Thursday, June 09, 2011
Now that I have more days at home without outside commitments, I have been taking this opportunity to do some cleaning and organization that was long overdue. Our schoolroom/office was a ridiculous mess. You couldn't even walk through the place because it tend to be a dumping place for everything. I started sorting though stuff, but got discouraged. That paired with the fact that we were have people over last weekend, I just boxed everything up and hauled it to the basement. I promised myself that I would go through one box per day. I might not be keeping up with that so far this week...BUT the schoolroom looks great!
Yesterday, I started cleaning out my pantry. It is packed full and I can never find anything. I had shelves full of bags of bulk foods, etc. I would look for something, not see it, and end up buying it. After returning from Sam's Club yesterday, I realized that something HAD to be done. I didn't have room to put anything away. So I broke down and purchased some containers to store all of our bulk things like nuts, grains and dried fruit. I was so glad to get rid of all of those little bags! It is still in process and my kitchen counter island is still covered, but I am hoping to have it put together by the end of the day. Fact is, we go though a lot of food. We have changed out diet to mostly unprocessed, whole, real food. This can allow for way less packaging and a tidier pantry. I just had to break down and spring for some containers. I fell in love with one type, but they were $10-15 each. I settled on a more economical option and they seem to be working out great.
My next big project will be our clothing/laundry situation. I have come to the conclusion (with help from my hubby) that I am a clothes hoarder. I save every outgrown thing for the next child coming up. I buy any good deal I find even if I have enough clothes for that particular child. (When I mean good deal, I am talking a quarter.) However, I am discovering that much of what I have saved looked pretty sad. It is worn, faded and outdated. This should be no surprise. I have about 7 years between several of my same sex siblings. If you figure that most of the clothes were purchased used, they are over a decade old and have seen the wear of at least two children. A couple of boxed were attacked by mice as well, so they were trash. So, I am sorting through and getting rid of a bunch of stuff. I will only save the best of the best clothing and pass on the rest to someone else. I probably have a couple of weeks worth of work to go through my stash.
That's my life right now. It is busy with the mundane but necessary.