What happened to last month?
Have you ever noticed that time flew by and all of a sudden, a particular season is here? Like Christmas? What the heck happened to, oh, October? I haven’t been very active with holiday decorations at home for most of the last decade. We do the minimum with a tree and wreath at the door, but I would like to get into the whole Season this year. If I sat down and analyzed myself, it has a lot to do with the busy season during my day job circumventing the attention I should have spent personally handling the holiday season for my family. It was so much easier to pay someone to hang lights sometimes. Well, now that Daddy’s away for our anniversary, Bella’s birthday, Christmas and New Years Eve/Day, the responsibility to ensure the Joy of the Season is not missed lies squarely on my shoulders. So I have decided to do my resolutions, for once, and to do them early. November is a perfect month to start!
1. Focus on family In my case, I need to RE-focus. I have been so wrapped up in the daily grind I thought I could leave behind a year ago when I decided to retire. (newbies to the blog: Yes, I actually retired from a 20 year military career. Check this out for a quick peek). But changes are a-coming!
out with the old, in with the new I have a newly purchased antique pine pantry that arrived the other day. It was chosen for both functionality and form. We needed something to contain our food and it will go well in our Texas home when we return one day. The challenge: As items go in, I need to ensure that we really need them. Otherwise, I am again in a bit of a mess.
I was able to give away a well used Ikea wardrobe that was temporarily being used as a pantry. A wonderful man and young father was able to come down to our flat and pick it up. He’s expecting a new baby soon and hopefully the wardrobe will be put to good use.
In the meantime, I am taking stock of all that came out of the old pantry and what really needs to be in the new one. I found a great website via Pinterest by searching “pantry organization” and so far, so good. Check out Squawkfox! So far I am on page 4 of all the stuff in my pantry and I still have a bit further to go. See?
3. Reuse When the gentlemen from my new favorite store, Antikum
came by the other day to deliver the pantry, I asked them to repair a wooden wheel on an antique English dresser that was by the entry. They are also going to give it a good polish since Charlie has scratched it up quite a bit (I stored the dogs treats on it…stupid stupid stupid). That’s going up into our master bedroom where it should have been in the first place. In its place is a $50 Goodwill desk (the reproduction ladder chair cost twice as much) that needs a few minutes of reorganizing since I quickly dumped stuff from the dresser drawers on and around it. But it will be getting some practical use in that spot.
4 and 5. Reorganize and Remove
These 2 Rs go hand in hand. You’ve seen the photos… It is all part of a major culling process at this point. For instance, I have 5 bags of spaghetti. I don’t know why but whenever I go down the pasta aisle, I keep picking up a new bag. And I don’t even cook it more than once a week!
In all honesty, I only have a few staples with multiples, like canned corn and chicken broth. Still, I need to go through the baking goods as I haven’t gone through them in a few months. So far, I have a growing pile of expired foodstuffs like open boxes of cereal and crackers and a few canned goods that somehow made it across the pond! How am I getting the motivation to cull? Using the free forms from Squawkfox was a good start, though painful to see how much unnecessary waste I have gone through! (Why did I buy so many bags of Central Market granola? Oh yeah, I forgot I was moving to the land of Muesli!)
Reflection I’m using the pantry reorganization project as another activity with Bella. She’s helped sort the cans and bottles in her own little way and this time, I am not hyperventilating like the last pantry reorganization project. Instead, I know enough about her that she needs to feel like she’s helping me out.
Each day, I feel a little more connected with Bella. Definitely more so than before. It helps that she communicates her thoughts and feelings more clearly now. Sometimes when she is overtired though, it comes out as a loud squeal (“use your words, Bella” results in the beginnings of a tantrum). However, I am listening, really listening, to her now. When she gets quiet, I know she is either missing her Papa or she is focused on what she’s doing. The first requires a hug, a cuddle moment with Mommy. The latter, well, I do not expect a response when I call her name a couple of times (selective hearing). It all depends on the situation. I also know that I can’t beat myself up on the special moments that I miss with her, like when she’s in preschool all day. I can only cherish the time we have together and respect her wishes when possible. The hugs for no reason are enough reason to keep doing the best I can. And when Daddy comes home for R and R, I will jump for joy!
And then take a nap.