We came home tonight to this lilac just beginning to bloom! A second blooming this year!!
Funny, the meaning of fall harvest is so profound to me now. We have to pick our food, slowly clean up beds as they fade, plant crops for late fall harvest, plant beds to winter cover crops, and store the fruits of our labors away. All of this frenzy is for a clean up that leads to tucking our little farm in for the winter. With that thought passing though my mind, I came across a blog post last week from Mama Schell. It discussed the catharsis that comes from purging, simplifying. Her post was called 40 bags in 40 days. The basic premise is to pick forty different areas, clean them out and dispose of or donate what you no longer need, use, want, have grown out of, etc. By taking a space, even if it is as small as a drawer at a time, this overwhelming task becomes much more manageable. So when I think of the settling in coming soon, I want my space to be as simplistic and comfortable as possible.
Since school is approaching, I began today with organizing the attic closet and all of the school mementos that I have collected from pre-school forward. Everything is now better condensed into manageable quantities. The kids in turn will spend some time tomorrow going through closets and drawers to determine what fits and what type of school shopping we may just need to accomplish before next week. Then I will continue on through my forty areas.
2. Sewing Room 22.
3. Our Bedroom Closet 23.
12. Our Nightstands 32. Hall Tree
13. Our Bedroom Dresser 33. File Storage
20. Root Cellar 40.
Isn't this a great idea? Fall is coming and when you go to open your windows and let in the amazing fall air, wouldn't it be nice if that air could fill your newly reclaimed space? What forty areas can you look at to begin to simplify your life?