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What’s making my home sing this week??


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I’m sooo excited to be off the school schedule and on to the summer schedule.  

Lately, I’ve been thinking about this post: the principles of organizing and I’ve been wondering if I am really following my own advice.  

I have a lovely space downstairs.  Here are some pictures. 

These were all the “after” pictures of a major cleanup session last summer.  It looks different today, but even at it’s best, it’s still pretty “full”.  I told Jo, “this place is pregnant and ready to pop”  to which she graciously said, “What imagery.. kind of graphic?”

There’s nothing wrong with this, but it is still not really what I want for that room.  

Tonight I went down to the craft/ play room and made a list:

What is the primary purpose of this room?

1. Sewing/ crafts

2. Storing toys/ playroom

3. Overnight guests (kids)

4. Office Supplies on desk

What things are actually being stored in there?

1. Sewing supplies: machines, fabric, projects etc.

2. Toys: about a ton of them

3. sleeping bags, pillows, etc. from guests that were here last night

4. ironing (exactly 3 big piles) plus iron, ironing board,etc.

5. a desk, a rocking chair, a lot of tables.. (too much furniture)

6. 17 million miscellaneous craft supplies

7. enough office supplies to start a small business

8. a ton of homeschooling books

9. exercise equipment

10. 10 million photographs and scrapbooking supplies

So, my first task was to try to create a vision of how I want the finished space to look.  Even though I’m a creative person, I’m really stifled by visual overload.  I have a hard time getting interested in crafts at all when things are so overwhelming. So, I’m not entirely sure what I want it to look like when I’m done, but I know I want LESS stuff.. a lot less stuff!!

I need to identify the things that are totally dragging me down.

1. Scrapbooking/ photographs: I’m going to say this at the risk of offending 2/3 of my readers.  I hate scrapbooking.  I have saved all of the artwork and pictures and junk for the last 18 years purely out of guilt.  I think I will hire my kids to help me put this to bed once and for all this summer.  I think if my kids and I work on it together, we can crank through this and be done with old photographs.  The new ones are on the computer, so they aren’t dragging me down–just the old stuff.

2. Rug hooking project: I have enough dyed wool to carpet the front lawn in a hooked rug.  I need to put this to bed also.  Maybe I’ll invite all of my friends over for a “build and design your own rug” and get rid of all of the supplies??

3. Too many toys for one four year old.  Even if we were to adopt an entire orphanage, I don’t think we’d run out of things to do around here.  Perhaps we could downsize the toys a little??

So, I’ll keep you posted.  I find this challenging enough to make me feel like homemaking is a real job, and yet relaxed enough that “any mom could do this!”.. so that is what is making my ole home sing. 


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