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 ;)