A diary of January’s happy things – part one 

Tuesday 3rd January 

Today, after owning her scooter for over a year but showing little interest in it, Iris asked to take it out and after a little lesson from me she mastered it! Then on the way home we smashed up an icy puddle which is one of the joys of winter when you’re wild and two! 

Thursday 5th January 

Last night both Iris and Astrid were asleep just after 6pm, and I was pretty convinced that they’d be up again at 10 and stay up half th night after such an early night. Nope. Trevor and I watched several episodes of Grey’s Anatomy (we’ve almost caught up!) and I did loads of my knitting. Astrid woke a couple of times but was back to sleep pretty quickly, and they both slept until 6am! I feel like a new person! Tonight they were both asleep by 7:30. Having some time in the evening is so nice! 

Saturday 7th January 

Today has been pretty good all round really. It began with the little ones waking up at 5:30, but Trevor took them downstairs and left me to go back to sleep. I slept until 9! Lovely! Then once he’d walked the dog, he took them both out for most of the day. I love those two little stinkers so very much, but it’s very rare that I’m not with them. Having a breather and some silence is really soothing, and I needed it badly. I started off the day by trying out the new Zumba DVD Trevor came home with a few weeks ago. It’s got a twenty minute quick workout on it, so I gave that a go. It’s fast and really great fun! I’m not the most coordinated person ever so I doubt I was doing exactly what the instructors were doing, but I gave it my best shot. After a shower and polishing of the leftovers from last night’s super healthy pasta I set to work on decluttering and tidying upstairs. Not the most relaxing way to spend a rare day off, I know, but I am so set in getting this house in order and I know I won’t relax until I do. Trying to do it with the kids around is a hundred times harder, and actually I quite enjoy it. There’s still quite a bit of junk hiding under the bed and in the tops of our wardrobes, but the bits you can see without really looking now look really great! I’m chuffed with my progress! 

When Trevor and the kiddos returned, I had just about finished off what I wanted to get done today. The little ones were both asleep pretty early and I even got some knitting done. I started a jumper for Trevor when I was pregnant with Iris, so over two and a half years ago! I didn’t anticipate knitting being really difficult to do once you have babies, so it sat untouched for a long time. I did have a moment of panic this evening, that almost turned into an outpouring of anxiety about everything and anything. It started with the realisation that I’ve got a hall booked for a party for Astrid next weekend, but I’ve done nothing else to get ready for it. Before I knew it, I was stressed about everything. I, including it here because I managed to successfully get a handle on it, and I’ve come up to bed without getting upset or angry and taking it out in Trevor. It’s a small win, but it’s still a win. I’m writing this in the dark in my lovely reading chair that was piled high with junk this morning, and listening to my girls snore. 

Monday 9th January

Oh. My. Word. Roller derby is just awesome. 

I’ve had a fab day. Roller derby was just the perfect finish to a day spent hanging out with my girls and my mum. 

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Decluttering with Marie Kondo – part one 

Tuesday 3rd January 

Before Christmas, I read the Konmari book and started on the big clear out of our house. And I was really enjoying it. I think that’s what inspires people, because, lets face it, the book is mostly silly waffle. But for the first time, sorting through the mountains and mountains of junk we’ve hoarded is enjoyable. I’m focussing on what we’re keeping instead of what we’re discarding. I’m keeping things that ‘spark joy’. Things that genuinely make us happy. So far my focus has mainly been on downstairs, but this morning I took a look at my bedroom. It looked like this. Iris was at nursery for a couple of hours, and Astrid had a nap so I made a start. I’m nowhere near finished but I’m so pleased with how my bed looks this evening. It’s all clean and brand new and made, with no laundry piles and no heaps of scrunched up bedding. The clear surface at the bottom of the bed brings me more joy than it probably should, and I’m just madly in love with my new bedding. The only thing I’d change is the Twirlywoos pillow and duvet that I keep on my bed, but that has to stay because Iris sleeps with me and she likes her own covers. I can live with that because just look at how cool my new bedding is! I’ve had my eye on it on the Asda website for a while, so when I saw that they’d put it in the January sale I had to have it. It’s the best £9 I’ve ever spent, and it doesn’t mean I’ve failed my ‘no shopping’ resolution because things that genuinely make me really happy don’t count! 

Thursday 5th January 

Ta-da!! It’s slow progress, but it’s progress. There’s a very small window on Tuesday and Thursday morning while Iris is at nursery and Astrid has a nap, but then she wakes up and it’s game over. This’ll do for now. 

Saturday 7th January 

Trevor took the girls out for most of today, and I’ve done some serious decluttering. The only trouble is that although I’ve got loads of stuff bagged up ready to leave the house (to be donated or passed on or given back to whoever I borrowed it from) it still has to stay in my house in the meantime. So I’ve finished my bedroom (apart from under the bed and the tops of the wardrobes, which is mostly Trevor’s stuff so I need his help) but I’ve still got one big pile of stuff in the corner. All of it will be leaving here gradually in the next week or so, but in the meantime it’s just going to have to sit there. I’m really pleased with my progress in this room. We don’t have a bathroom upstairs so visitors never really go up there. This has become our excuse for just taking things up and dumping them so they’ll be out of sight. In reality, we just have far too much stuff. I can’t wait to reach a point where everything we own has a place and returns to its place. I hate moving piles of junk around the house.  The worst corner of the bedroom has gone from this……to this….…which doesn’t look like a great change on the surface. But that whole pile is leaving, very soon. The best part is that I can now use my gorgeous reading chair for actual reading. I’m never letting it become a dumping chair ever again.