Monday, July 23, 2012
Getting Back On Track 'House-Wise'
Thank you all so much for your kind comments last week which warmed my heart and made me smile. I appreciated each and every one of them and found comfort in your words. After a teary Friday, my weekend continued on a happier note with a first birthday party, a night off cooking and a sudden burst of enthusiasm that saw me get stuck into a bit of organising, a bit of cleaning and a few craft projects I've been putting aside for much too long.
Back when our spare room became Sophie's nursery, our study became our 'dumping ground'. It wasn't that we didn't have the storage space for all these items, it was more that I didn't have the time to dedicate to sorting them out. Over the weeks and months, I threw more and more things in there. Piles of paperwork yet to be filed grew and grew, the carpet slowly disappeared under mountains of 'stuff' and I misplaced lots of objects. Struggling to keep up to date with our housework as it was, I didn't have the time necessary for tackling such a mammoth task.
Then last week, my Mum spent an afternoon helping me give our house a thorough clean. We don't see her a lot when she's working, but last week she was on holidays and so she had the time to give me a hand. I felt like crying happy tears that night as I stood in my sparkling, clean shower. It was the best it had EVER looked. And so, with the housework under control, yesterday became the day for claiming back our study. While Paul went for an afternoon bike ride, I plopped Sophie down next to me with a handful of 'random objects' from my desk drawer for her to investigate, gave Grace my box of ribbons to play with and I got stuck into sorting. Two packing boxes are now sitting in our living room filled with things to give away, sell on Gumtree or donate to charity. Aside from a pile of bills still to be filed and my craft and sewing boxes to go through, our study is now in an acceptable state.
I can't tell you how good that feels. Freeing our home of unnecessary clutter has definitely freed my mind from feeling so overwhelmed and given me the enthusiasm I needed to get things back on track house-wise.
This week, I'm planning to finish off some sewing and decorating projects and hopefully by this time next week, I should actually have some photos of things I've made and done to share with you...