putting the house on a diet
Sometimes I read blogs of moms that have 4-6 children, who homeschool, farm, preserve, knit, practice yoga and daily meditation, sew, workout, and blog, among other lovely things. And I wind up feeling just a tad inadequate.
I think we like to show our shiniest sides – and that’s ok. I have many not-so-shiny sides that I like to keep hidden. But, in the spirit of honesty, and just so that you know that I’m more than just a “make-preserves-out-of-roadside-weeds-and-backyard-bubble-tea-and-blog/brag-about-it” kind of girl, I’m about to show you the worst.
Are you ready for it?
|kitchen counter (see the Easter baskets still there?)
|somewhere there is a desk|
I’m embarrassing myself just looking at these. Here’s the thing: sometimes I yell, sometimes I fight with my family members, sometimes I’m grumpy in the mornings, and boy am I ever messy. So messy. And these are not just isolated piles, contained in one room of the house. They’re EVERYWHERE.
I try! I really do. For a couple of days, I can be Miss Neat and Tidy. And you might be saying, “I’ve been to your house. It’s not so bad.”
I will tell you a secret. Unless you have stopped by unexpectedly, there are kind fairies who shove most of the main floor clutter into a storage closet like this:
|stuff to be dealt with a couple of years from now
In an effort to simplify, and to de-clutter my mind as well as this house, I’ve decided that the house must go on a diet. It is getting too stuffed. It’s bursting at the seams. Its metabolism is alarmingly low. Lots of stuff comes in, and few things go out. So we’ve got to find some ways to burn off excess fat from our house.
I thought that for the month of June – for 28 more days – I will give myself a “seriously-reduce-the-house’s-input” challenge.
This is my “COME ON IN” list so far: library books, food, 2 new articles of summer clothing (this is a DIET, not a total fast)
And here’s my “GET OUT” list so far: excess paper, books I’ll never read, clothes I’ll never wear, and maybe some other stuff too
And you? Does your house need to go on a diet too? Feel free to join in the fun!