Monday, January 17, 2011

Cast Aways

It's been one of those weekends. Zoe has been sick, like puking and fever sick. Better now, thank goodness, but the car seat is a little worse for the wear. We've had issues with our heating monitor, making me pretty grateful that I have the wood stove to fall back on. And River has been teething. She's really OK during the day, but at night, very restless, waking frequently to cry a little, thrash about and nurse relentlessly. Last night was especially awful as she had gotten herself nice and awake just as I was going to bed with her at 11:30. I didn't get back to bed with her til 1:30 and from then on sleep was really more off than on anyway. Needless to say, I am one tired mama this morning. But, I am putting forth positive energy and thoughts, this will be a beautiful, productive week. Weekend blahs be gone!
Today is Monday, cleaning day. I love getting the week off to a nice clean start this way. I've tried breaking up the different cleaning day chores and spreading them throughout the week but I miss that feeling of everything being done and clean to start with so I prefer to knock it all out in one day. I also like to take the time to do a little weekly decluttering, thinning down our possessions and trashing or giving away things we do not need, aren't enhancing our life or are just in the way. It really amazes me when, on a regular basis, I take out two or three large garbage bags or boxes full of things and there is still so much left! Our house is not crammed full and we're not pack rats at all. I do admit to previously having a hard time getting rid of anything I felt might be used for crafts and Christmas decorations but I have pared those down considerably. I also used to collect a few things, pretty dishes and teapots. But, that too I've pared down and let go of most of it. Still, it feels like there is just too much stuff in this house and little by little I am working through it and getting it out of here. I think rather than our house being crammed full, it's more that I have changed so much over the years and now know more of what is important to me and more about what I really want to surround myself with, and, as it turns out, that's very little.
I read a blog post the other day, she said that people would come to her house and ask if she was moving and had already packed. That's what I aspire to. Minimal things, open spaces.
It really is an emotional attachment, though. I'm not talking hoarding or anything like that, but it really is difficult to separate ourselves from things. Old mementos, things we might need in the future, a picture that we've hung on the wall of every house or apartment we've ever lived in. It's so hard to get past the what if I may need or want to use this again. What if I miss it or just want to look at it again? Which is why I do this little by little. Little by little I see that I don't miss those things I throw out and really, I don't even remember most of them.
With these thoughts in mind, I am adding another little hat to the Hand Knit Hand Me Down pool. I'll give it to the first commenter.
I hope your day is joyful and productive!


Andréann said...

I want it! :D

Andréann said...

Okay.. this might have been over reacting!
I'm surrounded with stuff, in our little apartment. I do keep a lot of cloths in order to transform them into something else..when I'll have the time... but it doesn't come often!
And then xmas come and go and guess what? More stuff in our home.
We need a good declutter here as well.

And I'm with you with the teething restless nights. Poor little boy working hard for it! (and very little sleep time for me...)

The Knitwit Hues said...

XOXO's to you. You always make my heart smile.

softearthart said...

Oh it is good to get start the week with a good wash, and de cluttering is great, as it lets new things come in. that reminds me, I must away and sort some stuff out, cheers Marie

amanda {the habit of being} said...

cute little hat! hope she is on the mend and you can get some rest soon :)

karen said...

I hope your all feeling well now. Im still searching for those socks to give away in your group although im thinking perhaps I may have given them away.
How exciting that you finished the catterpillars! Ill be able to send your package Saturday if the post office is open, otherwise Tuesday. Ill let you know when its on its way to you. I cant remember if we exchanged adresses, if not ill email you later today.
I hope you can find some angora rabbits!Although I mostly got willow for his wool hes got a great little personality and im working on getting him house trained so that he can spend lots of time inside with us (crazy that you can toilet train a rabbit right lol:)

Rosina {Rosy ~ Posy} said...

Oh I just love that hat your little one is wearing :) So cute. I hope that everyone is feeling better and you have had a chance to get a little more rest.

I like to keep little bits for crafting stuff to. It's probably my biggest downfall and so true about the emotional attachment to 'stuff'. It's one of my big goals for this year, to really clean house and get rid of things we don't use or need anymore. When we were selling our home 9 years ago I packed everthing away so that there was virtually nothing anywere and it was so freeing to not have to look at any clutter :) With kids and homeschooling there always seems to be some clutter but I would love to try and get rid of it *grin*

Luisa said...

This was a very nice post about stuff. I think January especially is a good month to start organize purging and taking a look to minimize.
I really like the part about getting things clean in one day instead of spreading out the chores. Because with homeschooling, kids and life who wants to clean all the time :)

angie said...

I'm so with you on getting rid of stuff! It seems to accumulate in so many ways! I also love your idea of one cleaning day, I divide mine into daily chores, I may give 1 full day a try.

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