Every year at about this time I have the same feeling.
The fresh airiness of the house after I’ve cleared all the Christmas decorations makes me realize just how cluttered everywhere else is. The rest of my family are an untidy bunch and inveterately hoard everything imaginable, so it’s always a real battle to keep it all under control. I love simplicity. I love tidiness and space. Inevitably over the years I’ve had to compromise massively, but once in a while it just gets to be too much and the inner cleaning fairy just has to get into action.
This morning I’d had enough and braved the cellar and my son’s bedroom. The cellar houses a lot of things that are on their way to being recycled or donated, so I trundled off and got rid of a whole load of bags of unwanted things. I also have a collossal amount of cardboard ready for collection day on Friday – that has all been bundled and put in the shed until later in the week. Now at least I can walk into the cellar to start tackling the shelves – or at least those that I haven’t been explicitly forbidden to touch (which of course, as you can imagine, are the worst of the lot!). I’ve trained myself to be happy with very little on the decluttering front – anything gone is an improvement, even if it isn’t anywhere near as much as I’d like!
My son’s bedroom is looking much better. I don’t normally clean and tidy for the teenagers, but it’s such a battle to get them to do it and they never ever do a really thorough clean. (You know how a mother’s idea of clean bears no resemblance whatsoever to a 14 year old’s idea of clean!). Well now it’s done! Spiderwebs removed, all rubbish out from under the bed, dusted….it looks wonderful and I actually feel like a good little housewife!
In between the cleaning I’ve been periodically rewarding myself with some more Fireworks sewing. Folks, this quilt is not going to be done in a hurry, but it is going to be lovely…one day…… 3 blocks down and 11 to go.
Here’s hoping your week has started well. I’ll be back tomorrow, when I may just have some exciting news!