Wednesday, June 17, 2020

The Homemaking Party: Overwhelmed in the Ozarks

When I was a kid, I loved to read the newspaper---especially Dear Abby. I'd love to read the newspaper now but every time I buy one it ends up in a clutter pile that I never get to for days. Clutter is taking over my life. If I didn't live in a little corner of the forest on a cul-de-sac with zero traffic, I'd have me a big yard sale. I need a Goodwill trip or fifty. Anyway, all that to say---if I was writing to Abby today, I'd sign my letter, "Overwhelmed in the Ozarks".

It's not a bad overwhelmed---just a "not the best" sort of overwhelmed. I have literally cut every. single. responsibility. out of my life that doesn't specifically pertain to wife-ing/mom-ing/homemaking. I am bound and determined to focus on the best things here at home---even if that means cutting out some good things. I know what I've got to do... I just need to be motivated enough to do it. My house is usually a peaceful place but I've been in a busy rut and things are literally stacking up.

For instance, a couple months ago I went on a massive book-buying spree at my favorite used book shop because I wanted to start making money online selling books. It's gone really well and, after selling most of the books, I went back last week for another round. I've sold most of those too. BUT...the small box of unsold books is sitting here beside my bed and blocking my closet door. It's been here for weeks. Maybe even a couple months. I can barely get in and out of my closet...but every time I do, I have to climb over this little box of books. So, more often than not, my clean laundry piles up on my desk chair because it's so annoying to get into my closet. Is it worth this annoyance to make $20 or so off of these last few books? NO! Will I just take them to Goodwill so I can have access to my closet? PROBABLY NOT. See folks---that's the level of crazy we're dealing with here.

In the last little bit, I've noticed some of my favorite bloggers returning to the block. Has anyone noticed JES is back at Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth? SO excited about that! I'm feeling inspired to be more active here on the blog. Maybe I should blog about all the junk I need to haul off and then I'll be motivated in both areas.

If you've read this far, you've realized this is just the overwhelmed ramblings of a maybe-too-long-quarantined housewife. Nothing too deep and wonderful today...Ha! But, I do wish you all a lovely week and I can't wait to see what you've got to share at The Homemaking Party!
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  1. Ha! Thanks for the smile on this Wednesdy morning!

  2. Oh I just love books! I've slowed down my book reviews just so I don't get too overwhelmed. Thanks for letting us know JES is back. I'm going to have to resubscribe to her blog. I used to read Dear Abby as a kid and Ann Landers. I used to think they were the same person until I found out they were twins.
    I was thinking you could maybe list books here or on a separate blog.

  3. I love it.
    It's not a mess. I like my things on display!
    Thank you for hosting.
    xo Lisa S

  4. Thanks for the party I added a post and I've got to go back and add your link to it and everything that I'll get that done makes again have a great party

  5. Hey Girlfriend, I can identify with you in so many ways. Hugs to you! Thanks for hostessing.

  6. So great to see a post from you! My favorite quote, which I had on my wall while rearing children was, "My house is clean enough to be healthy and dirty enough to be happy." Dont sweat the small stuff. I also had this quote: "Cleaning and dusting can wait till tomorrow, but children grow up we learn to our sorrow." They're in their 40's now and I still see it that way.

    I missed you. Thanks for the info about Strangers & Pilgrims - one of my fav blogs along with yours.



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