Sunday, September 5, 2010

LAUNDRY, why all this laundry!!

O.K how come we only have 5 bodies living in the house and we have enough clothes to clothe a small army?? Seriously, I think I have got to pare down or I'll go insane from doing all this laundry. Not only is it washing current clothes we wear, but I am going through all the kids old bins of baby clothes and am going to give them to my younger brother, whose wife is due in March. But I can't just give her a big pile of I have to wash and put like outfits together, with matching socks etc. so she can easily see that this goes with that. I have to sort by size and by girl/boy clothes. Is this crazy?? Why do I care so much? Again, I think of all the times my kids wore these clothes and all the memories of them growing out of them and into the next cute outfit. I am treating them as if they were the sweet bums that once pooped on them. The truth is, my sister-in-law will probably go through them and toss the ones she doesn't like.

So anyways, my goal is to get rid of the clothes I know my kids have grown out of by the end of September, and also..get have 2 pairs of pajamas per kid MAX. I think I just went through the girls 2T bin and was astounded by around 27 pairs. I mean I love a good pair of jammies, but that is ridiculous. I partly blame Grandma who used to show up for a visit with 20 outfits in hand NO exaggeration. I keep telling her to put some money in a fund for the kids- but she thinks this is more fun. (adding to my laundry woes?)

I have thought about limiting each kid to 10 outfits plus 1 coat and 1 light jacket (depending on the season) Is this reasonable, or too strict? Right now their drawers are crammed full of clothes- a shirt drawer with 30 some odd pieces, drawers dedicated to pants, shorts, and socks and undies just full to the brim. I am not sure I can do it..10 oufits seems like so little, but when you think about all the time their outfits stay on my bench at the foot of my bed waiting to be put away- they probably grace the kids a whole 10 times before they are outgrown. GROWL. I am going to put pictures up when I get a chance- I think you will be horrified!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

I got rid of 50 things today...did you?

     So, today I was going to do a 21 purge...where you go through your house and bag up 21 things that you want to get rid of...
     I ended up getting rid of about 50 things...ok so I threw away a puzzle of 26 that I know was missing pieces and I counted every piece as an item. Hey, it is leaving my house right?
     I was proud that I got rid of 2 plastic grocery bags full of they are sitting on my porch and I need to decide if I want to get rid of more things and have a yard sale or just donate them to a thrift store.. or maybe just leave them on some random person's doorstep. That would be the easiest.

Here is a picture of the things that are no longer clogging the arteries of my home. YaY me!!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

What is this green apple home blog about anyways?

Hello friends,
     Have you ever walked into someone's house and you just felt relaxed and welcome. The cares of the world melted away and you looked around at the clean, crisp beauty of it all? You walked in the kitchen and in a beautiful bowl were some shiny gorgeous green apples. You felt that if you had an idea to do something- start a project, lose weight, start a business, run a marathon, anything...that it would all be possible?

     I call this a green apple home.

     Has that home ever been your own??

     I am starting this blog for me and you. Me, because it will help motivate me to do the things I should be doing anyways- getting rid of clutter, finding a place for everything and having everything in its' place. I have helped other people-friends and family get organized for some time now. Every job I have ever had has put me on projects organizing inventory, the nurses' station, the filing system...etc. So why is it harder to go through and make those same judgement calls with your own things?? Is it kids? Lack of energy? Sentimentality?

     Whatever the excuse- I can stand it no longer. I am going to repaint that treasure I found at the thrift store and repurpose it to have a beautiful life!!! I am going to have my ducks in a row. I have the know-how and I am going to apply it. Follow me on the journey, please encourage me on the way :)

Welcome to The Green Apple Home !