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De-cluttering

A day off spent cleaning the house.

Today was spent tidying the house. Tomorrow the crawl space is being cleaned and sanitized so the laundry room etc… needed some tlc. Almost every room in the house got a bit of attention. My friend came over to visit with the understanding that there would be cleaning going on. Thank goodness for friends. They are always there for you when you need them. Even when you may not feel like company. She helped me clean and our kids had a play date. I’m very grateful.

It will be a joy putting all of our seasonal decorations and other paraphernalia in the crawl space. Hopefully the garage will finally start taking shape as something other than a Rubbermaid tote wasteland. All of my husbands old sports trophies can go under there too!

I’m still doing laundry and the dishwasher is running at 8:44 at night. Chores are never done. I wish we had a live-in nanny like Mary Poppins to keep the house and children clean. Once the house is completely uncluttered (ha ha) I will wrap it all in plastic wrap so that I will never have to clean again. It’s a dream anyways 🙂 not the plastic part but the never having to clean part.

Today I gave my friend a copy of the school newspaper we worked on together half a lifetime ago. She was shocked I still had it. Even more shocked when I told her I still had a few more copies. An old bowling plaque that proclaimed that once upon a time in the 80’s Stephanie was on a bowling team made it into the garbage bag. It’s too damaged to donate and not recyclable. Why was I keeping these things?

In reality my house is not that untidy or cluttered. There are pockets of excess that are being worked on all the time. We do have two kids, jobs and the craziness that comes from life. Minimalism should maximize our ability to get the most out of life.

What are you keeping in your home that doesn’t make any sense?

~Stephanie

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About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.

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