Tuesday, March 9, 2010

"Phenomenol Cosmic Powers, Itty-Bitty Living Space"

Sometimes I get so overwhelmed around here. I'm sure I have mentioned this before, but so I don't have to go and find it, I'll just say it again:

My home is 1532 sq.ft. Three bedrooms. The kids' rooms are about 12' X 10' each, and in case you missed it, I have five children.

Having four boys and one girl, then, makes the room sharing thing kind of awkward. I've always had Conner (4 years old) and Makenna (5 years old) in a room together, and then the older three boys in the other room. I've since moved Conner in with the boys, and Makenna has her own room. Let me say, though, that this has nothing at all to do with her, and everything to do with me. I desperately want to decorate a really girly room, and I just can't do that with Conner in there. (Although, HE wouldn't mind a bit!) So, he's out.

Anyway, the piano is in the entryway, on the tile, so when someone is playing it, it is SO LOUD. And it's right on the other side of my bedroom wall, so it's doubly loud.

The computer is in my bedroom, because there is nowhere else to put it, so I often have "visitors".

What I'm trying to say here, is we are busting at the seams! Some days I get really optimistic and I think "Oh, we're fine. Our house is a mansion compared to what so many have." You know what? That's true, and I am so thankful to have it. I just can't figure out how to make it functional. I want a beautiful home, but I MUST have a functional home. It has to work, you know what I mean?

So, anyway, I've been thinking about how to make it a more comfortable place for us, and then I happened across this post, by way of this post. How I love the blogosphere! I love that I can find the inspiration I need out there, through a couple of women I've never met. How cool is that?

What did I learn? I need to PURGE so much of what is in this house! I need to start, one room at a time, and get rid of half of what I own. Don''t get me wrong, I'm not a hoarder, we're just...full. Really full. For so long I've kept things, thinking "one day I'll have a bigger house", and maybe I will, but today I don't, and today, I have to live.

So, here I go. I'll try to keep you posted on my progress! And thank you, to Shawni and Sarah, two women who probably don't even realize the good that they do.

By the way, if any of you feel like doing something good, click here.


Eden said...

I'm needing to do the same thing. So when Adam's sister came to visit Monday night (leaving Tuesday morning), I sent her with 3+ bags of clothes for her daughter (1 yr younger than Morgan) and all of Morgan's leftover diapers and pullups. Felt good to get rid of.

Now to finally sell the items I want to sell on CraigsList and eBay!

Thompson Family said...

I am in desperate need of purging out the crap in my house as well. It's kind of ridiculous how much stuff my two little ones have. I feel overwhelmed by it a lot because I just don't know where to start, but I guess the key is to start and move from there. Thanks for the inspiration I needed today to get some of it done!

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