Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Our five children and their spouses are coming home at the end of July. With them will be coming ten grands from the ages of four to fourteen. We will have a full house for a week or more depending on their arrivals and departures. I feel better this year than I did last year, and I am motivated to move and eliminate the clutter that has piled up like flotsam and jetsom in the harbor.
Illness can take the wind out of your sails and put a halt to your progress. The past few weeks though I have felt better and I have been able to get some things started and some things done. I've had smooth sailing through the sea of stuff that has accumulated, and clutter has been flying out of here left and right. So far I have a clean study table in the family room, a clean kitchen table and counter tops in the kitchen. My desk is organized and so are several bathroom drawers and cabinets. I have the Organized Life and Time Management Team to thank for that! Starting slowly with only 15 minutes at a time I began making progress. It was like taking baby steps toward a goal. Tracking what I cleaned and organized each day was proof positive that baby steps can, indeed, get you closer and closer to meeting and completing your goals whatever they might be.
Granted I have a lot left to do before the kids and grands arrive, but so much has been done that I have made a noticeable difference. The dining room table is filled with stuff to be donated or sold and also with the never ending stacks of books that seem to migrate all over the house. Some of them came from the upstairs bedrooms or bookshelves, and can't seem to find the way home. Others seem to believe that they belong on the table since they have been there so long. The ones in the library book bag really do have another home and it's time that they get there. Books seem to multiply almost as quickly as Fischer-Price people when you aren't paying attention. One of my goals is to restock the bookshelves and get these books home to their destinations.
My husband has gone through his closet and brought down bunches of shirts and pairs of slacks that no longer meet his needs. I have my clothes piled in our bedroom waiting for me to go through them. What a difference that will make when I put back in the closet only the things that fit me and that I will be wearing this season. That's another one of my goals for the next week. I will go through the clothes and make decisions on what stays and what goes. There will be a lot of trying on things happening in the near future. I can begin as soon as I feed the washer and dryer later this afternoon when I finish writing this blog! The bedroom will look and be neat as a pin by this time next week. Then the castoffs from upstairs can be boxed and taken to the thrift shop with the castaways that are already downstairs waiting for the second act to begin. Yes I think intermission is over and it's time to get this show on the road. I am ready for this ship to sail! Wish me Bon Voyage!!!