Time to Purge

I don’t relish going through neglected areas of the house. I tend to get overwhelmed with the amount of clothes that need to be sorted, given away or saved for the next child. I also don’t like to cull through my stacks from last school year. They are much neater looking left alone in their nice stacks.

But this past week I could put it off no longer. It happens every year. The new school year ahead, the need to prepare, the clutter could not be avoided. It was time. Time to purge.

First, I put a checklist on the counter for the children. Plus the Mom, I’m Bored Baggy (down-graded to a baggy last year when the jar smashed to the floor and broke). I reminded that the after 4 pm computer privilege was there for those that completed the basics and picked up jurisdictions.

Next, I got out my handy dandy trash bags. I followed Flylady’s ‘fling’ tactics. I put on some motivating and happy music. And I chanted, “You can do anything for 15 minutes,” over and over again.

While the children pulled out, spread games, blocks, toys far and wide in the other parts of the house. I sorted. And I counted.

Sweet baby clothes of days ago. Some worn by several.

Mary jane baby socks.

Toys.

Shoes.

Dresses. Pretty girly dresses.

A school room full of papers. Though I dread going through stacks because I get so very side-tracked, stacks of paper usually mean lots of learning is going on.

Then, later in the week, enjoyed…

an afternoon at the pool with homeschool friends

date night

A Saturday morning at Starbucks with my friend, lots of jumping in the pool and an afternoon nap.

Watermelon.

A Sunday afternoon of boy cousins playing.

Curricula ordered!

 

“Trust the past to the mercy of God, the present to His love, and the future to His Providence.” ~ Augustine

Counting gifts 2528-2538.

How about you? Have you purged a room yet? Or are you avoiding stacks?

About Hodgepodgemom

Tricia faces a daily dose of chaos homeschooling five children. The biggest lesson she’s learned? At the end of the day – when the dishes are put away and the children are tucked in bed – truly what matters is each child’s relationship with the Lord. Raising children is a God-given privilege and, folks, the time is short.

Comments

  1. I too have been throwing away baby clothes and such and it has been 6 years since I had a baby!

  2. I am facing a bit of decluttering myself but I am taking a section at a time. My oldest son moved out so his stuff was purged from the house. Mr. B moved into his room and in the process we culled his old clothes and junk…nice. This left me with an empty family room….empty….echo….echo…echo. It all happened so fast that I have no firm plans for the space. A room with no plans……did I ever think that would happen? Never! But here it is and I am trying to come up with a plan that we can afford. I have all sorts of pipe dreams for the space but my budget means that we will have to make do with furniture and shelves and accessories pulled from other parts of the house. I am going to work on that once we get back from the Tetons.

    Loved seeing all the cooperation in your family in your cleaning project!

    • Oh the possibilities of your echo, echo, echo room! That will be something to look forward to after your trip. I think you will be surprised at how your room will come together with pieces from the rest of the house – as creative as you are! Wow, lots of changes going on at your house. I so appreciate all you share, in a mentoring spirit, about the high school, growing up and moving away years. *sniff*

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