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Decluttering the mind. Friday October 31, 2014

A few weeks ago I wrote a blog about being inspired after painting the playhouse. It's half term this week so I thought it would be a fabulous time to sort out the kids rooms. So day 1 and off we set to Ikea to purchase storage furniture! Loaded at the till, 3 hours later, with me, two full trollies, a 7 year old, a 5 year old and a 2 year old, the lady in front looked at me sympathetically and said "you look like you have your hands full, you are very brave". That was the easy part!

Furniture put together, I looked around the rooms surrounded by chaos and clutter I realised that it was an accurate reflection of my journey at the moment. My mind has been rammed full of clutter for so long and right now I have uploaded it and am working through the mess bit by bit. I have got to that point where so much has been unpacked, that the task ahead looks too daunting and all I want to do is ram it all back in and shut the lid again and pretend I'd never started. Really, it's just too late for that, because no matter how hard I tried, it wouldn't all fit back in. So the only way forward is to continue sorting through the mess, one step at a time, discarding what is not required and putting the remainder back in a place where it deserves to be.

Hopefully, like the bedrooms that are transforming, I will emerge in a better state! Already I am seeing positives from clearing the mind. The trip to Ikea would previously have filled me with dread. Yet this time I was able to reply to the sympathetic lady that it had actually been a pleasure spending 3 hours shopping, with three beautifully behaved children. Such a small thing but looking at my children, in that moment, with everything they are going through, my heart filled with pride.

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littlemissmenopause Fri, Oct 31st 2014 @ 8:51am

Rosie, you are a star! You enjoyed what would have once been a stressful shopping expedition. I too have 3 kids, all close in age. The youngest started at secondary school in September. Your story reminded me of how I once did similar things and looked upon it as a family adventure. I ask myself, when did it stop feeling like that and why? I need to begin looking at life like an adventure again, before the kids are too grown up and leave home. They are all looking forward to celebrating Halloween. My husband has carved a pumpkin with my son and made a pumpkin pie. I am just sitting miserably on the sofa, bemoaning the scruffy appearance of our hallway that surely every trick or treater and their parent will frown upon! Oh dear, how did I get to be this way. I will look upon today as a mini adventure, add more cobwebs to the ceiling and take it from there. Thanks Rosie xxx

Anonymous Fri, Oct 31st 2014 @ 10:20am

What a super mum you are. Bringing up three lovely children and coping with everything life throws at you including stuff that falls out of cupboards! Keep going, you're doing so flipping well! And when you're done you will feel even more pride in yourself as much as in your children:) K

Anonymous Fri, Oct 31st 2014 @ 11:55am


crafty wee midden Fri, Oct 31st 2014 @ 2:56pm

Rosie, it's very definitely not a small thing....that's a wonderful thing even just to read. Gives me hope fir my own situation. And this bit..........

Really, it's just too late for that, because no matter how hard I tried, it wouldn't all fit back in. So the only way forward is to continue sorting through the mess, one step at a time, discarding what is not required and putting the remainder back in a place where it deserves to be......
That is going in my wee Filofax. I didnt get the way I am overnight, and I need t remind myself that I'll not get out of it overnight it her, and not beat myself up for being who I am.
love and cat snores from the big ginger boy Spock, beside me.
Alexxthe midden

Anonymous Fri, Oct 31st 2014 @ 3:50pm

Yep Rosie...sorting through the clutter that is all we need to do....sometimes our mind fights us every step of the way, but keep on battling for sure..great post...DaveB

Helen Tedder Sat, Nov 1st 2014 @ 6:36pm

Great analogy Rosie, and yes you are a great mum. Confirmation in itself with the emergence of the feeling of pride. Keep up the good work. Your friend Helen T xx

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