After The Great Library Sort of 2014, I felt like I was chasing chaos around the house into progressively smaller rooms. I think I may have actually, for the first time ever, caught it!
We call it that, because it holds most of our home school resources (except that a lot of the books have migrated to my office). Some people expect desks and black boards...
Instead it has the museum, art and craft supplies, games, puzzles, plants, experiments, seismographs, random other scientific equipment, castles, electronics, private drawers (not underwear, just drawers set aside for specific Zoomlians), and a giant floating Angry Bird. And lots of other stuff.
The up side is that it really is a room full of wonderful things. It's a kid magnet, and usually a young visitor's favorite room.
The down side is that it's hard to keep orderly. I feel like we're always one giant messy art project away from disaster in there... a frequent occurrence.
On the other hand, it's the most fun room for me to clean, as I always find new fun stuff whenever I
|Zorg and Choclo's room|
Also, it's a moving target: the older Zoomlian's expand their horizons, the younger Zoomlians leave the interests of younger kids. We enter and leave new phases and seasons, sometimes with a sigh and a tear in the eye, sometimes with grateful relief!
But it feels good to pass on things we've loved but can't use. And it feels great to have a clean house!
I think this is bigger than cleaning house, though. It's trying to readjust my life and my space to the kids I have now. It's trying not to be attached to stuff. It's trying to find the balance between prudence (I might need this some day) and trust in God's Providence. Sue has promised a post on what she is calling "minimizing," and I am very curious to see if she is talking about something similar.
As a young (and very disorganized) mom, I made a specific decision that, when a child wanted to do something, I would not say "no" just because it would make a big mess (although I might say we need to do it after the dinner party).
And really, I haven't.
We've made some pretty big messes, but we've had a lot of fun!
Did you think I was kidding about the giant floating Angry Bird?