Do you like to rearrange rooms in your house? It’s kind of an annual thing around here. We get an itch to move the kids into different bedrooms and clean everything while getting rid of junk. The problem here is that my kids do this totally rude thing of growing up and developing new interests and needing space for their new equipment or work, so we have to find ways to accommodate their growth.
In this case, in addition to growing needs, a room became available. Our oldest daughter, after spending the summer in Dallas, decided to stay there for a little longer. So she came home for a couple of weeks and we spent time getting her room packed up. I also got to do some fun shopping with her because the temps are significantly colder where she will be and she needed to warm up her wardrobe.
OK, that’s not completely true. I would have taken her shopping anyway.
I would have taken her shopping even if the temps were the same. I wanted to help her set up for success and my way of doing that is though clothing and closet organizers. We had a great time together!
On Saturday morning she left with her packed-to-the-gills car and the other kids and I got started cleaning the room out and prepping it for the new tenants. It’s a 2 room combo so my 2 daughters still at home decided to move into it and share the large space. While some of the kids moved stuff from where the girls were before, 2 boys and I scrubbed and arranged and cleaned while it was emptyish.
I can not express how good it feels to know that every inch of that space is super clean. I expect it to last no more than 3 days.
By about 4:00 Saturday afternoon I was so tired you would have thought I had moved one of the pyramids in Egypt one enormous brick at a time. I was literally falling over. I told the kids I needed an hour to rest and I closed my bedroom door. I may have even slammed it a little…. not out of frustration but from being too exhausted to take the one step necessary to close it gently.
I napped so hard that my face had marks in it and I had no idea where I was when I woke up.
Later that evening I did manage, with the help of the boys, to put away the junk that had exploded its way into my living room. That’s how room rearranging goes. You pick up something and don’t know where to put it so you dump it in the living room. My house was a disaster area. A friend asked for pictures to prove my house was mess, which I did not take for fear of seeing them later and having nightmares. Just imagine an episode of hoarders and you will have a pretty good idea of what my house looked like.
I am going to have an intervention on myself pretty soon. I keep WAY too much STUFF!
We did manage to get the living space of our home pretty well picked up, ordered pizza and all went to bed too tired to even think about the next day. Thankfully I had prepped our Sunday clothes earlier in the week. If I hadn’t, we would probably have had to go with a toga theme for church.
Our pastor started a new series this weekend about loving one another, which I am super excited about. Love and forgiveness sounds so easy in theory, but in practice…. not always. If I hadn’t been so tired I might have gone up and told him how much I am looking forward to the next few weeks of his sermons. Maybe next weekend. Wait, no. We are moving the boys’ rooms next weekend. I’ll just have to send him an ecard.
This week I will be starting my big October project of finishing the first draft of my next book. I have been working on it, but I am planning a big push to finish it and get the editing process going. That’s part of why I want to get the kids all settled into their new spaces….. they need some attention from Mom before I go into my writing cave.
Lastly, my daughter and I went to see a movie called “Captive” while we were out shopping. It was pretty good for the 18 and up crowd (keep in mind we are SUPER conservative about what we let our under 18 kids see). The content was definitely adult in nature, but never went so far as to be disturbing. I’d give it a 3.5 out of 5 stars. And that’s just because I thought it could have used a little more of a point, but I like to be spoon fed in a movie. I’m lazy like that.
Have a great week!