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Descent into chaos…

Monday, May 31st, 2010

I’ve been spending every spare minute over the last few days piecing Whirligigs. Unfortunately this always results in the same thing – the house and garden descend into chaos. For some reason no other member of my family even seems to notice this. Sound familiar, anyone?

Today I had to take stock and decide that it was beyond a joke. So you can imagine what I’ve been doing for the last few hours.

Significant amounts of cleaning are most certainly not my favourite activity, although I do love it when the house is bright and clean and the garden is more or less under control. I have quite a way to go before I get even halfway there though!

The garden is a bit of a wasteland at the moment. Just before our month of rain began I optimistically planted a whole lot of carrot and lettuce seeds. Not one single seed – and there were a lot – seems to have germinated. I guess the rain and the cool temperatures scuppered the lot of them. We should have some decent weather starting next weekend so I guess I’ll have to buy more seed and start again. I do have some lettuce plants,  peas, fennel, Swiss chard and onions planted and they all seem to be doing alright – but on the salad front only because I’m waging an all out war on the slugs – who have grown to gigantic proportions as a result of all the cool, wet weather.

Along with the weeds, at least my hanging baskets seem to be flourishing with all the rainfall!

Inside the house I’m back to my old despair about the level of clutter that we have accumulated. I’m still trying to get rid of as much as I can – apart from anything else, less stuff means less cleaning and tidying up. As those of you who have read my blog for a while know, this  is an ongoing issue for me. How to bring zen into my life and my home to achieve calmness, serenity and contentment (I think those are probably my goals!) while living with four people with chaotic tendencies, three of whom are teenagers or almost teenagers. Quite often I look at life around me and feel like I walked into the wrong film!

Little by little I’m sure I do make some progress, but a lot of the time it’s a case of two steps forward and one back, or even two or three back on a bad day…

I know this is normal family life, but sometimes I do so long for order and organization, for sparkling cleanliness and efficiency. I actually think that would give me such a sense of light and air and freedom, even if only for a little while.

With that in mind I’m heading back to my bucket and mop…

Helen

One Response to “Descent into chaos…”

  1. Susan Ramey Cleveland Says:

    I feel your pain, Helen. I hate clutter. It affects me physically. Vann was a very messy person in many ways. Just that he kept everything–and I do mean everything. He kept it in neat stacks, but still they were neat stacks of useless trash. Although much of it has been cleared out, there is much still to be cleared. I think it’s multiplying.