To recap: my goal is to condense 5 rooms, 4 bathrooms, a basement, two dining rooms, a kitchen, a living room and a playroom into what we can take with us in an RV.
Today, day 3, I started wondering if perhaps my existential awakening wasn’t really just some kind of early indicator of an impending mental health crisis.
I alternated between great organizational frenzies and mini cryfests. A large coke and funnel cakes from Burger King helped me rally in the mid afternoon. I managed to clean out three closets completely:
the downstairs one, which up till now held all our homeschooling supplies, coats, games, maps, vacuum, and assorted pieces of random crap I threw in to get them out of the way. I wish I would have gotten a before, because it wasn’t pretty.
Also, Sassy’s, which was a nightmare of toys, clothes, dress up outfits, games, books, and assorted pieces of random crap I threw in to get them out of the way:
If hubby is reading this right now, he’s already passed out. It hasn’t looked like this since we moved in 5 1/2 years ago. However, the rest of the room is rather undone.
And finally, the game closet. First, I’ll show you everything I took out of it:
you can’t even tell where my sister and her newborn baby are, can you. Hint: they’re in the middle.
This closet was difficult, because I’m so pro-game in our unschooling life. So to get rid of so many was unpleasant. My executive decision making skills were overtasked, and I stopped being able to make choices on what to give away and what to keep. I figured, RV’s have those big storage tanks underneath them, right? So a few games would fit just fine, right?
Obviously, I need to go back through this closet. But my method is to organize and purge until I’m at the point where it’s something hard for me to let go of, and then I put those things in piles and wait for another time to tackle it. So far, I’ve only done that with our games and books. I’ve been pretty consistently unattached to stuff other than that! See how much the give away room is filling up?!
My sister and Baby L. were tons of help.
This guy’s a real taskmaster!
I’m really staying on task–I have a tendency to get distracted easily, and stop one thing halfway through and never return to it. But my music and Cherry Coke are keeping me going. And anyway, I like to refer to it as ‘changing focus’ rather than ‘getting distracted’. So, I really only changed my focus once. I happened to find a peacock feather in Sassy’s closet…I have no idea where it came from or why we had it?! and I couldn’t help but take pictures of it and edit some of them in Photoshop Elements. Because what else are you supposed to do with a peacock feather when you find one? Just set it down in a pile?! I think not! It’s so pretty and shiny…
All in a day’s work. Now my sister, Baby L, and I are snuggling up to sleep so we can wake up fresh and ready to tackle tomorrow….i think if i ever manage to finish this, I’m going to be comatose on the beach for at least a month. Just stick a straw in my mouth connected to a nice fruity slushy drink, and leave me to chillax. That sounds nice.
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