As much as I hate to say goodbye to summer,
I think we are all ready for change.
a new fall routine,
and changes for our family:)
We still don’t know much about the sibling group that we are
seeking to adopt from foster care…though our paperwork has been processed and
we are waiting on the state to visit the house again.
In the meantime…
we visited friends who were camping nearby for Labor Day,
took a day trip with friends,
started volleyball (A.),
tried new recipes,
enjoyed one last swim party,
began a new semester of classes with our homeschool group (theater, science, sign language, choir, computer, and writing classes:)
managed to work in a clean sweep of our whole entire house!
Our house is old…
113 years old.
There is no such thing as storage in this house,
other than the attic (we don't even have a garage).
That attic is either
now going to be a bedroom
or an office for Hutch.
We have one regular size closet and one small closet
in the whole house.
We have shifted and moved,
decluttered and reorganized,
every square inch of this space over the last nine days.
And Hutch built me another closet (yay!),
bringing our grand total to three:)
So, the attic is officially empty now...ahhh.
We are going to need to adapt a large family mentality around here as our family grows…
starting with this new rule-
If we do not use something regularly and have a specific place
for an item, then it has to go (better yet, it doesn't even come home with us in the first place!).
That new rule hurts.
But it is exactly what we need!
We took three carloads of items for donation,
lots of bags to the trash,
and quite a bit is set aside for a garage sale.
And as painful as it was to declutter the whole house,
I am reminded that people matter...
2.-4. We decluttered and organized A.'s room so that we have space for bunkbeds!
5.-8. Decluttering and organizing M.'s room took a lot longer, but we finally got it done. Bring on the bunk beds!
9.-11. So long summer...our last days in the pool!
12.-15. Our dining table is now the dining, crafting, sewing, scrapbooking, and schooling area...now that took some organization! Thanks to A., the old library card catalog is full of our school and craft supplies with each drawer labeled. Yay!
16.-18. We enjoyed having a dedicated (and organized) space for art journaling, games, and hands-on learning!