Nothing much has happened indoors since part 1, thanks to June being the month to get the Farmlet tilled, raked and planted. We have also been working on enlarging the cleared area and planting a new raspberry patch. I’ve been madly picking rose petals (for wild rose petal jelly – yum!), too, but now things are settling down and I can get back to the mess at hand.
Today, I took advantage of the Kids’ absence (yea for summer camp!) to start “cleaning” their rooms. Now, before anybody objects to the idea of throwing out kids’ stuff while they are away and unaware, that’s not what I’m doing. I told them both I would be sorting the stuff in their rooms and throwing away only the obvious trash. The Boy grunted his assent while making Lego Harry Potter and friends play Lego Quidditch. The Girl wanted a definition of “obvious trash.” She was wise to ask, since I was assuming water-damaged papers and old princess stickers were clearly rubbish. She disagreed, so those items are safe. Sigh.
My plan is to separate the considerable amount of clutter in to piles – flotsam in one corner, jetsam in another, chaff over by the bed, etc. Bits of tissue, old band-aids, broken bits of old toys, partial pencil erasers, dried-out markers – TRASH. Usable but possibly outgrown toys, clothing, books, etc., in their own piles for inspection (and, with luck, removal). Current toys, clothing books – in piles near where they belong – I am helping them clean, by doing some preliminaries for them, not doing the whole job for them. Also, they will only be gone for 4 days. That may not be enough time to excavate all the way to the floor in both rooms.
They, like me, have a ridiculously difficult time sorting stuff. Each object they touch must have the memories associated with it aired before it can be dealt with; this often means an object that seems unimportant – even to the Kid who owns it – will become indispensable once they pick it up. I am hoping that having the categories ready for them to go through (with my help, and not all at once) will make it easier to see what’s important enough to keep, and what they are ready to let go. We shall see. If it works, I might have them go through my space and categorize my junk. I’ll have to be careful to define “obvious trash” really clearly, though.