Monday, April 27, 2015

Updating the Environment

There are certain people out in the world (like Kelly Rae) who love rearranging furniture or love spending time getting dressed in the morning. I am not one of these people! I am more of a "set it and forget it" kind of person. I want to find the best way to arrange furniture or decorate my house and then just leave it alone and enjoy it for all of eternity. I want to have a few solid pieces in my closet and then just grab and go in the morning. 

Having children really challenges my first preference. There's no way to "set it and forget it" when it comes to how our homes are arranged when there are young children involved. First they start pulling up on things and you need to make sure everything is appropriate for them to touch. Then they start walking and they can reach even higher. Then they fall in love with opening cabinets and drawers and all hell breaks lose. 

It goes on and on and on. And they grow fast! So readjusting the environment to meet their needs has to happen on a regular basis. 

The most recent adjustment I made to the environment was going through their closets. They outgrow clothing so quickly! I pulled out all of Henry's winter stuff and put it in a container in our "attic" and donated Tate's stuff that was too small. I pulled aside one or two cut baby/toddler things that I just couldn't bear to part with and added them to the boys' memorabilia Tupperware box. 

I find it difficult to make time for this kind of thing, and yet not making time for it can add stress to our lives on a daily basis. When there are two many clothes in the closet, it's harder to find things that actually fit or are actually appropriate for the weather. I'm also trying to be conscious of not letting the clutter accumulate year after year, since we plan to be in this house for a while! 

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