Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Time To Do It

Ok. It's time. The seasons are changing. The temperatures are dropping. The sweaters and sweatshirts are making an appearance. You may be pulling them out from under your bed. Or perhaps hauling storage containers up from the basement. No matter where these clothing items have been, it's still time. It's time to purge.

Purging should be done at least once a year, but seasonally makes it less of a burden, I think. Time to let go of those clothes that don't fit. The ones that aren't in style. The sweatshirt from high school. Unless you are in high school, of course. We did a little bit of this at my house last week. New school clothes were purchased and had to find a home. For the first time in a long time, I, too, went school shopping. I needed more of a wardrobe for my new job. The days of being a tshirt/sweatshirt and jeans wearing mama are still around, just not every day. So my task began. Daunting, that's what it was. Until my 11 year old fashionista came along. She helped me shop and she helped me find room for the new. That meant getting rid of some of the old.

She was very diplomatic. A negative nod of the head. A raised eyebrow when I tried something on. Lots of smiles. These were all subtle indicators that outfits were good or bad. This worked in the store and at home. My point being that this task can be more enjoyable with the help of another. A second opinion is a wise move. The company makes the time fly. There are sure to be laughs in store.

So now that the Halloween decorations are making their yearly appearance, it's time. Make your choices. Make room. And donate. There is always a need for that. Make another person's day and let your closet breathe.

©2011 Ann M. De Broux

Sunday, September 11, 2011

What A Difference A Week Makes

So I missed posting to my blog last week. It was Labor Day and we returned home very late. The week before I had two interviews with the school district. I knew I would be subbing as a Special Education Assistant. I had also expressed an interest in a more permanent and full time position. But two interviews in one week? Wow.

Both of my interviews went well. I was offered both jobs. I know that I am blessed and I do not take this for granted. But there was a certain pull towards one job that I couldn't deny. I had the opportunity to meet the staff and work with them as a sub and this is where I knew I wanted to be. The team is amazing and I couldn't imagine myself anywhere else. I am honored to work with them.

So the home front. Well, I was thinking I would be subbing at the start of the year, remember? I had let much fall to the wayside. Historically, schools don't need subs early on. So in general I had left my house a mess. It needed a good cleaning. Groceries needed to be bought. Laundry needed to be done. And the rest of the stuff all households need. Bills needed to be paid, the lawn needed to be mowed. Where is the simplicity in all of that?

Breathe, Ann, breathe was my mantra for the week. We as a family made it through. We will make it through all of the weeks ahead. Especially because I did all of the laundry. We cleaned the house and did the yard work. I just got done making 15 sandwiches and put them in the freezer. I made out the menu for dinners for the week and we have all of the food we need. Just finished paying the bills. And I am a little embarrassed to tell you this, but I'm coloring my hair right now as I type. It's all about multitasking.

You know what is really making all of this work? It's my home team. Scott and Gracie are pitching in wherever they can to help.
This is called getting the job done. And this leaves time for us as a family. I am in love all over again. Even the dogs are doing their part. Normally they are like clockwork, but for some reason they let us sleep in a bit this weekend. Thank you Bailey and Sweet Pea.

So in one week my life has changed a great deal. I feel all for the better. My family was there for me and I was there for them. I'm renewing some of my old organizational skills. I'm making things that we have to do simpler, so that we have time for what is really important. Each other.

©2011 Ann M. De Broux