Thursday, January 21, 2010

Family Friday: Working Together

We have had a lot of fun with our new Family Friday activities! So far we have basically spent time relaxing and playing, and even socializing with my brother's family. This week will be different though, because tonight...

...we're going to work.

That's right, work. On Family Friday. You see, with all of our busy-ness over the past year, we haven't made nearly as much progress as we would like towards organizing our house. We added a baby, had a yard sale, and shuffled rooms around, which made things even more chaotic. The rooms we spend the most time in aren't too bad; the kids' room, the living room, and our master bedroom are all a bit cluttered, but usable. But the dining room? It has become the dumping-off zone for anything that doesn't have a home.

Anytime clutter starts to gather, a space becomes less usable. In many homes, the loss of a dining room wouldn't be a huge problem - but in our house, it's a big deal. Not only is it the only place for us to sit down and eat together, but it's also part of the main thoroughfare in our house. You have to walk through the dining room to get anywhere, and now that involves dodging boxes of junk, the dog's crate, the baby swing we aren't using anymore, the vacuum get the idea.

So tonight, we're going to work together to tame the dining room. It won't be the most fun we've ever had as a family, that's for sure, but the sense of relief will be worth it.

And Saturday morning, we're going to have pancakes for breakfast, sitting all together at our dining room table!

If you would like to participate in Family Friday, please let me know! I would love to see this grow into a blog carnival, a place for us to share our ideas for & experiences with family time.

1 comment:

Allie said...

I love that idea of taking care of the mess together and then sharing in the space you've cleared. I've been doing a ton of decluttering lately, and it's made a huge impact the way I feel about our home - and also how much easier it is to keep things clean. When everything has a place to live, it's easier to straighten up. I can't believe how hard I made my job by not having designated places for our belongings.

Hope you have a good day working together and a wonderful morning eating pancakes tomorrow!