02 September 2010

Fighting chaos

I haven't written anything in a while. We moved. And life is absolute chaos. Seriously.
We have lived with my parents for the past two years. TWO YEARS. We get along with my parents and they were not there all that much: all in all, it went well. But, my mom's house is full of STUFF. It's not all her fault, though. My parents have six kids and each of us has left things under beds, hanging in closets and stuffed into dressers as we moved on in our lives. She's too nice to just toss it all, so add all that STUFF together, and you have a full house. We squeezed the bare minimum of our things and ourselves into that house. It was only supposed to be for a few months. A year and a half later, we added a baby and all the STUFF that comes with them. It was a tight fit, so I'm very happy to be in our own place and glad that we have our belongings out of storage.
The chaos, though, is a result from my STUFF. After my experience these past two years, I decided to really get tough and get rid of all the unnecessary junk in my life. Unfortunately, I only have so much time to go through things. I have boxes to be gone through under my desk, next to my bed, shoved in shelves and closets... it's everywhere. It's going to drive me crazy, I think. It's hard knowing where to start. If I could get through everything in the closets, then I could actually store things in there that I want to keep, and that would bring peace to the house. If I start under the desk, I'll be going through papers for the next week, but it would make life here much more pleasant, and I just might find that box of checks that I need. The boxes near my bed need to go, but that will require my going through clothing and I'll have to decide what's worth hanging on to for the baby to grow in to and what can be donated. Then there are my many projects in different stages of creation. They need a home... the closet maybe?
So that's where I've been and where I will be for a while. Trying to tame this beast called STUFF!


  1. Hey Girl! Surprise! I thought you were just a watcher and last night I noticed you had the B in front of your name! Duh! So here I am!
    We moved into this house five ((yep, that's 5) years ago, and it still isn't all sorted out. I don't mean to discourage you. I had a big 6 room house and DH had 6 room house and we are STILL downsizing for this little 2 bedroom, 1 bath and a great room (kitchen and living room combination, only not so great). I have a back hallway that is the laundry (stacked), pantry, and storage area and is the size of a normal bathroom.
    I own more space bags than most people and even have a small dresser crammed in my closet - so you have to lean in and grab what it is you want! The house has greatly improved since we moved in, I have thrown away a bunch of stuff - I live too far in the country to make a yard sale worth while (yes, I did try it - sold $1 worth) We have donated a lot of things. Our biggest problem is the paperwork, he just can't seem to get rid of any of it - most unopened. And then there is the change, he will unload his pockets and leave the contents on the nearest level spot, I bet he has change in a dozen different spots. If I take it, he says I took it - like I was stealing. We have a my pennies his pennies type of thing going on. It's ridiculous!
    Good luck with your STUFF and I understand how overwhelming it can all be!
    Have a great day!

  2. Hi Sharon! I was wondering when you were going to stop by. :) I know this battle is going to last my entire life, but at least I'm not a hoarder!