It seems to happen in bursts for me. I go into a frenzy of cleaning, de-cluttering, and organizing and well, I’m having another burst! My recent and current projects:
Boys’ Room – I painted it RED! James helped move the furniture and disassemble the bunk-beds and together we came up with a new layout for their room. Alex and Jackson each have their own space and it seems to be helping them in keeping their room cleaner. I found a couple of rocket paintings at Goodwill half off and need to hang those on the wall, as well as apply corkboard to the back of Alex’s bookshelf. Anyone know a good adhesive to use for that so the corkboard won’t fall off?
Our Bedroom – All linens have been washed and clothes put away. I finally put the down comforter up and away in the closet after an unseasonably cooler summer. It’s August for crying out loud and I shouldn’t need that big ol’ thing at night to keep warm!
I squeezed the rocking chair into the layout and cleared out space in the closet – I’m thinking for baby clothes/diapers/blanket storage space. I finally hung up Izzy’s dresses in the closet, down low where she can reach them. 😉
I also went through Izzy’s armoire and cleared out all the diapers. She’s been potty-trained for over a month now and certainly doesn’t need them anymore. More than half of the diapers are headed for the trash since they were in that poor of shape! Mama is going to HAVE to go diaper shopping after Christmas. The basket that held all the diaper covers is also in poor shape and needs to be replaced, on the to-do list.
Kitchen – Swept and mopped. I feel like I’ve gotten a handle on the food storage and freezer space after a few months of overload. An inventory list has been made of the spices and herbs and one will soon be made for the freezers.
James has been helping me with meal planning, which makes all the difference in the world! I have no problem shopping, prepping, and cooking meals when I know what’s coming. We planned 16 meals in a single round. I’m eating better and feeling better for it too!
Living and Play Room – Mainly maintaing some sense of order, or at least pretending. I need to attack the top of the entertainment center and work on a few toys solutions, but that will come in time.
Outside – My parents gave us a wonderful used riding lawn mower for our anniversary last month! This has been a huge help and inspired James to do a bit of extra yard work. He trimmed all the bushes, weeded the various beds, and even mulched the front bed! I followed his lead and have been working on the kids’ storage shed in the back. It had lots of left-over toys, broken, toys, and leaves galore, so I’ve been working a little each week to clear out and get rid of a bit more. I’ve cut the stuff at least in half and got rid of the leaves today! Jackson thinks he has a new clubhouse and all the kids can play in there comfortably with bikes and all in there with them!
Homeschool – I’ve been a planning maniac! I’m so excited for Alex’s third grade year and all that we have planned: farming, Old Testament, building structures, fiber arts, Native American and Jewish studies! The planning is about done, a book wishlist made, and a few supplies ordered.
We’re trying to slide back into our rhythm this month and start full lessons come September. Circle time has been sorely missed, as have the activities that follow. I’m loving this re-connecting time with all the kids.
Holiday Planning – I have a few gifts done and ready to go. I’m working on a few more and got another idea this week for another project. I still have high hopes of finishing most of my sewn and knitted gifts before October.
Baby Prep – Um, we’re having a baby soon? One would think that nesting behavior would include some baby preparation, but not really so in my case. I finally thought to get out the newborn diapers and start to rip out nasty worn-out elastic, but that’s the only baby task happening. There is nothing in our house or car for that matter that indicates that we’re expecting a baby in as little as 8 weeks. Honestly though, what does a baby need!?
Well, we do need to start looking at minivans since a fourth carseat will not under any circumstances fit into our current family vehicle.