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De-Cluttering a Kid’s room

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I’m sorry to say that my boy’s room has been a mess for quite some time.  Telling him to clean it up wasn’t working at all and just got him and me frustrated. Then a friend at church introduced me to www.flylady.net and the routines I’ve picked up from FlyLady’s advice has made a huge difference.

Today, my son and I used a tool from FlyLady to help us to clean up his room:  bags marked Throw Away, Put Away and Give Away.  We took it in 15 minute chunks and over two hours we went from the Before to After in the pictures below.  It’s not perfect, but it’s certainly Good Enough that after we make his bed properly again, and finish putting away the things that need to go to other places in the house, he’ll have room and time to play with his model trains once more.

Before De-Cluttering

After De-Cluttering

FlyLady is right: You can’t organize clutter.  It has to go, leaving only the things you really love and use.

This is only a beginning for us, but we’re already seeing a big difference in our home. 🙂


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February 10, 2010 at 6:34 pm

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Snow and Memory

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A snowstorm like from days gone by

February 6th has been very memorable over the years, but one thing that seems to be consistent about it is that on the most memorable days,  it snowed.

Twelve years ago, I received a phone call on the night of February 6th from my father.  He told me to sit down, and then told me bluntly that my mother had died at age 58, a bit more than a month shy of her 59th birthday.

It had snowed in upstate PA, where I lived at the time, but that same storm that had dumped snow on us, had been far worse in Ohio.  She was alone at home, having left work feeling ill, and suffered a heart attack in the early hours of the morning.  It had been snowing heavily since the previous day, and even if someone else had been there with her to call 911, there would have been no way for the EMTs to get to her house out in the country in time to save her life because of not-yet-plowed roads.

I’ve been missing her a lot lately, but when I realized that we were having the kind of weather that marked the night of her death, I had very mixed feelings about the snow storm that kept us inside our house and off the roads.  It was beautiful and awe-inspiring to see the power of winds and ice and tiny snowflakes to bring to a halt the activity of mankind, even if only on a temporary basis.  But it was sad too, bringing back memories of 12 years ago.

I suppose that my mother’s death was meant to be.  Had she been able to be resuscitated, there would have likely been a significant diminishment in her quality of life.  Two years prior, she had suffered a high sugar episode that caused some brain damage before the doctors got her stabilized again, and she hated knowing that she used to have mathematical abilities before that she could no longer access.  Perhaps it really was better this way.

And so now, when I see snow, I do miss my Mom… but I’m trying harder to think of all the good memories that I have of her instead of the sad few that tend to be the first to jump to my mind.  That’s a good goal to work on!

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February 7, 2010 at 4:12 pm

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Counting my Blessings…

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Snow, cold, grumpy kids, work to do…. what is there to be happy about?

  • Hearing my husband’s breathing while he slept next to me.
  • The cat that greeted me this morning with a snuggle and a purr.
  • How pretty the snow looks from inside the house.
  • The scent of freshly made hot chocolate… and the yummy gooiness of melting marshmallows in it.
  • Knowing that my Dad is seriously thinking about moving to our area by the end of the summer and will finally get to build a relationship with his grandchildren. 🙂
  • Not losing my temper with my younger sister when she called me at an inconvenient moment.
  • Knowing that I have friends who are praying for me and my family.

My goal is to find at least one good thing a day to think about that makes me smile or feel better.  There’s too much nay-saying and negativity in this world.  Why should I add to it unnecessarily?

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February 7, 2010 at 2:50 pm

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