Friday, September 2, 2011

On a Misson...


For the past week I've been on a mission.  A mission to regain some freedom.

I'm a wife and mother.  I'm a Stay-At-Home-Mom.  I'm an entrepreneur and business owner.  I'm an artist and illustrator.  I'm also a chef, chauffeur, housekeeper, nurse, music teacher, law enforcement officer, teacher, and food source.

I like being all of these things.  They're what make me who I am.  But sometimes I feel like some of those personas start to take over.  Sometimes I feel like my housekeeping side never gets a break.  And then the Crank Monster comes to live at my house...I get crabby.  And not so nice.

Lately I have been feeling so overwhelmed by all of the 'things' I have to do.  I realized that a big part of that was actually just the stuff that had accumulated around us.  Too much stuff.

So this week I decided I'd had enough of the emotional and physical stuff weighing me down, and I started to de-junk.  

Following much of the advice that Katie (from The Red Kitchen) has been giving in her series, Living With Less, I started sorting out unnecessary 'things'...including guilt.

I went through the kitchen, the toys, the kids' clothes, my clothes, the books, even my craft room *gasp*...and do you know what happened?

I feel great.  I feel lighter.  I feel happier.  I've realized that I'm a happier mommy, wife, and person when I'm not so stressed out.  When I can concentrate on doing things that important AND on things that are fun.  When we have a schedule in place.

And...

So does the rest of my family.  Things they thought they couldn't live without are gone...and they don't miss them.  There have been fewer arguments.  There has been time to do the fun stuff.

So tomorrow we're having a yard sale...and completely getting rid of all of this:




And I couldn't be happier!

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6 comments:

K @ Aurora Blythe said...

Good for you! That takes courage. Glad you are feeling better now =)

Abbi said...

Good job! That is so fun to get rid of so much stuff. I hope you garage sale goes very well!

I am on a cleaning out mission too. I am planning on devoting September to getting rid of the excess in our house and getting better organized.

Our Seven Dwarfs said...

I so need to purge like you have! Very inspiring! I also saw you on my craftsy email this morning! Way to go!

Jill of oursevendwarfs.com

Lindy said...

good for you!

Alicia @ littlesprinklesoffun said...

I can totally relate! Only I am a full time K teacher outside of the home on top of that. I come home to all of those things you described and just about loose it! I really do try to purge and get rid of things...but maybe I need to get rid of even MORE! WAY TO GO!! With all we do...WE HAVE TO BE HAPPY MOMMAS! :)

Katie said...

Wow! Good for you! I'm so impressed! :)

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