Wednesday, September 24, 2008


Today is one of those days were I feel completely and absolutely overwhelmed with my life. Completely.

So I did what I do when I feel overwhelmed. I cleaned stuff out and threw stuff away. I have organized most everything in reach today(except the magnets on the fridge). It isn't helping. Yet.

The clutter of a home with children seems to consume everything in sight sometimes. I can't stand it. I was never a clutter-lover before kids and I'm sure as heck not one now it's just that most days I surrender to it. But then...things sneak up on me (emotional, physical, imagined, whatever...) and I feel completely overwhelmed by all the responsibilities that are my life. Since it's so chaotic *inside* me, I try to regain control by cleaning up what is *outside* of me.

And so I clean. Or, more accurately, declutter and reorganize. And I hope it helps.

(side note to Dakota: Thanks for taking the last remaining plant to work with you. You have no idea what a relief it is not to see it sitting on the kitchen counter. So really - thanks!)


Lynilu said...

"The clutter of a home with children" is certainly not my problem!! But I have so much clutter right now that it is discouraging. I'm trying to get as much of the long neglected yard work done before it gets too cold, so the inside is going by the wayside.

Uhmmm, can I borrow a kid for the excuse? Pleeeeze???

Kristen said...

I'm sorry you are so overwhelmed. Hope getting rid of some clutter helps.

A Jersey Girl said...

Ah, I was just telling my friend today that I am against Salmon Eating as I feel for the struggle they go through swimming up stream- I feel like I have been living it.

I am happy to read that I am not the only one.


Tribe Mama said...

I found you through Emily-no worries, I don't argue and I am her liberal side kick :)

I feel your pain, I HATE clutter, but the house is always crazy and cluttered and messy in my opinion. My husband and kids are fine with dropping and running, but it makes me crazy. I have found that having just one room picture perfect (aside from a clean kitchen, that is a necessity) makes me feel better, then I can go in and sit in the clean spot :)

Casey said...

Lynilu: Absolutely. Borrow away and's not even fibbing. A hosue with animals is just as chaotic as a house with children. :)

Kristen: Thanks.

Emily: Misery loves company and all, I guess. :) Sorry youare struggling too. Maybe it's just getting into the swing of a new routine and find what works (and what doesn't).

Triba Mama: Thanks - and welcome! :) I love your idea - maybe I'll make my bedroom be the one clean area (besides the kitchen because, like you, it HAS to be clean!). So many times I wish we had a family room./playroom so I could have the livingroom. Funny - I used to never see the point of a livingroom that was never used because the family hung out in the family room. I so, so, so get it now. :)

I hope you'll be back often.

Tribe Mama said...

Thanks for the welcome Casey!

I LIVE for my clean room, I love to be in there where it is quiet and clean and off limits to kiddos! So helpful on those really hard days, you can run away for five minutes and regroup.