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Spring Cleaning

With Easter just over a month away, it seems time to begin preparations.  Winter has made this house feel increasingly smaller and I need some sort of respite!  The children have been playing outside more, with rainboots and jackets.  Winter will return toward the end of the week, but I can tell that it is losing its grip.

I spent a bit of time decluttering over the weekend.  Someone asked me if I was about done with that.  Well, I've been at it 14 years.  It is a lifelong process.  The stuff comes in, the stuff goes out.  Some big things are going out, I am sad to say.  All those internet rumors about lead on vintage Pyrex were true for me.  Most of my dishes, ones that I used every single day, are going out.  They failed the lead test.  Luckily, I had never gotten rid of the stainless mixing bowls I got as a wedding gift.  I used them for canning, since they were very deep, and now they will be used for everything else.  They were my gluten-free bowls, but now that we have a mill, there is no way this place could ever make gluten-free food again.

Animals on BowlsIt is oddly freeing to get rid of something with so much sentimental value.  I was never an avid collector, but I would buy most anything I saw at a yard sale or Goodwill.  There are a few more items to test and a few that did not turn the little swab pink, but I am looking at them all with a different eye.  New bread pans are on order, even though mine came out okay.  My parents had bought me new Pyrex bowls for heating and storage, along with a plain glass mixing bowl, so I feel more than set.  The aesthetic is not quite the same, but it's okay.  Yes, simplicity!

I have been looking over our toys, too, and sending a few out.  Some repairs have been in order, like those dear wooden bowls.  So sweet they are, so versatile, so prone to cracking.  Wood glue is a useful tool, though, and so they will make it a bit longer.  Toys like the mixer, coffee maker, cash register, and other play kitchen items no longer seem necessary.  They haven't been used in a long, long time.  There are so many things out there, something for every idea under the sun, and they just aren't necessary.  I have this secret wish to get through childhood without a heap of Hot Wheels and Legos (we have just a few of my old, giant stash).

I spent a lot of time clearing out my internet history.  It was so significant, I could not wipe it out with a single command.  My goodness, the time I have wasted.  I have also made a promise to myself to stop visiting some sites that were just time wasters, fillers in those spare moments that could have been spent otherwise (like sitting and knitting!).  Facebook is not one of those time wasting places for me, as I keep my friends list small.  And what kind friends I have--it is a pleasure to keep up with them.  Largely, it is a place for homeschooling connections, so it must stay.

Clothes are shifting (or sitting in the basement waiting).  I am tentatively considering putting the snow overalls away, though I know that's not a good idea.  Unless I want another big snow.  You just get anxious this time of year.  Our new Spring clothes have arrived, the first I have had to buy in some time, thanks to Hanna Andersson's generous sizing.  I went with a shirt each for the children and then the rest from Primary.com at the recommendation of someone here.  I am pleased, on the whole, though the sizing for girls may run a bit small.  Or maybe Willow runs a bit tall.  That must be it.  I bought some clothes for me from Gudrun Sjoden and I am in awe of them.  Just two dresses, but oh, the quality and feel and the delightful patterns.  I have hopes for more in my future.  It is strange to have such nice clothes after shopping secondhand for so, so long.

I think that covers the clearing out for now.  The crowd is awake and it is a new week.  Willow will work on addition today and there are more patterns to mail off.  Happy Monday!


( 5 trees — Plant a Forest )
Feb. 22nd, 2016 04:52 pm (UTC)
My daughter is on the small side and Primary does run small in my opinion!
Feb. 23rd, 2016 10:56 am (UTC)
There were some items that I just didn't order because they said they ran small. They were very nice about a defective shirt and promptly sent a replacement (and I can repair the other one).
Feb. 23rd, 2016 09:52 pm (UTC)
Bummer about the Pyrex!
Feb. 26th, 2016 11:44 am (UTC)
They will go to a good home. :-)
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( 5 trees — Plant a Forest )

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