Yesterday was very busy for us as a family, so I decided to go through the archives and bring back one of my previous posts. This one goes along with my purging fascination last week (my room is under attack this week. Brian chuckled when he walked into our room and saw that I had begun there..... and then he gasped when I told him I had attempted to move the bed but couldn't). I have done some editing since the original post was from June 2010.
I don't know how many times I have gone through my cabinets, drawers, closets,
and rooms, However, every time I look, nothing has really changed. Yes, I
familiarize myself with what I have. Yes, I put things back in their appropriate
places. Yes, I rearrange things. But nothing else changes.
I decided that
I had enough of that. So, I called in reinforcements, aka. my cousin, Lisa. Lisa
is one of those people who has an incredible gift of organization. She is the
one who organizes her church's VBS. She is the one who organizes her sons' youth
group fund raisers. She is the one who was serving sodas and cleaning
up the church kitchen during Faye's shower at the same time! She is the
one who assigns her children to match the lids with her containers, and the lids
or containers with no partners are tossed. She is the one who goes through her
closets and ruthlessly tosses things that have not been used recently. Toys that
are broken or missing parts are not safe near her. She is not a collector of
things. She uses what she has so that she and her husband of (now over) 25 years can do fun
activities with their 4 children. She is a do-it-now-why-wait-until-later
Having someone outside of your home come in to help you has
1) You have objective eyes looking at your things to
help you decide if you really need them. As I was explaining to her how
I got certain things or why I thought I needed to keep something, I realized how
silly I sounded. That really helped me toss/ move to the sell pile very
2) Just having someone there spurs you on and you find
yourself moving a little faster. At one point, Lisa and I were sitting
on the floor in the bathroom as I was going through the cabinets. All she had to
do was sit there, but somehow I found myself "in the zone" and I was able to
just get rid of quite a bit without any help.
3) If you have
someone like my cousin, you can glean so much mommy, wife, home, family and
woman tips. Just talking as we were working was so insightful and she
gave me so many ideas for my own home and marriage.
someone else there gives you another set of eyes for little ones while you are
busy working. Addie absolutely loves "Wasa", so she was thrilled to
have her here. While I was cleaning, Addie would bring a toy over to play with
Lisa or to show her. When she wanted to get another toy, Lisa would have her put
the first toy away before getting the next one. Lisa, being a wonderful mother
to her own 4 children, is great with Addie, and Addie knows she is loved by Lisa
and her family.
Lisa has come over twice now, and I cannot even begin to
tell you how much it has helped so far. We have cleaned out all of my kitchen
cabinets (including that mug cabinet I had mentioned once before), my two
dressers, the master bathroom cabinets and drawers, my side of the master
closet, and the laundry room. Still to go are the entry way closet, Addie's room
(dread!), the office (double dread!), the guest bathroom, the garage (triple
dread!), and the attic storage space (ugh!).
We will probably not
continue until after the (my sister's) wedding since Lisa's services have been called upon by
the bride-to-be, but it has been nice opening cabinets and not seeing "stuff".
The only things in my closets, cabinets, and drawers are things that I actually
use, wear, and need. And believe me, the less "stuff" you have, the simpler