As the years have gone by with our adventure into homeschooling and as Catherine has grown older, I have found that my days are getting busier and busier. I remember when Catherine was a baby how overwhelmed I felt. I told a friend that I barely had time to eat or shower. She lovingly told me that it only got worse. I thought she was crazy. And then I panicked! How in the world could life be any busier? I thought that children became more independent as they grew older! I thought they could entertain themselves longer! She said that they need more, want more, and communicate it more. They have activities they need to be brought to, friends to see, homework to do, crisis’s that need managing. I didn’t believe her. Well, here I am 6 years later and she is totally right. Catherine has places to go, people to see, things to do, and subjects to learn. My…life…is…crazy…busy!
I have noticed as Catherine is more involved with activities, as she advances in school, and as my organization has grown, I have noticed that I have been able to keep my home neat and clean. I have less time to stay organized. Usually by the end of the evening I am too tired to clean. These factors usually lead to a house that looks like a disaster by the end of the week. Counters with piles of ‘stuff’ and floors that are covered with toys, and books, and shoes, and couches that are covered with magazines and art supplies make me stressed and feeling out of control. I feel ready to chuck it all and yet I feel so strangely attached to EVERYTHING that I own.
Over the last year my sister and I have been talking a lot about getting rid of stuff and purging. My sister even convinced my mom to read a book about getting rid of the clutter and my mom jumped on the band-wagon and started clearing the extra junk out of her house. I would have to say that both my sister and my parents have pretty clutterless homes, especially compared to my home. I was inspired and I knew that I needed to started clearing the clutter but I just couldn’t find the mojo. I had every excuse in the book, including my packed out spring and summer schedule. Well, now school has started and our schedules are a bit more clear (although not by much) and I figured now is the time. Plus, after nearly two weeks of being sick, my house looks like a disaster zone, so I know that it’s time to clean up this mess.
I am doing a 40 Day cleaning program with my sister and one of our friends where we will be focusing on one area a day to purge and clean. I’m pretty excited about it! I have already managed to purge through most of my kitchen cabinets and drawers. The counters and the pantry are another thing! But here is a look:
Junk drawer before: