Question: do all toddlers have an obsession with sorting and organizing things, or is it just mine?
Lately, Cate seems to want to go through all kinds of things and “file” them away, usually not where I’d like them to be. We recently got her an extra-large toy chest in our family room, and Dave and I are constantly digging things out of it that Cate has carefully placed in there: remote controls, car keys, an empty Pringles can (WTF?), basically whatever she finds that she thinks is interesting and might want to revisit later.
It’s not just the toy chest, either. Take her crayons: she shakes them out of the box, organizes them in some sort of “it makes sense in her little toddler brain” pattern, then picks them up and puts them back in the box. Then she shakes them out again, and lather-rinse-repeat. I thought that by getting her some crayons, we’d be encouraging her to draw, but all she wants to do is sort them. It’s sort of the same thing she does with the gravel in the driveway.
She also loves to go through all the stuff in our bathroom cabinets. She’ll pull out whatever she can find: a tube of Neosporin, my mascara, whatever, and then she’ll take off running down the hall with it. I might find it later in her clothes hamper, under the guest room bed, in her upstairs toy box, or who-knows-where.
Don’t get me wrong, I generally find this behavior to be pretty funny, aside from a few “now where the heck did she put x??” moments now & then. I’m just wondering if this is something that all kids do, or if mine is a little bit of a weirdo. (My guess is that it’s probably the latter.)