'bouncing' back in!

bouncingpigSeptember 18, 2005

Hi everyone! I haven't posted in MONTHES! Life just got really busy! Some of you may remember last winter my MIL nearly died, then we spent the Spring caring for her, helping them move to Oregon and doing their estate sale. After that, we took over their house payments and in the meantime fixed up their house and then sold it. This took our entire summer (our kids now hate us and tell us we "stole" their summer!) It finally closed on August 26th. It was a great financial move for us, plus it helped my in-laws, so now in hindsight it was worth it. During the thick of it all though, it was very overwhelming.

But, of course, we are such hyper people we couldn't do the intelligent thing and slow down. Now we have purchased a distributorship for a Real Estate guide (you know the books you get free in grocery stores) and I am putting on an Antique Show. Both are ventures we have thought about for quite a while. DH's job seems to always be at risk for layoffs, so this is part of the reasoning. I haven't done ebay since May, but will eventually do it again. Probably just wait until winter.

So, you might ask, how does your house look with all these goings on. Oh it is gorgeous!! Everything is perfect. No dust, no clutter, not a single thing out of place . . . and Kansas has great Ocean property and Nixon is still President . . .

Well the fact is things are majorly out of control on the "home front", plus we are homeschooling all three boys this year to add to the chaos. So maybe I need to check in here and have you all help me to get back on the straight and narrow. I do have a beautiful home . . . it's just buried under a mountain of junk! LOL!


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Welcome back Brenda! It's good to hear that your family survive these past few months! How long have you been homeschooling? I'm here to tell you that putting my children in school (parochial) has been the best way for me to begin to manage our mountain of possessions. It was like Flylady said, that we were living in a landfill. It's very hard to keep homeschool gear organized. The only friends I have who keep it together, have a classroom in their homes with lots of closet and cabinet space, plus shelving, etc. If I were ever to homeschool again, I'd convert a bedroom or living area to a real classroom in order to maintain a certain degree of sanity. It was really these organizational challenges that pushed me to consider other paths for educating my seven children, but I'm straying way off-topic. In any case, I'm so glad you're back!

    Bookmark   September 18, 2005 at 12:23PM
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I'm glad that you bounced back in. I don't post too much but did see your post and wanted to say welcome back. I'm glad that everything worked out financially with the house and good luck with the new venture.


    Bookmark   September 18, 2005 at 4:22PM
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LOL I love the Nixon is still President comment - you really had me goin' until I hit all that part! LOL

Sounds like you are one busy woman!

    Bookmark   September 18, 2005 at 5:24PM
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Hey, we've missed you--I sure have.

I'm glad you're past that hectic summer.

I don't know how in the world I'd homeschool kids. Mostly, I think I'd just knock their heads against the wall. But the space for the stuff would be hard.

You've had times your home was organized, I know you have. So you know how to get there--just slog through, a little bit at a time, ALWAYS making sure SOME of that slogging is "stuff going OUTOUTOUTOUT!"

You can do it--one area at a time (and less stuff, of course)

    Bookmark   September 19, 2005 at 10:08AM
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Thanks guys! We put the kids to work yesterday and they made some good headway while we were busy doing errands. I love the fact that they are now old enough to be somewhat useful!

We do need to find a specific "spot" for everything. Right now each kid has their own desk in their bedrooms, so they each work there. When we are "doling out" the assignments are doing group things it's on the dining room table or kitchen bar. Both look disasterous. Books are right now kept in a big ol' stack in DH & my bedroom. Not exactly the best use of space. We will get there though. It seems at night when I sit and think in bed the bright ideas come! Maybe I can figure it out then! Right now though my brain is full of antique show thoughts!


    Bookmark   September 19, 2005 at 11:33AM
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Ah!...now this I can speak to! We have 5 homeschooled kids and are in the middle of a whole house remodel! In the past we have had a *school* room but since it was not near the kitchen ( where I end up so often) the kids ended up dragging their stuff to the kitchen so I am given up.. well not given up I have modified with thoughts from - - - Morgenstern ( can't remember her name).. store it where you use it! So since the dining room is the only bastion of sanity in our house that is where we school.. but it's also where we eat so I want it nice at night. The soluntion was to empty out and store the hutch and buffet.. the stuff in there I only use a few times per year so it was much better to use as storage for schooling stuff. At noon each day when we are done we put all the stuff away and it is again a place to eat.. this really helps!

The new kitchen is going to have LOTS of built in schooling space and storage.. I look forward to it getting done!


    Bookmark   September 20, 2005 at 10:34PM
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I am thinking of doing something similar. I can't bring myself to empty my china cabinet, but I have room in the corner to put a narrow cabinet. I do have one with no doors that would fit, but then all the mess still shows, so I am going to start looking for something like a pie safe, as that is about the size I need. Mostly though, I just need to get organized! LOL~


    Bookmark   September 21, 2005 at 9:58AM
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