AUTHOR: Carolyn Savage | POSTED: November 5, 2012 | COMMENTS: 7 Comments
We picked off the first of our November traditions this past weekend and it’s not my favorite. It’s certainly not the worst task, but there’s something depressing about winterizing our outdoor spaces for the looming snow and cold. In an attempt to work efficiently, Sean went off on the mower and I drew the short straw and started in the garage. You see, our garage is our family dumping ground. Retired baby gear, half used guck-covered spray paint cans, and an endless coating of microscopic dust littered every service of what’s supposed to be a place for us to park our cars. (Hah…cars in a garage! What a novel idea.)
Thankfully, I had asked a friend’s daughter to come play with the girls while I tackled the task. Unfortunately, I could have had her move in with us because there wasn’t a chance in Sam’s hell that I was going to finish in three hours. It honestly looked like Superstorm Sandy had made an appearance and dumped someone else’s junk in our home. I don’t have the slightest idea how we accumulated so much stuff.
Adding to the mountainous job-at-hand, I have a horrible habit of not staying focused. I think I get overwhelmed by the maginitude of the project and eventually I find myself working on something that wasn’t part of the original plan. It always goes a little like this…
Hmmm…first I’ll drag these old strollers into the driveway. Hey…I bet if I clean these old strollers I could donate them. Oh wait…didn’t I see a part of this old stroller in the basement? Wow, this basement’s a mess. Ahh…I’m so glad I cleaned the basement and found this stash of Halloween candy. Wait…why am I sitting on the floor in the basement eating Halloween candy? I’m supposed to be cleaning the garage.
Then I get mad at myself for allowing our garage to get to the point of chaos that it did. There was a time in my life that, that would have never happened.
And I think about that fact.
Why is it so easy for me to allow chores to go undone now? How is my life different than it was back in my organizationally obsessive days?
I think my life has changed drastically as a result of our journey. It took a real jolt to learn that it’s okay to walk away from “getting stuff done” in favor of “getting important stuff done”. What’s the “important stuff”? Well, for me, it’s playing doll house with MK… …
or pushing Isabella around on her new favorite toy.
Or…stopping my work when my boys are willing and able to talk, which are rare fleeting moments that are becoming more precious by the day. Clean garages are nice and should be a priority a few times a year, but I used to get bogged down in perfection, missing the moments that are truly perfect.
My priorities have rearranged as I’ve grown older and (dare-I-say) wiser.
I think I’m more balanced now. At least I hope so!
I am happy to report that I eventually got the basement…wait…I mean the garage cleaned. It took four hours longer than anticipated, and I’m pretty sure, based on the pile of trash at our curb, our neighbors think the Clampetts were living in our garage. (Actually somebody could have been living in there and we’d never have known!)
Oh…and bonus…I found three spoons.
Mission accomplished. Now off to some moments of true perfection!