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About Me: I am the creative person behind Ribbonwood Cottage. A mother, wife and grandmother. My goal in life is to leave a lasting legacy to my family that life is incredible. God gave us this one life and it is worth the journey! A believer. A pianist, church music and worship director. Focused on intentionally living the best life possible.

December 30, 2008

It's just me and the chickens!

Hey everyone! I hope you all are well! I have to admit I had a wonderful Christmas with our kids, cousins, aunts and uncles, grandparents, nieces and nephews all around....there was lots of presents, laughing, story telling and lots of chocolate. The food was wonderful!
It snowed and was a beautiful Christmas and the kids had fun in the snow!


How wonderful!!!! But I have noticed something perhaps you too can relate....now that the presents are opened, all the sweets have been devoured...everyone has taken off! Just when it is time to START PICKING UP AND CLEANING AND PUTTING AWAY-----EVERYONE is gone! It's just me and the chickens!

The presents are put away, dishes have been washed, the fridge is filled with leftovers! Oh my I haven't caught up on sleep yet! How about you? I feel blessed with my family home, but now I am ready to tackle the mess!
LAUNDRY?
Does it ever end?
I got out the broom, the mop, the Lysol (I secretly enjoy spraying this everywhere!) and lots of hot soapy water-I was like a tank waiting to target a big location-kids were heard shrieking "here she comes-look out". Kaboom! The cleaning has begun!

Don't mess with me when I have a broom in my hand!
Wrappers for "Little Debbie's"(chocolate of course!) were found under the couch! It is amazing-how these college kids act like they were Born in a barn!
I am already perusing organizing books and magazines, looking at sites that deal specifically with getting your home in order!
There are huge amounts of information on decluttering and organizing and yet my house seems to be over run with things...and I don't know where to put it all.

I have a few (ok a lot!) craft, quilting, scrapbooking, decorating magazines and I think I may need to get rid of some I have a few too many. Do you keep all your craft magazines? Where do things go when the cupboards are full, the closets have too many pairs of this and that (don't touch my shoes!) and you can't find that one outfit you want! Oh my! I need a book with my name on it, where someone holds my hand and says ok this goes 'here' and you need to get rid of 'this', you don't use it anyhow!
I almost feel driven to clean and organize, get rid of the clutter. Does anyone else feel this way. It just kind of hits me after Christmas this need for spring/winter cleaning! I find myself cleaning out drawers, throwing things away, dusting hard to reach items!

Do you make lists? Do you devour organizing articles hoping to find what can work for you? I am more organized now than I was as a new bride, but I still feel like I need....help, pictures, visual help! hahaha. What I'd like is a full time organizer in my home saying "Oh don't worry about a thing! I would be happy to organize your home and make it cute at the same time!"

Blessings to you all!
Debbie
"Blessed shall you be when you come in and blessed shall you be when you go out." Deuteronomy 28:6 ( I wonder if there were closets to go in and out of back then?)

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11 comments:

Cheri said...

What a cute post and oh how true.

Happy New Year to you!
Cheri

onlymehere said...

I feel the exact same way about the cleaning and organizing. My areas of the house that no one goes to (office, sewing) stay organized but I can relate to the wrappers and teenagers. No Little Debbie wrappesr here though.....they're our main competition!!! Good luck staying sane while you clean and organize but I definitely can relate to the entire post! Cindy

Darlene said...

My Gosh Debbie your post is soooo TRUE! I think we just need to build a bigger house for all our "stuff". You know the instant you get rid of it you want it back and might go to the antique/thrift store to find it...lol..what is with that?!?! Oh, well, I organize and store and "get rid of" the best I can.

Scallywags Scribbles said...

Love your story, one we all probably relate too. Love the illustrations as well.

Farmhouse Blessings said...

Debbie, you just put those chickens right to work. I just know they could use those feathery tails to dust at least! LOL

You know, you're not the only one. The day after Christmas, I got the urge to organize and I haven't stopped since. Honestly my bedroom and work area haven't looked this good since I moved into the house! And today, my master bath looked so good that my husband, "Do you have some anxiety you're trying to work off?" LOL And tomorrow, the closets ~ by tomorrow evening I'll have a walk in closet back!

Just put on some music or a lovely movie with good diaglog and enjoy the journey!

Wishing you loads of happiness this coming year,
Lea

Neabear said...

I can totally relate. I have been starting to get into the organize mood. But I don't know where to start. Drives me crazy sometimes. I have decided I need to start with the bathroom in our room. It is driving me the most crazy right now. Then move on from there. Good luck with your cleaning projects.

Anonymous said...

Once Christmas is over I get the urge to organize and clean, every year. I think it's because everything is so cluttery and then downright messy over Christmas. It stirs up the need for orderliness. I've begun the un-decorating and the organizing already and will be busy with it for quite a while to come. I feel "lighter" when the house is as I like it.

Anonymous said...

Once Christmas is over I get the urge to organize and clean, every year. I think it's because everything is so cluttery and then downright messy over Christmas. It stirs up the need for orderliness. I've begun the un-decorating and the organizing already and will be busy with it for quite a while to come. I feel "lighter" when the house is as I like it.

Cottage Rose said...

Hey Debbie; Now if you do find a full time organizer when you are done with her send her my way. lol I could use one. I feel the same way how I do it is if I don't use it with in a year, I get rid of it. Except my shoes they stay... lol I am trying to catch up with our laundry.. good luck...

Happy New Year

Hugs;
Alaura

Linda - Behind My Red Door said...

I caught the organizing bug years ago and sometimes I am right on top of it. Other times, I slip up big time. Right now I slipped up!! LOL I serioulsy need to do some purging and donating! I know, lets have a race and see who wins!!

Happy new years my sweet blogger friend!

kari and kijsa said...

Here's to a joyful Christmas and a Happy New Year!
blessings,
kari & kijsa