And the Projects Keep Mounting…
I mentioned in my last post that I was going to tackle cleaning out the closet. Tackle it I did and after two full garbage bags of throwaways, I can finally see the floor. However, I am still missing one tennis shoe and favorite flip flop that I’m hoping are under my bed. Under the bed just happens to be my next project.
Being a ministry family, we’ve moved a lot. As in we’ve lived in 9 houses in the past 11 years. Obviously there are lots of negatives to that type of gypsy/semi-nomadic existence. However, the one good thing is that instead of spring cleaning we just packed up everything and moved pretty well guaranteeing my closets and cabinets stayed acceptably presentable.
In June, we will have been at our current pastorate for four years. I think we have already beaten the record for the length of time ever lived in one home. That makes me 37 kinds of happy but the negative is there is not one organized, decluttered thing in my house – except for my closet. We’ve accumulated and it’s major time for a purge.
With that said, I may be a little scarce. As if I haven’t been anyway. But, I will try to document some of my project completions for your grins and my own sense of acccomplishment. Am I the only one who will stand and stare at a freshly painted room or organized space just because I’m so proud I finally got it done?
Yeah, it doesn’t take much to thrill me anymore.
Okay, it’s time to crawl under the bed.
Here’s hoping nothing gets me.
Girl, I am doing the same thing! I’m on to tackle my kids closets today. I may not come out alive!!!!!
I remember going to one church and making it my goal to be in the same house for 2 Christmases so that I could put my tree in the same place two years in a row.
We preachers wives have issues don’t we?!!!LOL!
What you are talking about is about 80% of what I blog about. So, no, you’re not the only one. :)
If I don’t see you at church tonight….I’ll know where to look :)
You make me laugh!
My husband changed jobs every three years until now we have been here for 7 years. He is not a minister, but in education. (And technically he did change positions in that time so his streak is still good, but this is the longest we have been in one house!) It is funny…about our fourth year I looked around and thought, “My goodness, there are cobwebs and clutter everywhere!” Part of that was staying put. Part of that was 3 kids now! Now we are facing another move–if you think about it in your cleaning, please pray for me. We are in a small town now, but we are looking to go to an even smaller town! I know you can relate. Enjoy your cleaner house! I love that feeling of accomplishment…and the fact that it won’t need doing again for another long time, or a move whichever comes first!
No, you’re not the only one that wants to relish that sense of accomplishment in your home! It happens so few times around our home, that I’m all about capturing the moment. One thing we’ve never done in our lifetime is plant a garden. Well, we did this year and I go out every night to take pictures of its growth. I think there might be more photos of that garden on our computer right now than photos of my children’s faces. What in the world is that about? Maybe I should have them lean down beside the green beans so I can have them in the picture too! ;)
Understood and I’m working on the same thing, only a little more slowly :)
I with you completely. I've been in my new home for almost two years. I still call it new because we're still not completely settled.
I will stand & stare at a freshly made bed!! That's how little it takes to make me happy. :)
My closet is a sad place…one of these days, I’ll put everything where it belongs, and I too will be able to see the floor!! Good luck under the bed!!
You shall be free indeed, sister!
This is one of those things that will weigh a woman down in stress.
I say…..GO DECLUTTER-ER GIRL! You can do it!
I can relate to the moving around. We’ve finally settled in one spot for the last five years and, mercy, the mess grows. Cleaning is always invigorating and I love to “organize” a space. Unfortunately, I am not very good at maintaining the organizational plan. Oh, well, I can’t do everything:)
Have a great day.
We could both exchange notes on how to pack, when to pack, what to keep close. We have had 23 moves in 28 years & I think I could own a moving company by now!
Lisa, PLEASE keep the accomplishments coming. Here’s hoping it might motivate me to do something with the clothes that need packing up and the basement that’s seen better days. But I will be genuinely cheering on every last project you tackle and say “done!”.
I had this mental image of you saying “cover me, I’m going in for the flip flop!” LOL
Sounds like you really had a great time. I love how God uses everyone in so many dif. ways, and how He is so faithful to shine in us through all things, even our weakness.
I have been there.
Like you, we’ve moved a ton. We lived in our last house (the one still on the market) for four years. That the longest we’ve been anywhere. (And we’ll be married 16 years tomorrow. Good gravy, the time flies.)
Since I’ve been there, I can also confidently and joyfully say: Persevere! Getting rid of the clutter and junk is HUGELY gratifying. When we moved to the townhouse, we purged in such a huge way. I went through EVERY box (for the first time since we got married) and opened every file. It took me MONTHS, but it was such a good feeling to slim down. It was incredibly freeing.