So. Howdja do?
Did you complete your 50, 50, 50?
To reiterate, did you get rid of 50 things in your life?
I completed a deep clean of my downstairs, as well as my closet. I got rid of 2 dozen (!!!) dvds. I emptied a cabinet, reorganized a cluttered area of my kitchen put the kids homework tools where they'd be better utilized, moved a desk from my office into the playroom - which is becoming less a playroom and more a kids office/study space.
I got rid of three bags of miscellaneous junk from the downstairs. Then I was merciless with my closet. I'm holding a clothing swap in two weeks, and so I took any piece of clothing I hadn't worn in months and put it in a pile for the swap. I have less clothes now, but they are ones that I will wear.
And I can always buy more.
With a conservative estimate, I'd say I cleared out about 150 pieces of stuff.
And I needed to do it. Needed to simplify my life, make some changes, make things easier and less cluttered, more streamlined for myself.
Because I got a job, yo.
I'm working for the Blogher company - the ones whose ads I host on my sidebars, the one whose reviews I do - as a Producer for the reviews - I work with bloggers. It's a good fit and I'm super excited -
but it's 40 hours and I need to be super duper organized to be the sole caregiver of six kids - even though 2 are sort of close to being grown, they still need lots of attention - juggling four schools, 2 instruments, extra curricular activities, performing arts school, funeral ministry, cooking, laundry, groceries, etc etc etc.
And I pulled Emma from her martial arts tonight - yes, three months from black belt. She can always go back to it. After three weeks of crying all the time, I've got a stomach ache, not passing her tests, loving to run with the cross country team but hating to run for time with the Black Belt group and tears falling into her dinner because she's still got hours of homework after two martial arts classes + clarinet practice + she still wants to be a little kid - and I've got conference calls and work at dinner time - something's gotta give.
And it's not going to be my nerves. And it's not going to be my kid.
I'm including that in the 50. I'm sad to see that part of my life go - I have a ton of friends there and it's been home for us for more than 5 years - but I've got to do what works for me.
How about you? Did you get at least 50 things out of your house?