I gave a few moments of consideration to attempting a Fall Cleaning. It would have been ambitious. It would have resulted in a clean house top to bottom. It would have been a good use of my time. It would also have been a lot of work. Even mom gets worn out by the school schedule: it's very time consuming.
Instead I opted to complete one big project each day. One project I've been putting off. One project that has felt overwhelming. I will accomplish a few things I can feel good about and still have time for the library books I checked out. (I am always overly optimistic in the library.)
So far here is what I have done:
- My living room curtains shrunk last time I washed them. I let out the hem, ironed, stitched, washed and re-hung them. It took almost all day. That's why my curtains have looked silly for so long.
- Cleaned out the front hall closet. The shoes were piled high. Six people times five pairs (or so) each equals a disaster. Of course, there were also outgrown coats, discarded tee-shirts, books, marbles, and other detritus of life with children.
- Pick more apples. Make more applesauce. Try homemade applesauce fruit leather and oven-dried apples.
- Plant one more batch of lettuce and Swiss chard in the garden. Move a rose bush.
- Sort through the storage boxes in one closet.
- Sew doll clothes with Ally.
- Paint. I have enough leftover paint to spiff up the pantry and my TV stand. But I probably only have enough time to do one.
- Start knitting Christmas presents.