So what have we been up to for the past week?
Deep cleaning. Purging. Going through every room downstairs, getting rid of clutter, deep cleaning. Vacuuming the baseboards and those little corners that never get cleaned. Washing the windows and steam-cleaning the floors. Taking everything out of drawers and closets and examining if it is really worth keeping.
It is both exhausting and deeply cathartic to start the New Year with a clean house. I love being able to look around and find calm places to rest my eye instead of chaos in every corner.
We didn't quite get it all done... Our bedroom was the last room we tackled and we didn't quite finish. Unfortunately I can still only manage about 3/4 of a day at 2/3 strength... and the kids run out of patience with playing on their own around 1:30... so Ian and the boys went on some bike adventures in the afternoon while I rested and did lesson planning. Hopefully next Saturday we can finish off the last room (our room)...
Mentally I have been doing a similar purge. Cleaning out the cobwebs that have built up from a year of stress and neglect. Reexamining my life, my goals, and my assumptions. Making some resolutions to take better care of myself and my family. Last year was hard. Terribly hard. Between the stressful decisions leading up to pulling Ben out of school, the stress of being a single parent for most of the week, and the health issues I have struggled with for 7 months... last year had us beat. We are hoping 2009 will be a peaceful, healthy, and uneventful year. This past week has been about setting the stage to make that happen -- tomorrow our real life begins again.