Two weeks ago I started the Summer Challenge. The first week went really well. I felt good. The house was looking very good. I knew, I just knew it was all going to go according to plan.
Ahhh, and then the grandchildren came. All 7 of them. Okay, well I have 13 grand kids, so not all of them came. But we’re talking 7 extra kids – 10 if you include the 3 of my own I have at home this summer – ages 11 years old to 7 months. Plus the grownups I am also cooking for.
I just want to say: I’ve given up.
The house is a disaster. Again.
I’ve had 9 kids – ages 11 and under – in my house for an entire week and they’ll still be here next week. It’s wonderful. Really! I adore these children. I love, love, love having them here. I wouldn’t trade this time for anything. And that is the honest truth.
So, perhaps my dreams of having a perfectly clean house in 6 weeks were a bit lofty. Even more lofty were the ideas I had when I went ahead and bought the primer to get my kitchen repainted this week.
What was I thinking?
Anyway, I came across this great plan for de-cluttering your home in 40 days from Keepers of the Home. There’s even a free printable for you to follow along with! Since I have been working to unload major stuff over the last few months so that we can living a less cluttered, more meaningful life, I thought this plan was fantastic and I wanted to share!
How’s your challenge coming? Are you seeing the light at the end of the tunnel? Or have things not gone according to plan as in my case?
Homemaking is so much more than cleaning a house, cooking food, and making sure your family has clothes to wear. Homemaking is about nurturing a spirit of warmth, comfort, and love in your home.