The busier I am the more I believe in cutting down clutter and the more I work to get rid of the excess in my house. As a working mother I can confidently say that I am busier now than I have ever been in my entire life.
The good thing about this is that it’s easy for me to see now what is necessary and what is just getting in my way. If it’s not worth putting it away ten times a day and Isobel dragging it out eleven times, it’s not worth it. The things I’m willing to pick up over and over have earned their spot in my home.
That’s not to say that I don’t like things or want things. My wish list is as long as anybody else’s and going to Target is a trip into temptation. I’m trying really hard to be very selective with what I get, however, choosing things that are useful and beautiful at the same time. I’m trying to be less of an impulse shopper and more of a ‘am I going to still want and use this in five years’ shopper.
Struggling with Isobel’s toy situation has lead me to realize that she just has too many. She still has all kinds of toys more suited to younger children. She also has duplicate copies of board books. At lunch today I went through some things to give to Kingston who is just starting to interact more with the world around him. I can’t wait to see his little face as he plays with them.
Life for me just keeps getting busier and I’ve noticed that I enjoy myself more when I’m concentrating on living life and not on the things I own. I thought I’d have more time ahead of me than ever, but now that the layoff is rescinded things have changed. I might, in fact, be busier than I am now: there’s a rumor going around that my job will change and I will be taking care of two school library sites instead of one, dividing my time between the two. I should find out more for sure next week.