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36 days till xmas, and sorting through the rocks

Friday, November 18, 2011

when I grew up every year before xmas my mother would clean the entire house, every corner, every closet, every window. she would go through every thing in the house, sort it through, and either keep it, toss it out, or give it away. we would not have the tree up until the entire house was ready for xmas.

the other day I've talked to my older sister about it, how we hated it, how we dreaded the help, especially the kitchen cupboards, and every dish we had to wash by hand while on xmas break while our mother was at work. but saying this, now that we are older we have finally learned to appreciate the purpose of this "ritual." I haven't been able to do it since pretty much the kids came along. there were times when I was overwhelmed by responsibilities of a young mother, dealing with my emotional eating, or dealing with hectic work schedule later on. but this year I've decided to turn the whole house upside down so to speak. I am going through every room, every closet, every corner, reorganizing, clearing, cleaning and going through things that don't serve us purpose anymore, that need to find a new place or even a new home, that need to be cleaned, polished and refreshed. I have 36 days to do so, and the sooner I'm done with all of this, the sooner the xmas tree will be up :)

I have started to purge through my clothes first. this was the most freeing thing I have done in a very long time. for one I know now what I have and what I will need soon to get.

today I've attacked my son's room. We have moved his furniture around, and we went through every lego block, every hot wheel car, every toy, even through every rock he managed to collect in there ;) today I feel overwhelmed with the task I took upon myself, and yes, myself mostly as this is something I need to do for myself, but at the same time I feel the sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. I have finally learned to appreciate something I've hated so much through so many years, I have decided to tackle the major cleaning myself, and early enough to be still able to celebrate xmas on time ;)
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  • SABLENESS
    Great idea. I feel so overwhelmed sometimes by just trying to keep up with what I've got.
    3110 days ago
  • CEKER9
    I know what you are talking about... my Mom cleaned the house before putting up the decorations. I used to do it too until work got in the way. Mom was a "stay-at-home Mom" and I was a working Mom. I'm going to do the clean house bit... but after the first of the year. I always enjoyed the time, it felt like Christmas opening all the drawers and closets as you never knew what was waiting for you there!!!

    I trust you enjoy the process and feel *WONDERFUL* and lighter... body, mind, and spirit at the conclusion!
    3116 days ago
  • SENATOR9
    great idea .The junk we keep year after year.I would have to start in July to be ready by Christmas.Good luck
    3116 days ago
  • BLOSSOM2344
    Sounds like you have things well in hand. Just take it one day at a time one room at a time. emoticon
    3117 days ago
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