Welcome to another edition of Fly On The Wall, hosted by Karen of Baking In A Tornado. Today, nine bloggers are inviting you into their homes for a peek at what you might see if you were a busy body fly buzzing around their house.
My family thinks I've lost my mind because I've spent the past month doing a belated but thorough spring cleaning job around the house. This is probably the first time in 10 years that I actually went through every single closet, drawer and shelf to clean out the clutter. What inspired me to do this? After my mother passed away, my family had to go through all of her things to clear out her house. It was not only emotionally challenging for us but also exhausting, because there was so much STUFF that none of us knew what to do with. The experience made me think of my own kids and all the junk they'd have to clear at of my home once I passed away. You see, I'm a pack rat who hangs onto everything: clothes worn back in the 90's (never mind that they were three sizes too small---I was certain I'd fit into them one day....uh-huh....right....), several year's worth of magazine subscriptions, kitchen tools still wrapped in plastic, hundreds of paperback books that I've already read (but thought I'd have the time to read again in the future---laughable, I know), piles of old papers, notes, cards, and various mementos from people I hardly remember.
Looking at 10 years of accumulated crap, I felt the sudden urge to purge all the unnecessary items taking up space in my home. "Minimize" became my favorite word (especially since I started watching nonstop episodes of "Tiny House, Big Living" on HGTV). I was a woman obsessed, and my husband steered clear as I filled garbage bag after garbage bag with junk. I'm talking at least 20 lawn-size plastic bags full of STUFF. Some of the items that were still in excellent condition were sold during a a rainy garage sale or donated to a charitable organization. Whatever was left went to the dump.
I feel cleansed of all my clutter impurities and free from the ghosts of 90's era clothing......and it feels GREAT. After all that hard work, it was time to hang out with family and have FUN. For this Fly On The Wall post, I don't have clever little snippets of conversation to share with you, but I DO have photographic evidence of Doyle Shenanigans that went on once the cleaning overhaul was complete:
Be sure to click on these links for a peek into some other homes:
Baking In A Tornado http://www.bakinginatornado.com
Menopausal Mother http://www.menopausalmom.com/
Go Mama O http://www.gomamao.com
Spatulas on Parade http://spatulasonparade.blogsp ot.com/
Searching for Sanity http://singlemumplusone.blogsp ot.com
Never Ever Give Up Hope http://batteredhope.blogspot.c om
Dinosaur Superhero Mommy http://dinoheromommy.com/
The Bergham Chronicles http://berghamchronicles.blogs pot.com/When I Grow Up http://kimberlyyavorski.com/ whenigrowup/