Thursday, July 14, 2011

Working Hard to Make Home Simplified

Trying to find fun in waiting in the ER
It's been sooo hard to have batteries for my camera since so many things in this house use batteries like the Wii and Xbox 360.  That's four controllers so 8 batteries.  We save big time by using rechargeables.  I'm not kidding, those batteries have last us several years without dying.  They're still recharging just fine.  It's wonderful.  However, now we don't have enough so this weekend I'm gonna go out and buy more so I can use my beautiful camera!  Ha.  I'm always having to sneak batteries from one of the controllers when no one is looking.

I've kind of disappeared lately because I've been decluttering.  I know I say that a lot.  Someone on facebook said I did.  I really do say it a lot I guess.  It's just that I don't mean I've decluttered the whole house.  Just one area.  Like yesterday I spent hours reorganizing my pantries and cabinets.  I stopped using the one in the garage because it's just too hot out there and so I did a switch of pantries.  Today I worked on my bedroom and simplifying it.  Sometimes my bedroom seems to turn into the last resort.  I never have time to go back in there during the day because I'm with my kids, homeschooling Ivy, washing dishes, doing laundry, taking care of the baby, making meals, etc.  You get the idea.  So it's easy to just change real fast and not take the time to put everything away.  Or we'll just set something in there and "deal with it later."  Finally I had enough and donated most of it.  I went through LOTS clothes.

Yep, that's a diaper on Scooby
Tomorrow I'll be doing massive amounts of laundry and while putting them away, I'll always get rid of more.  While clothes are washing, I'll be decluttering both the kids rooms.  AGAIN.  I know it's about that time when they really start to struggle with their chore time.  If they are overwhelmed, they just shift things back and forth.  Kids shouldn't carry that burden.  I can't expect them to do a great just when there is just too much stuff.  Tomorrow night I'll be decluttering my laundry area also.

So, it's been a whirlwind around here!  But a good kind that is refreshing.  I really want to make it simple.  My husband at one time told me that he liked how the house was getting cleaned all the time and kept up.  But he said it was more important to him for me to spend time with the kids and build relationships with them.  It hurt to hear that but it was an eye opener for me and I'm glad he said it.  Since then I've really put them first and spend a lot of time with them.  It's important to truly listen to them.  Sometimes I feel like I just want to get the dishes done without any interruptions.  Instead, I'll just rinse off my soapy hands, bend down and listen to what my child has to say.  Even if I think it's a silly issue, it's not to him or her.  The dishes can wait.  It's been such a wonderful year of really building relationships with each and every one of my kids.  

Anyhow, it's 3:40am and I'm finally done for the day.  Happy Thursday!


Happy Elf Mom (Christine) said...

And happy Thursday to YOU, Miss Virginia! I see you are clearing cabinets at the same time you are power shopping!! YAYY, a new place for your pickles. :)

Been loving your posts of late, but have not commented. So glad everyone is well for the um, present moment. I hope you are having a great summer!!

Lyndsay (Tiny House Homeschool Mom) said...

I have heard on facebook that I say I declutter a lot and also deep clean a lot. I don't think people realize how quickly the house gets dirty with more than 1-2 kids and that sometimes those posts about decluttering are the mornings good intentions. LOL
Since I had my last baby(and been recovering from 13 weeks of besrest) I have been on a mission to have everything simplified and easy to get clean on a daily basis. The house is staying cleaner longer but I still fall behind. We also homeschool..and run a part time business from home. It is impossible to keep up with it all. :o) I enjoy your posts. Keep them coming mama!

Pfingston said...

You go GIRL!

Kerrie McLoughlin said...

good for you! i've done a lot of this and have given away so much stuff. it feels great to get it out of the house and to not have so much to look at, worry about, touch, clean, move around. you have me thinking about my kids' closets now ... they only wear about 10% of what they have. hmmm. but then there's the problem of saving clothes that are bigger sizes for later and saving for younger kids and wondering if we'll have MORE kids. still ... God always provides ... in the form of people giving us more clothes ... so i will purge and have faith that more will come :-)