wow. i almost forgot my password to log onto the blog! not sure if anyone is even checking in anymore, but i thought i would stop by and say hello!
we are doing great and keeping busy, busy as usual. but what has been taking up most of my time is the massive purging and organization process that is going on at our house right now! about 18 months ago, joe and i felt the house starting to close in around us. now…don’t get me wrong, we have PLENTY of space in our house. but, we felt like every nook and cranny was stuffed full of STUFF. so for the past 2 years, we have contemplated moving into a house with a basement. a house with STORAGE. oh, the thought of it is just so dreamy. i would still want the kids to share rooms no matter where we live, but storage would be HUGE.
another reason we considered moving was for silas. we only have one space we can all go to hang out. and if you are a kid with SPD…there is just no escaping the crazy when there are people hustling and bustling around. we just felt he needed a place he could go when he is overwhelmed….or a place the girls could go to when they have friends over so that he does not feel overwhelmed. this may seem like an insignificant need, but if you have ever been to our home you understand how overstimulated silas can get with visitors. it lead to us having people over less and less because it was just not fun anymore.
we love our home. we have lived here for 8 year and almost every major milestone (except savannah) has happened here. i look around and can tell you where i was when i found out i was pregnant with adeline, where i was when i found out my brother in law had passed away, where i was when we finally got the call for silas and where we sat when we saw his face for the first time…also where i was when we were shocked to hear about our referral for samuel. i love how i have to step over the 2nd to last step because it creaks…and i remember how excited i was when we had finally lived here long enough to have a creak in the floor. we have taken EVERY first day of school picture on our front stoop and have celebrated EACH and EVERY one of our kids’ birthdays here. it is just home. even when we move from this place…i will always consider this home.
i also love the location of our home. we are 5 minutes from both of the schools and gymnastics…10 minutes from both our parents, 5 minutes from my sister, and my grandparents live IN my neighborhood. i mean, you can’t get much better than that! plus we have friends that we carpool with to almost everything we do. if we moved even 10 minutes closer to joe’s work…it would be HOURS more in the car each week.
anywho. all this to say that after 2 years of going back and forth…should we move, should we stay….we decided that we are going to stay here and make some major changes to make the house more conducive to our family and the stage we are now with the kids. when we moved in, we had a sweet 8 month old savannah… so we spread out all over the house. over time, i never reorganized. i just shoved things in random places and things got more and more out of control. can you imagine how crazy that is 8 years later?
we started out with project switcheroo (or as silas calls is switch-a-room). we disassembled all the bunk beds and moved everyone around. the current situation really made no sense for our family right now. then i started emptying all the rooms and buying tubs galore to organize. i also pulled out the trusty label maker! the progress is slow and steady since i have quickly learned that boys are not a fan of organization. the house is a DISASTER in the process…but i am okay with that. we have made multiple trip to good will and it feels oh.so.good to purge all the stuff i have been holding onto for too long.
to make a very long story short….i have completely cut myself off from the computer in an attempt to remain motivated. (luckily i still have instagram on my phone, so all is right in my world :)) the blog had to take a backseat while i got the ball rolling, but i hope that i can maintain both going forward.
any ideas where to store this ridiculously large collection of GeoTrax we accumulated from a friend (and this does not even include the two big tubs that also go with it)? we finally got it all out of the grocery and garbage bags they were previously stored in. but now what?! it is a crazy amout of tracks…but it is the ONLY thing silas plays with. that kid LOVES him some trains.
oh…and i misspelled GeoTrax and all the tubs. it is driving me absolutely crazy, but it is a great practice in self control…right?!
so what is new with you? any good organization tips or suggestions? i would love suggestions for keeping a family of 6 organized in a home with no storage space!