It's been about a year since this blog became a plea for help and then a documentation of my attempt to lighten the load. I am both a bit disappointed and elated at the same time. I wish that I had learned to love to do the dishes (especially the big nasty pots you have to scrub and won't fit in the dishwasher) but I haven't. But I have begun to implement the simple concepts that make big differences, especially the one in one out. (though in fairness while I have adopted "one in one out" I am still struggling with Robert and WALT)
My house still gets messy. Come by any Friday and I'll show you. The difference is that every Saturday the house is reset. For the first time since I have had my own place the holidays came and went with the normal stream of people and I didn't have to pull a single all nighter to make the house presentable.
This Christmas marked another important and hopefully far reaching milestone here at the Farmhouse. It was done without credit cards. With some diligent watching of sale papers and late night bidding on ebay the boys got everything they wanted. It was not the biggest Christmas ever underneath the tree, and it took an incredible amount of resolve to keep to the budget, in fact we when realized we had gone over on the boys Robert and I parred our gifts to each other down to small token gifts. It does however feel pretty good now that its January and the bills aren't rolling in. (especially since we have worked 4 whole days on this pay period which is another set of issues completely)
So the blog will continue. There are still closets to be cleaned out and corners to scrub. And documentation helps me keep on track. I am hoping that by this time next year all the closets (and my building) serve their intended purposes of being servicable vessels of rotating storage with items that are used at least anually. (rather than their current state of over filled areas filled with momentos of times gone by)
We also have the loftier goal of some major house rearrangement and remodeling. We have yet to repaint our bedroom since we switched rooms with WALT and the blue walls and red trim of his toddler days are not quite the backdrop for the tranquil retreat I so desperately need. We are also hoping to move the sectional and flatscreen upstairs in the spare bedroom/junk center. The living room will then become a bit of a more formal space and the piano have room to be actually used. This is advantageous in a couple of different ways. The over riding practical reason is that the upstairs stays a good deal warmer than downstairs and we have been huddled up in blankets trying to play the wii. I am backing this bold suggestion of Robert's because it eliminates the possibility of having a junk room. At the same time it keeps the reality of family messiness out of sight of the unexpected guest. So as progress is made, the changes will show up here, in both wordy Sarah insights and pictures.
I also am hoping to add a new element. As mentioned above we are trying to break the credit card habit and live within our means. More than within our means, really to live in a way that eliminates the debt that my lovely child and the farmhouse and the accident prone animals have racked up in the past 4 years. So when I get brave and honest I am going to add it all up and then I hope to make at least a monthly entry on how much is gone. This may take longer than getting my house truly organized but may be even more important.
I am snowed in and have started some new projects, complete with pictures, so updates should be happening soon!!