Freshening Up

A few of the YouTubers I subscribe to have collaborated for a “Homestead Homemaking” series. The goal is getting focused on Christ, house cleaning, and making houses feel homey. Since I started watching their videos, I’ve been inspired by these women to take responsibility and joy in my own home and faith walk. 

The first step was to de-clutter. I define clutter as anything that is out of place, superfluous, disorganized, or messy, or that hinders progress in any of those areas. So I de-clutter, spiritually, as well as physically. The physical clutter has proven more stubborn to remove. Mostly because not all of it needs to be thrown out, as much as it just needs a place to be stored. 

Since we haven’t ventured down to the creepy basement since we moved here in October, it’s still dirty, and creepy and I don’t really trust it to be water proof or critter-free. That said, the basement is looking better and better as a storage area for all the upstairs closet overflow.

No doubt I need to just get rid of some clothing, but since I’ve had 2 kids in 2 years, I really don’t know what size I am apart from maternity clothes so I’m hanging on to a bunch of stuff, pending this last 20 pounds or so.

Anyway, amidst all the tidying, I’ve gotten a routine set for my daily chores (take  that sink full of dirty dishes!) And for my son. We spend a lot less time squabbling and more time just enjoying each other’s company and I am better able to facilitate learning when I don’t have to fight the messiness or clutter, and my anxiety level has diminished greatly.

That’s not to say everything is immaculate- it isn’t. Check out this clean laundry in the living room:

But overall, everything is running more smoothly and I’ve found that I have time to do things I didn’t think I did! 
Including giving the ol’ blog a facelift. It’s still not quite what I had in mind, but it’s certainly freshened up a bit. So that’s it really, new look, same content.

Otherwise, the only thing going on here is a lot of anticipation for our honeybees to arrive next month.

OH YEAH! and this sweetie pie is now a permanent resident

This is Sadie. 

She joined our pack last night. Basically, we wanted a dog that would let my son snuggle, would be a playmate for Cyd, (she’s still trying to assert dominance, so… We’ll get there eventually.) and I don’t know, I just have a really hard time turning something that cute away. She is a year old husky, spayed, and potty trained (thank goodness!) And she thinks she’s a lap dog, the big ol’ baby. Her previous owner is having health issues that prevented her from giving Sadie the care she needs. So anyway, one thing led to another, and now Sadie’s snoozing on my lap while I nurse a baby and write this post.

Honestly, there’s still a hole in my heart left by our Anna Beth girl. I will always love and miss her. And Sadie certainly isn’t a replacement. But as they say, nature abhors a vacuum, and apparently so does our “pack”. And currently, you’d think our carpet abhors a vacuum, but that’s something different entirely.šŸ˜‹

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