I have realized a few things.
I am hosting Christmas this year for at least one gathering. I split this duty with one of my SILs and this year is my turn. Then my kid noted that for her entire life, she has travelled on Thanksgiving and she for once would like everyone here. So back up the entertaining truck by about a month. (Next up, convincing everyone to come here – ha ha ha.)
Then add in the idea that we moved here 5 years ago this spring. Grad school is done, elementary school will be done in less than 2 weeks.
And lastly, my kid is off to camp for 7 weeks of the summer. Like drop off on Sunday-see you on Friday camp. Like she’s gone during the evenings camp.
All of this has brought me to the thought that it is time for a deep clean. We never painted or anything when we moved in. It was freshly painted and carpeted at the time, and so we moved in. One smart thing we did was put a lot in the garage and it had to earn its way into the house. But now it is time for a deep clean of everything. The seasons of life move on and we have a change in our season. I’m home more and Renee is entering junior high. The need for play dishes and My Little Ponies and all of that is diminishing. She loves to create art, lots and lots of art. Her expressive ways have changed. It’s time for a junior high room, with bunk beds and posters and creative space. She is nearly my height, so all of the 42” bookcases can be replaced with regular 6 foot ones (all bedrooms have those loft/cathedral ceilings). She has started a musical instrument and we need a music space.
You get the idea.
So I have made a schedule of what to clean and when. It’s all baby steps. It has to be. There are also several rooms underway at once in different stages, as I get bored and lose hope easily enough. But by the time school starts, 3 of our 4 bathrooms will be done (only ours will be left), all 3 bedrooms will be decluttered, 2 of them will be redecorated, with painting if required, etc. It will be easier with Renee out of the way. For the record, she has been informed of this, as she will need to live in the guest room while I do her room.
I’m excited for how it will look when it is done. I’m also excited about how I will feel when it is done. Sadly, there are about the same amount of living spaces in the house to do once the ones I’ve targeted are done. Guess how my fall will be spent?
So with that I am revising my UFO goal to 12 for the year. I have 3 done and I missed April. I have 5 underway right now and I am bound and determined to finish those 5. I just cannot get it all done, and I am OK with that, as long as some of my goals get done. A clean house is highly underrated, but definitely a necessity.
So the updates will be about both things now. I’m so excited for both.
Oh, and I attempt to garden too. I’m a nut.
PS I've decided I'm going to quilt one of the 5 UFOs underway in sections and join them, plus I got another sandwiched today.