Another week, another look at the little ordinary moments that fill up the time but are easy to overlook and discount. But it’s these little things that make a good, full life.
One of the tools I recommend setting up in Simplified Organization is a “command center.” After finishing the chapter and putting together a new command center pinterest board for inspiration, I realized just how far entropy had affected my own little set up.
So I tackled it over the weekend. I thought about completely re-envisioning it, but decided that was just Pinterest-envy talking. My kitchen cupboard shelf dedicated to supplies is perfectly adequate and handily located and out-of-sight.
It felt good to get it cleaned out and taken care of.
On Monday my husband taught our eleven-year-old how to mow the lawn – with the riding lawn mower. We have an acre lot, so even with a riding lawn mower, it still takes a good 40 minutes to mow.
My oldest was thrilled. With his hat and sunglasses, tooling along, he definitely looked older. This has been a fun year to see him grow take on responsibility willingly and capably.
So it was quiet time. My four-year-old had finished his book on the couch and started following about 4 inches behind me everywhere I went, chattering about this and that. Finally, I pulled a book packed with pictures off the shelf and said, “Here, Knox, I think you’ll like this book.”
“What is it?” he asked. “Read it.” I said. “No, what is it called?” he asked.” “Read it.” I said. “I can’t!” he protested. “It says ‘Usborne Illustrated Encyclopedia.'” I told him.
“Oh!” he exclaimed, interested, “Is that Spanish?”
I didn’t intend to clean up the pantry this weekend, though it was on my mental “I should do that soonish” list. But, we went grocery shopping and as I looked at my bags and the shelf, I realized that it made most sense to do it before putting away the groceries I’d just brought in. So out came everything.
Taking everything out is a great organization strategy. This time, “everything” ended up including a forgotten (only 3 month old) chocolate bar!
It was a good decision to clean out the pantry over the weekend.