Getting Clear

The Flylady method has returned to this house…after not that long an absence really, because I do try to keep her teachings in my mind…it’s just following them that can be tricky for me…I allow myself to grow overwhelmed all too often because there is just so much on my to do list…
The Flylady method is—fifteen minutes at a time. Pick a closet. Pick a room. Pick a spot in one room. Work there for fifteen minutes…go…
Yes, there is a lot more to her teachings…that shine your sink before bed is still one of those golden rules for me…one I have had to let go of since my toddler arrived, because dishes duty became someone else’s job…and allowing that person to do that job her way, in her time…even though I want to beat my head against a wall … to put it mildly…I have to do that, for my own sanity, and to teach her how to run her own household one day…
Anyway, this weekend, we pulled the front door down and began our journey towards prettifying the house a bit—the front door is first…little did we realize how effective the cold could be at preventing a coat of paint from drying…but hey, we got there. One door down, the car port door yet to do. Then the shutters on the front of the house—since we can’t take them off—I would prefer to throw them away—they are non-essential things…and they are ugly. Most of the houses around here have them—which is probably another reason I would like to be rid of them, but that’s just me. We’re stuck with them, quite literally, and so paint them I shall. Then the columns for the front porch and carport. And I want to get all of the painting done before the end of this month…fingers crossed and prayers uttered…it took all day this weekend to slather two coats of paint onto that front door and get it dry…but now that it is re-hung and there—it is gorgeous and we are all much happier with it. So, hopefully, that helps get people here motivated to continue this painting project in a timely manner.
Drying time gave me time to hit other sore spots inside the house for me—I have a list of things I need to do…need to get done…and I know…I only have so many spoons per day, and that amount changes day by day, so for now, until I am in a better space, my goal is one item off my list per day—and then whatever else I can do, I do, as I am able to do…whether that is writing, painting, sketching, reading, knitting, cooking or whatever…I get there when I get there. That is my mantra these days.
This weekend, I was able, in fifteen minutes, to completely clean out and purge two cabinets in our kitchen. Our worms will be well fed over the winter. That is actually a relief. Our resident worm feeder was more than lax in taking scraps out for the worms over the summer, so I stopped stockpiling them…the flies and gnats were getting to me—much less the smell—let’s leave it at that…the worms are well taken care of, trust me, and always well fed—just not as well fed as they could be. But, two cabinets cleaned out and cleaned up—and this enabled me to pull stuff off the over-full counters and put them in the cabinets…and that alone was this huge sigh of relief for me. It’s one tiny step forward in this gigantic dance of trying to get things under control and clean around here.
My next ‘big task’ is scrubbing all the doors to the cabinets…how they became so gross is beyond me…but they are splattered–nope, I am a lot more careful when I am painting/painty, so it is not me—but I am not the only painter in the house—we be three—and one is three—and the youngest is terrific when he is done painting…never have you seen someone so young do such an intricate dance from one side of the house to the other so he can get into the shower without having touched anything on his journey to the bathroom…
But, such small things, they mean so much here…they make living here easier until we can move on…there is a new energy here lately…we have been cleaning and rearranging and painting and moving and purging and donating…one bedroom has been entirely redone…and the second bedroom is waiting for a bit of new furniture before we turn it on its ear. We are working here.
I keep trying to explain here…if we can shift the energy here, if we can find that space to live harmoniously, even in a place where we don’t particularly care to be on any level…slowly, as I work my own way through things and put things into a better, a higher order, that message is getting through to those around me…and that is all I can ask…cooperation and forward motion…so we can keep moving towards our goals until we attain them…
That’s all I can do…

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