Clutter and I…we’re like this.
Two peas in a pod. Salt and pepper. Peanut butter and jelly.
I’m not a clutter hater. I can live with it for a short while until I reach my limit. At which point I clean Hyperbole and a Half style:
Then I wear myself out with the crazed cleaning and ignore the clutter until the cycle reaches melting point again. The problem with this method is that clutter multiplies like mad, especially in a home for a family of five. In order for the house and the people living in it to function properly, I have come to the conclusion that clutter is not helping the situation.
The problem is I don’t have an intense hatred for clutter. I don’t even have a mild dislike. We coexist. No biggie except this cannot continue. I found a blog post a couple weeks ago about monthly decluttering that inspired me to make some changes. Jamie at Steady Mom wrote this post making the case for monthly decluttering. Just one look at her pics was enough for me!
I found this inspiration and motivation mid-June. Rather than put it off until I had a full month to dedicate to the mission, I decided to tackle our school room first. Our homeschool group was having a used book sale and I had already begun going through all of our books.
I am so happy to report that my project is complete with two days to spare! Here are my before and after photos.
See the pile of things around the keyboard? It is previously decluttered stuff from other rooms. It needed to be donated, but sat there waiting for me to remember or have time to drop it off. And our school table was in sad shape before. Not only did I sort/purge/put away all that stuff, I also scrubbed a what felt like a school year’s worth of dried paint and glue sticks off.
This last pic shows the less dramatic changes, including the insides of the cabinets. I forgot to take a “before” picture prior to sorting the books for the book sale. I plan to slowly purge even more of the books as we read them.
The last look at the school room.
This is a good feeling, y’all.
My kids are funny. ROFLMBO funny. Snicker funny. Giggle funny. I always say “I should write this down” when they say something hysterical. That’s exactly what I’m about to do.
My two youngest llamas asked why some trees were green and some trees didn’t have any leaves while we were driving to town last week. An impromptu
CARschool homeschool lesson about the differences between evergreen and deciduous trees began. I asked for an example of a tree that is green around Christmas time that is not a pine tree. They were stumped so I gave them the answer.
When I said “Christmas trees are evergreen,” my oldest daughter said “Right! Because they are plastic!!!”
Obviously our tree is not a live one. I think it is still pretty anyway.
What kind of tree does your family use?
I made a Thanksgiving Tree with the kids this year. We are filling it up with things we are thankful for through the holiday season. I love it so much that we might turn it into a reading tree after the first of the year.
It was a great lesson, homeschool or not, for the entire family. It made us all consciously think of reasons we were thankful.
Apparently posting every day is not all that easy when you have three children. And homeschool. And volunteer. And go on weekly field trips.
Today is floor installation day now that things have dried out from the flood. Hoping the kids survive doing what they want all day. Maybe I’ll unlock the doors to the craft closet and let them go to town. Wait. I think I’m forgetting what exactly is in the closet. A better option would be to place a selection of things on the school table for them to craft with today. That and DVDs should make the day fly by.
We had a homeschool field trip to a farm on Friday. The veterinarian paid the farm a visit, and we watched the animals get their vaccinations and examinations. We also met Wally.
Turns out he is just as matted as the stuffed llama that lives with us.
Old Washington trip
Two hours each way with the kids
Well worth the car ride
- Picking up sticks in the yard is technically P.E.
- My patience needs improvement.
- While you are engrossed in microscope exploring with the 8 year old, there is a 105% chance the 3 year old is jumping up and down on the bed with an open can of mixed nuts that will be an empty can of mixed nuts by the time you realize what is going on.
- School days go much better for everyone with a good night’s sleep.
- The thing you would miss the most is running errands and grocery shopping without the kids.