Monday, September 1, 2014

Monday, 7 hours, I tell you 7 hours

     So after church yesterday, (we have late church from 1-4 p.m.) Hubs and I came home and  had thawed homemade spaghetti sauce.  We had spaghetti, and a fresca salad, with garden tomatoes and basil and fresh mozzarella.  I used the last of the home made bread.  Then daughter #2 called and wanted me up at the apartment.  As Hub's had string quartet practice I drove up to a third world country called college apartment.

     E gads I know I raised those kids better that that. Luckily one was at work until 2 in the morning so less fighting and blaming the other for the mess.  I know these two are adults but they are also sisters and sisters like to blame each other.  At least my sisters and I did and still do on occasion.  For instance the weight I lost before going to see my sissie is back becasue of her cooking!  Anyway, I immediately assessed the situation.  Other than needing a good vacuum the place was clean under neath, they just have too much stuff, unfortunately they get this from me.  I work all the time at de cluttering and I am certainly better than I used to be but it is a constant struggle. Now that both are established in the apartment, they needed to organize their stuff.

     Shoes, bags, boxes, too much kitchen, too many linens.  No one needs 10 pairs of black sweat pants.  We purged, and purged, I cannot say how much was thrown away.  All the D#2's dance clothes and running things were brought down here.  She has a nice closet and dresser in the basement bedroom.  She goes to work in sweats and changes into sterile clothes at her office, then back to sweats and now that the dance studio will be open she will change into dance clothes.  She also stays here a couple of nights a week.  So having those things down here is no problem.  She almost always stops by here for lunch and we discuss studio and upcoming things.  That alone eliminated much of the overload in clothes. Old running shirts and sports bras were tossed.  Beach season is over so beach towels were put in a bin and brought down to store here.

     I got up to the apartment, at 6:15 and at midnight I sent daughter to store, for (diet coke, I desperately needed one) toilet paper, paper towels, cat litter.  While she was gone I cleaned the kitchen and the bathroom.  Both were in pretty good shape it was the bedrooms and living areas that were overwhelming them.  So two shoes organizers, and a laundry sorter later things looked pretty good. I also moved their makeup area to the spare bedroom.  It will be a staging area for changing and makeup and laundry.  There is no reason they can't keep this organized with a little effort.  All the moving back and forth since last January, job changes, starts and restarts, have taken there tole on the organizational skills.  I was not going to leave it 1/2 done because it just gets trashed again.  Now it is done.  Shelves are up in the bathroom, closets are organized, drawers are assigned, study area, makeup area, they should be fine.

     I came home at 1:15.  That is 7 hours! I need to make bread today, and I have two wedding dresses that need work.  Hubs and I are going to go on a long bike ride.

     As paybacks are hell, Daughter #2 will be down today to clean the studio and lay all the marley floor with new tape. We have pictures to put up, and signs to make and hang.  She will have to do most of the work as I cannot really lay a floor any more.

Did anyone out there raise organized children?  I guess my first one was much better,but now that I think of it, she struggled also.  She is spotless now.  So there is hope.

Have a great and productive day!



  1. Wow! Can you adopt me and come to my apartment and help me organize? (Still unpacking from 8/1 move). Hope the girls appreciate all your hard work!

  2. I agree! You are a saint of a mother!