Tuesday, May 3, 2016

39 and Counting!

I celebrated my 39th Birthday last week.  Not quite the milestone of 40 but I'm almost there.  Of course, the closer I get to 40 the more I put my life under a microscope. I find myself taking stock of my accomplishments, and also thinking about what I have left to do.  I have the most wonderful family; I have been blessed with a supportive husband and four beautiful children.  I also have a part-time job I love, where I can make a difference in the world.  However, there is one area of my life that is, shall we say, untidy - our home.  
Our family away from the untidy house.  

So there it is.  I suppose untidy is just a nice way to say that our house is truly a pig sty.  Maybe you think I am exaggerating but trust me, I'm not. My husband, children and I have accumulated nearly 20 years of stuff.  We have all sorts of belongings from toys, clothes, books, camping equipment to kitchen gadgets, and the list goes on and on.  We have a large home - 2100 square feet, not including a full attic and basement. There are piles of stuff everywhere!  Let me give you two examples. To eat dinner every night, we have to move stuff to find the table. To get to the toys and art materials, we have to move shoes and bags. Our stuff has come to us in all the usual ways: gifts, things we bought that we had to have, hand-me-downs from family members that have moved, things that belong to organizations that we volunteer for and offered to store, and other stuff has just magically found its way here.
Morning view from the dining room table.  Coffee Anyone?


Looking at our home in its current state of disarray is very discouraging!  (sigh)  So much so that I have been searching real estate websites for a better house.  But it dawned on me, we have a nice home, in a great neighborhood and a mortgage we can afford.  Why would we move?  Maybe its not the house that is the problem, but the stuff in the house?  Light bulb moment here! So I have decided that for my 39th Birthday gift to myself and my family will be to truly create a home we love coming home to.  Now I just have to figure out how to do that!


9 comments:

  1. When you find the answer please share! I am in the same boat and most of the piles have to do with my stamping business!

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    1. Hoping that I will find some answers sooner rather than later. I'll keep everyone updated on our journey!

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  2. Go check out Flylady.net. She has been a huge help to me, even though I haven't put all of her advice into practice yet. She (Marla Cilley) also has a book called Sink Reflections, which I know is at your library (I've seen it there). There is also Pam YOung's website cluborganized.com, where you are encouraged to get only as organized as you want. I totally understand what you are going through. I've been there. The great thing about these two websites is that they are not so much about being organized as about taking care of yourself, and letting the rest fall into place. Remember that our outer world reflects our inner world, so start there for the easiest results. --Judy

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    1. Thanks so much for the tips and I will check out both websites and that book sounds amazing! I love the title! Thanks for the support!

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  3. Yay, new blog! I have done a lot of house-organizing and decluttering in my previous freelance work, and (seriously!) love the challenge of making a space more comfortable and efficient! Let me know if you ever want a second set of eyes, or moral support! ;)

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    1. I might just take you up on that offer of a second set of eyes. Maybe you can be a guest blogger here too! Thanks for the support and offer of help!

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    2. Sounds good to me!! :)

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  4. I recently had the same thought: perhaps we need a new house (even though my house was built less than 17 years ago). I have a small house, but it's rather nice...when it isn't cluttered!!! Then I thought: JUST DECLUTTER!!! Easier said than done, but I'm working on it. You have inspired me even more, so thank-you!

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    1. Lisa, glad you have found my blog inspirational! We can be on this road to finding peace and tranquility together! I want to love my house again.

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