday Ben! Hope that your cupcake's good.
    We have a tooth paste eating toothbrush thief at our house. Any place over 2 feet is usually safe, otherwise the hunt is on.

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  27. I have a toothbrush obsession. So, our toothbrush situation is very similar. My mom used to color coordinate everything in our house because their were five of us. It worked out quite well in the tootbrush department!

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  28. The one area I am neat and clean is our toothbrushes and toothpaste. Can't say that about much else though! We each have only one toothbrush and I know which one is whose. If I find an extra one around by chance I always throw them away since I never know where they have been. Yikes.

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  29. Looks like you have more than toothbrushes in that basket. . . .a razor. . . what does that do for your teeth! Hahaha

    Seriously, I don't like to display my toothbrushes on the counter, I don't like them in a glass, I just haven't figured out the best way to deal with them, but I do wash them in the dishwasher once a week, if that counts for anything.

    We have several bathrooms and our kidss seem to have toothbrushes in every single one, drove me nuts, because I had to clean every sink twice a day. I declared one bathroom for teeth brushing only and it works so much better and we no longer have a zillion toothbrushes, sometimes my kids weren't even sure if they were using their own or not! YUCK! oh well I guess we are one big germ sharing family. . . .

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  30. Ugh... the toothbrush angst!
    For us it is toothpaste. Which one did he say he liked? Your brother likes the fruity one? You hate mint, right? You say it is empty? Lots of open tubes/containers of toothpaste.
    One of my favorite blog posts is about the toothbrush my son wanted.

    http://mudpiestodragonflies.blogspot.com/2007/12/conversation-with-santa.html

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