It happened. Last Friday I had had enough!!! At one time I had a neat, organized, immaculate home and then I had children!!! Those of you who knew me 7 years ago can attest to this. After my children came, I did my best to keep up the ‘ready for a showing’ persona, as if my house were for sale. When the third and especially the fourth child came along, I gave up!!! During the summer, when everyone is at home all day, I go into a vegatative state when it comes to keeping up with the house. Seriously, I just stare blankly, expressionless, I shut down, it’s just too much! I go catatonic! So, you’re waiting on pins and needles, wondering what happened Friday. I reclaimed my home from my children!!! I carried out every toy, I mean EVERY toy, and put them in my garage!!!!
I feel like a re-birth in my life has occurred!!! It’s been days since I looked at my house and felt like crying. I feel like I have some space of my own!!! I suddenly care about my home again! I’ve spent my week cleaning and organizing. I can’t explain to you how good it feels!
Now before you go thinking that I have gone, ‘mommy dearest’, let me tell you my children are not traumatized! Jessica is the only one that seems to care. I let her go pick out two or three things and she plays contentedly and then takes them back out to the garage when she’s finished. Lydia is perfectly happy having her stuffed cat collection neatly placed on her bed.
To top it off, we are doing a TV fast this week, too. The girls receive a medal at the next Reading Nite Out, if we go without the TV for a week. I haven’t heard a cartoon for days now….awwwwwwwww. Peace and quiet.
My children read books, play school, play hide and go seek, play outside, listen to music, dance……… Why didn’t I do this a long time ago? I’ve come to the conclusion that they have too much!!! So….what do I do with it all? How much is enough? Should I bring the stuff back?
Oh no!!!!!!!!Garage sale season is coming. Can I resist all the great deals on great toys? I must!!!!
Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling snow before it stops snowing.