Thursday, June 28, 2012

Keep on Keeping on

The past couple of days have been productive. I've managed to make myself (I had originally typed 'get') rid of a lot of things that are cluttering up my life. I've gone through closets and drawers. Cleaned under beds. Made some decisions and driven to the local donation center before I could change my mind. It feels much better. Now I am working on the worse room - the bonus room - aka the craft room from Hades. I have just let this room get worse and worse so late last night I walked through the door and sat down with two huge black trash bags. One for trash - one for donations. I'm making progress - it's slow progress - but still I am working my way into the room.

I know one thing that definitely has to go. I have an old arm chair from the furniture we used to have in the living room that I moved up there a few summers ago. It has long since seen its better days and I have to figure out a way to get it downstairs and to the local landfill. That will free up a lot of space. I think the matching ottoman may be in there as well - so it will go along for the ride.

I have too much craft stuff. Way too much. I didn't think that was a possible statement until I started working in there. I have fabric. Felt. Stickers. Paper. Markers. You name it - it's probably somewhere within that room. A lot of things I've held on to thinking I could use them in my classroom - but then again, I didn't take them in for the last 5 months of school - so will I really use them if I have another classroom in the fall? I have made myself throw away a good deal of the craft stuff that I feel just isn't where I am anymore as a crafter. I've come across a ton of pictures. I need to organize them all when this is finished. I'm even considering trying digital scrapbooking and having the books printed rather than thinking I'll actually create the pages myself. I wish The Bug and her friends were interested in scrapbooking - I could let them use up so much of the supply and then I would definitely feel better about it all.

My goal for the rest of the week is to continue getting rid of the clutter in there and then going back to the other rooms and putting everything back in its place. I figure Rome wasn't built in a day - it's not going to happen overnight - but I will never let this happen again. No matter how busy I was with student teaching and my sponsoring teacher having the nervous breakdown and leaving it all to me... I will never put taking care of what's important at home on the back burner. This is my home. My sanctuary. It deserved better.

Now, if only I could talk my husband into getting a pool. :)

Monday, June 25, 2012

Isn't it funny how people set out to do soul searching and the paths that they take to get to that result? For me... it involves deep cleaning my house. Going through each room armed with a box of black trash bags and a resolve to get rid of the stuff that seems to be cluttering up my life.

I recently read an article online about organization that said we wear 20% of our clothing 80% of the time. Read that sentence again. We are only really wearing 20% of the cloths that we own....almost all of the time! I am guilty of this. I have my 'favorite things' that I am always wearing. They are comfortable. They make me feel comfortable. This is something that I want to challenge myself about to see if it is definitely true and to see what I can do about it.

In my soul searching quiet time I have thought over a lot of things. Why am I the way I am? Why do I let things 'pile up' - as is the case with our guest room - it has become the dumping ground for everything lately that I've not wanted to deal with, put away or find a new home for items.So today my goal is to tackle this room. I want it to be in some sort of semi-order by the time my husband gets home from work today. I want to be able to sit back and relax with the family rather than thinking, 'wow, you really should go and clean up that room!'.

Summer is at the half-way point here. In four weeks The Bug has to report to camp. Then the insanity of a new school year begins. I'm not sure where I will be teaching, or even if I'll be teaching, this fall. My part-time position at the local elementary school ended at the end of the school year. I'm a little nervous about this - but grateful for the pay check that I'll continue to receive until the end of August. At this point, I am praying about it and trying to leave it at the foot of the cross. Why is it easier to pick it up and worry about it rather than leaving it for God to deal with and show me what I really need to do? I've been doing a lot of soul searching about this lately -

but that's a post for another day.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

She said I Do....

With some of the bridesmaids

This past weekend my niece got married . It was like something out of a fairy venue was amazing. Her gown was unbelievable. The bridesmaids were gorgeous. The groom cried when he saw her walking down the aisle. It was a dream come true for so many of us. I wanted to share a few pictures while I'm still in recovery mode....
The waiting is the worst part ...