Monday on the Homestead
Hope everyone had a blessed Resurrection Day! My girls and I made a nice dinner which consisted of pot roast, cheesy garlic potatoes, coleslaw, peas & corn and a chiffon cake.
Now I am looking ahead at the week and see lots on my to-do list. I have been doing some spring cleaning. I started last week in my basement storage area. I have been going through all my storage totes and purging lots of stuff. I don’t desire to be a collector of stuff yet somehow despite my feelings on this I still end up with too much, and I don’t like it. Maybe after helping to clean out my grandmothers and step grandmother’s homes and last year my father in laws home I saw the huge accumulation of things that they acquired over the years. We gave away and hauled to the Good Will and the dump lots of “stuff”. It made me wonder what is the purpose of “stuff”? How much time have I spent over the years, storing, going through, organizing and dealing with my stuff? I think our fascination with our possessions takes away from simple living. Granted we may need some of the things we hang on to, but how much is reasonable? That has been the question I ask myself with every shelf I clean, and with every tote I open up. Am I really going to need this again? If I feel it is something that has value and that I WILL use again, I keep it but if I question it, I am giving it away. The best part of it all is how free it makes me feel when I do this, showing me that yes indeed.. stuff certainly can be a burden.
Aside from working in my basement some more I have school work to check up on with the kids and with their help we will get the house in nice shape. My older girls are already off to their babysitting jobs this morning so it will be me and my 3 youngest (which really aren’t so young any more.. they are 14, 12 and 10) doing the housework. In the afternoon Tobin and I have some errands to run (which includes taking several large bags of clothing to the Good Will drop off! ) and a few other things are on our list.. one of which is our traditional weekly stop at Starbucks!
Hope you all have a great Monday on your homesteads!