I am without kids this week. The two youngest are having their annual week of Grandma & Grandpa Camp, and my oldest is doing a job shadow to prepare for her future career. It’s my week for major decluttering!! Right?!
Yesterday’s decluttering time was sucked up by insurance issues! I’ve mentioned that my youngest is scheduled for surgery in August. This is actually two surgeries designed to correct physical effects caused by a brain tumor removed when she was 5. E is going on 11 now. Well, last January our doctor referred us to surgeons for consultation, and they, in turn, sent us for a complete analysis of how E’s muscles communicate with her brain as she moves. Long story short, we are (I am) now working to get insurance to pay for all this, even though we were told that none of it needed prior authorization or pre-approval.
Motion analysis lab
Left side of desk – bins of 3-ring binders on floor under window, bins of teaching materials stacked by desk but blocking access to file cabinet, overflow on and under bench by desk
- Left side of desk after moving the bench and clearing overflow and miscellaneous items that were hiding underneath the bench.
I turned the bench the other direction, since it was butting up against the bins that were, in turn, blocking the file cabinet. Kids’ books that were sliding off the top of their bins were collected and placed in another bin on one end of the bench. All bins will be moved to my room at school in the next couple of weeks.
So, I made phone calls, wrote letters, faxed those letters, and wished….. that I was getting paid for my time, especially when this is supposed to be my week to get my big decluttering/organization project done. My plans were majorly delayed….. but not grounded! Here’s what I did at the end of the day.
I’m following the Olympics this week. So, for my 15 minute increment I chose the beach volleyball segment to work on the area around the left side of my desk. (You may recall that the right side of my desk came earlier this summer when I wanted to reach the window for some fresh air. Well, there’s a window on the other side too! There’s also a filing cabinet we need to access. Can you see it in the first picture, or do you need the second?)
Yes, so proud of this!
You know, I started this blog thinking that I would post my goals and use the blog as my accountability for accomplishing what I set out to do. Lately that has dissolved into here’s what it used to look like and here’s what it looks like now. It works! I am accomplishing things left and right and keeping my positive energy flowing with this blog as my motivation. Thank you to anyone who lets me know that they’re following along on the journey. But, a bigger, riskier step is to post my goal ahead of time… to set that bigger goal and a time frame for accomplishment.
That big goal is the basement family room. At least that’s what we call it. Our family doesn’t go there. The kids used to when they were much younger, but it’s not such a people friendly place to be anymore. It’s been the place to store boxes and bins of stuff to the point where there’s no room to DO anything. It’s also filled with toys the kids have outgrown: a toddler slide; a kids’ basketball hoop; a sit-n-spin; a disorganized art cart and desk strewn with scraps of paper, broken crayons, dried up markers.
It also smells kinda funky. It’s the place where the cats live where we’re away from home. Where they leave their fur and fur balls. It’s also where the excessive rains in the spring and/or fall leave the carpet under the egress windows damp and musty smelling. The bugs and spiders love it and take up residence there. After all, no one will disturb them!
You may recall that I started the summer and this blog in the basement. We need to use this space! It’s a whole level of our house that we are not using well. Have I mentioned that DH and I are not getting time to ourselves with teenagers in the house? They never go to bed!! But without the basement, they have nowhere else to go, and neither do we. We are temporarily sharing our bedroom with our youngest until the oldest leaves for college.
“One more year, one more year!!!”
“Now that we’re trying to push you out, Sweetie!”
My newest thought is to make the basement so inviting that if teen DD doesn’t want it, I will!! Of course there’s a few glitches to figure out in that plan, such as lack of closets in the basement and needing to travel to the 2nd floor of the house to shower. Not to mention the part about making it a place for the kids and their friends to go – play Wii, air hockey, watch movies… but to also be someone’s bedroom… just for a year! It would make a great teen apartment, especially for our vegetarian DD who cooks separately for herself already.
That’s my goal! Where’s Nate Berkus when I need him?! 15 minutes at a time, the basement will be an inviting place to be!!!