Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Nine Days into the New Year!

Goodness! Here we are 9 days into the new year. I've got a gagillion events to post about, but first I have to find the floor of my house after Christmas and our ski trip and New Years and Lyvia's 2nd birthday. The new year is supposed to be a time for us to have new beginnings, but honestly I can't even think about that until I find the floor. There is also a tidal wave of things to now go upstairs and I'll create a new mountain of chaos up there once we drag it that direction. Add childcare and putting food into children's stomachs to my list and I'm not sure I'll be able to ever get through all this!

Thank goodness for Chinese New Year -- it seems to arrive about the time I have finally recovered from all the Fall activies. I might just spend Jan 1st until Chinese New Year thinking about how I'd like the new year to start, but give myself that extra time to straighten our house up and declutter the attic and closets. I just can't "perfom" (and I mean all that Mommy stuff) with the house in disarray.

Anyone else start decluttering in January? Drives me crazy that our powerfilled homeowners association only allows two community garage sales a year and they are during a time of year I could never actually pull things out that I am ready to part with. Even then I don't hold a garage sale. We just stick it all on the driveway and put a free sign up -- we've given away camcorders, furniture, cameras etc. The best part for us is that we don't have to pack it up and haul it to the local thrift store. Also, you know all the parts to a toy or electronic item aren't going to be lost when you hand them over to the new owners -- I can only imagine how much stuff is dumped by Goodwill since they can't possibly keep everything I've dumped in a bag or box organized. I've also used freecycle to get rid of things, but if I have a lot, it takes awhile to schedule the pickups.

I may have cleared and found a bit of floor space today -- I better go defend it from the children!


Anonymous Barbara said...

Too funny, Lela!!!

I can relate as we have things from 3 households, all holding many wonderful memories that make it SO hard to pass on to others.... sigh! Even the grown kids want only so much.

I will say our prime rule in looking for this house was NO homeowner's association, no way, no how! The idea of no freedom on our own property was anathema to us and have we been happy that our land is really ours to care for. I highly recommend it if you're ever house hunting again (yeah, perish that thought!).

A belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from us in Virgina where we've just moved Rob's parents into the house next door. WHEW!

Hope you find more of the floor and suggest those with the young knees schlep the new stuff upstairs! Glad nobody broke a bone while skiing!

Cheers and hugs! Barbara :D

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