After a week traveling around the tri-state area for the holidays, we arrived home yesterday. By “home” I mean our tiny ‘sure-its-1000-square-feet-Mr.-Broker’, 2 bedroom apartment. And by “we” I mean me, my husband, two kids, three suitcases and 47,000 bags of groceries, Christmas gifts and WHAT-THE-EFF-IS-IN-ALL-THESE-STUPID-BAGS-ANYWAY????
I am not known for being the most organized of people, but motherhood really helps with that. I guess when you know you can’t get rid of your kids, you start skimming some of the stuff you actually care about. Pre-kids, those bags might have sat there for weeks. Definitely the suitcases. But with Chloe on the move we need all the space we can clear. As it is she can only crawl for 5 seconds without revealing yet another child endangering situation.
So I got to work while Ian distracted the kids. I reorganized the cabinets to make space for all the new food. I opened all the mail and sorted through bills, christmas cards and Val-Paks with frightening precision. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD I rearranged furniture to accommodate my kids new kitchen set. I have no idea what came over me. Everywhere I looked I saw opportunity for space. I dominated de-cluttering.
And after that I
cooked ordered dinner, bathed my kids and read to both of them – individually! – before bed (in light of this amazing tale, you will surely forgive me for putting Chloe back into the same clothes from before her bath — she was only wearing them for a few hours).
Tomorrow my paralysis in the face large tasks will likely return. By morning light I will once again fail to even notice the 3-4 amazon boxes that have permanent residence in the corner of our entryway. And yes, I will continue to be suspicious of any one who dusts the corners of their apartment. But today, today, I was a good mom.
2012 scoreboard — Me – 1, Apartment – ZERO