When someone is coming to your house for the first time, do you ever find yourself looking at it with a super critical eye? Things that you overlook day in, day out, suddenly seem to have a neon sign pointing at them?? Eeeeewww. Ugh.
That’s what I was doing before Thanksgiving. I know I shouldn’t care what anyone thinks, and short of hauling in a roll-off dumpster, there’s only so much I can do. Working to clean up the house for holiday company was not fun – not even counting that I’d rather clean the coop than clean the house. 😝 Yes, we have a lot of clutter we could get rid of. But when you homestead, sometimes there’s just a lot of stuff that comes with the territory – but it’s all useful stuff!
There’s canning equipment and jars, jars and bottles for kombucha, and beer brewing equipment (like we needed hobbies that require more stuff). We don’t eat out, so we cook. And we love kitchen tools, therefore, we have a lot of kitchen stuff. We’ve never been believers in having one bowl and one measuring cup. Thank heavens, because some meals/projects have every. single. one. of them deployed!
I used to do a lot more crafting than I do now, and my husband is very creative, so we have a lot of craft supplies. Heaven knows the minute you clean all that out, you’ll find the PERFECT project, needing all the stuff you just got rid of.
When I stopped teaching, I did a good job of unloading all those classroom supplies right away. But being a teacher at heart, and a bonafide nerd, I love office supplies. Growing up, we always had a lot of paper and pens, envelopes, etc. around. It would seem weird to me to not have these types of supplies. I never understood people that had one pen in the whole house, or no “scratch” paper. Or who doesn’t have a box of kleenex in every room? 😬
And then there’s the holiday decorations. And hubby’s guitars. And our workout equipment. We’re just not even going to mention all my books, okay? shhhh
All of that, and we haven’t even touched on all the tools and equipment you have when you have animals, livestock, and DIY everything – feed, buckets, first aid supplies, hand tools, power tools, painting equipment, plumbing supplies, woodworking equipment, electrical supplies, etc., etc., etc.
I often joke that I finally figured out our house…you know how some people take an old barn and turn it into a house? Well we took our new house and turned it into a barn! Ah to have a barn so all the feed and tools can live out there. And said barn will also be a woodworking shop, so we can use all the said tools we have to build some storage shelves and cabinets. It’s a vicious circle.
Oh, and happy second anniversary to the pile of stuff for donation in the middle of the extra bedroom!
And because I’m not brave enough (hello!) to post pictures of all our clutter, I leave you with Walt…also known as Walterrrrr! Because he often makes an even bigger mess of our piles of mess, like when he broke into the pantry and climbed to the top shelf Thanksgiving morning!
Until next time, worms rock, bees rules and chickens are my Zen.
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