Yes, this woman is the warpath. This house has been a complete wreck since last year and adding another resident to the mess hasn't helped any.
I read a book last night that gave me the wisdom I needed to get this done. It's The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. I liked her book. While she repeats her methods and reasoning behind it over and over (sometimes ad nauseum), I found many of her tips helpful. I liked her spiritual approach to tidying up. "Keeping only things that bring you joy" -- not that I get huge joy from a set of measuring spoons or a flour bin, but you know what I mean. It's the cookies I bake using those things that bring me joy.
I'm taking her tip on organizing by category (i.e. books, shoes, etc.) to heart. Makes more sense versus going room to room. While I tackled the kitchen today, which technically is/isn't a category, I was able to get rid of two garbage bags of stuff, recycle a few metal objects, and take a large, heavy box (16x16x16) to goodwill. I worked all day at this, starting at 9am. I've gained tons of counter space and a few drawers when our houseguest leaves.
Tomorrow I'm taking a break. I've got some sewing I need to do. So I'll be out sewing with my friends. Looking forward to that.
It looks like I'll be bachelorette-ing it over the weekend and into next week. Hubby is likely to be headed to TN to work on the trailer before training some clients in Pennsylvania. This gives me more uninterrupted time to whip this house into order.
Believe it or not, I'm a slob. I admit it. I'm lazy. But I'm really trying to make some effort in being better. I've learned the hard way that when the house is physically in chaos, it is also in mental chaos. Like my studio right now. I put on my blinders when I walk by. It really stresses me out. I have tons more to get rid of in there. But I know I need to tackle other important areas first.
Hint: Books and shoes are next, then toiletries, cleaning supplies, and linens. After that will be all the knick-knacks in my bedroom. And finally I begin to deal with the studio as the rest of the house is done.
Pray for me... Hell, pray for everyone else in this house. Like I say, I'm on the warpath! Hahaha!