>If you give a mouse a cookie

>If projects were just straightforward then they’d probably get done in a timely manner before all the build up of emotional angst and avoidance anxiety. But they aren’t, and that’s why I’ve let things pile up and up and up. One thing can’t get done because some other thing needs to be done first, but that can’t be done because some other task or errand needs to be done before that. And on and on it goes.

In order to put the new wood floor in the guest room, we need to clear out the garage so The Tick can have a place for the saw and a place to work. In order to clear out the garage, I need to clear out the cottage garage to make room to move the stuff from the garage that should be in there. In order to clear out the cottage garage I need to clean out the storage shed. And in order to clean out the shed I need to get bookcases for the den.

Every project I’ve ever encountered somehow boils down to bookcases and that’s because The Tick and I cannot ever throw out a book. Ever.

Sadly, I live over an hour away from any stores that sell things like bookcases, so that means I need to take a day to go shopping for those. Sigh.

So now that I’ve seemingly conquered the emotional obstacles and put away my major distractions, I’m faced with all the practical impediments that hindered me in the first place and I’m back fighting all the feelings of overwhelm and defeat. It seems like a vicious cycle.

All I want is a nice, clean, neat, and orderly home. Is that too much to ask? I want to know where my crap is and I want to be able to go from room to room and see all my crap nicely and neatly organized and displayed. I am sick and tired of being made sick and tired by my crap. Crap.

So, I’m off to deal with my crap today. Luckily, The Tick is off work for the next few days and he can join me in our common efforts to gain control over our crap.

Have a delightful day.

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8 thoughts on “>If you give a mouse a cookie

  1. >I am feeling similarly overwhelmed today, and I am so glad to read that I am not the only one that struggles. I can’t seem to find a place to begin….I need to get my ds’s baby things put away, but that would require me cleaning out his closet. Then where do I put the stuff that was in the closet? The list of things that need to be done goes on and on. Yikes! In my circle of friends and acquaintances, the women all keep houses that are as clean and orderly as a museum. I am truly amazed that they can keep their houses looking so beautiful, but I am equally mystified how they find the time. Good luck on all of your projects! I am looking forward to hearing how they go.

  2. >I just came over from Making Home (I think???) and will check back to see if you’ve written your “up and coming” posts. My little ones are almost 4, 2, and another due in October, and I’d love to hear what you say about FTO and attachement parenting (both issues my husband and I talk through on a weekly if not daily basis). And I’m looking at using Sonlight Curriculum next year for Kindergarten. Wow! Can I just come over to your house and visit for awhile? =)

  3. >Yep, that’s one reason I forever put off projects. Where to put all the stuff when you’re dealing with the other stuff. That, and the fact that I never seem to get finished. The only way I seem to be able to completely finish is to invite my 83 yr old mom to come help me. She doesn’t stop till it’s done!Sharon in Wa

  4. >Crap sucks, doesn’t it?It sucks to look at it, it sucks to think about it, it veritably sucks the air from the room!On the other hand, with each piece of crap that leaves your premises…garbage, recycling, donating…. Woohoot! Woohoot! What freedom. What delight. Not surprisingly, scriptures say that “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” …and I don’t think God meant in our crap. He knows it bogs us down…so little by little… race toward freedom. It’ll be worth it.

  5. I just came over from Making Home (I think???) and will check back to see if you've written your "up and coming" posts. My little ones are almost 4, 2, and another due in October, and I'd love to hear what you say about FTO and attachement parenting (both issues my husband and I talk through on a weekly if not daily basis). And I'm looking at using Sonlight Curriculum next year for Kindergarten. Wow! Can I just come over to your house and visit for awhile? =)

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