I'm having a frustrating day. You see, I set out to do a deep clean on the house because things have a way of getting out of place when you have a family of seven (Woah, I have a family of seven! Weird.) But the more cleaning I do, the more frustrated I find myself. Why do we have so much junk, and why is it so hard to get rid of it?
You wouldn't believe how many boxes and trash bags we have stuffed full of things to donate or throw away. Stuff has a way of multiplying in our household. I think I've gotten rid of so much crap (I really don't think there's any other word suitable), but then I find another box or ten of the most random stuff and wonder why I even packed it in the first place.
For years, my husband and I have toted around boxes of stuff from house to house- stuff we never unpacked, stuff we just stacked in the garage or a closet and said we'd get to it later.
I hate going through our stuff. I hate it because, before going through these boxes, I didn't even remember I had some of this stuff, and then when I go through it I have a hard time letting it go... even though I clearly didn't think about it or need it before!
When you have a large family, you have to be highly organized, which is one reason why we keep getting rid of more and more stuff. But organizing and filtering through stuff causes me so much anxiety that I often pass the job to my husband (at least the filtering part) because it puts me in a state of turmoil. I don't need the stuff, but I want to cling to it, and I know if he goes through it, he can pack stuff away into a box to give away and I won't ever miss it... as long as I don't see it. He's also wise enough to know which things should be kept.
We really have a desire to be minimalists but when you're a homeschooling parent, it's easy to think you should keep all these things that you don't really need because you might need them one day.
Sometimes I wish my mom would do as she did when I was a kid- come into my house and give it a good cleaning, getting rid of things I don't need and putting everything back into it's place.
That'd be nice, right?