I'm waiting to start until Monday b/c Brad asked me to. He will be joining me for this round of Whole30! I am so excited for him to see some awesome results. He's even talking about it on HIS facebook wall! My hope is that his foot pain goes away, his back starts to feel better, his snoring subsides a bit, and his weight starts to fall off. His sister and I think he can easily lose 30 lbs in those 30 days. BIL is doing it too. This could be a rough 30 days for us girls b/c of our whiny little boys!
Got Brady's and Makenna's bedrooms purged and reorganized. Brady's room looks really nice with only a few bins of toys in there. Makenna's still looks really cluttered, but she has a lot of little pieces to her toys that are set up around the big pieces (i.e. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs are milling about outside the cottage. ) It will improve as her toys have fewer pieces, or more easily contained pieces. I have 7 large boxes of toys staged by the back door waiting for the truck to the battered women's shelter. I paired up toys with their pieces as much as I could.
And as a result of cleaning out their rooms and boxing up all those toys, I was able to clear the toys out of the dining room, making room for, eh hem, a dining room! Later this weekend I'll be picking up the china cabinet and china from sister's boyfriend's house and putting it in my dining room. I'm excited! I have absolutely zero use for china, but it'll be nice to say I have some nice dishes.
We also got Brady a tv for his birthday, which he immediately got grounded from. He made some really poor choices at daycare today, so the tv is still in the box, sitting on his shelf. When he earns it back, we'll hook the Wii up in his room and he can play his NASCAR racing games to his heart's content without us demanding our tv back. And he and his friends will be able to play when they come over.
This is all step one in my plan to improve upon our home condition this year. I plan to continue decluttering and simplifying our house. Fewer things in the house makes me feel better. After removing the Christmas tree, we decided not to bring the entertainment center towers back in that was moved out to make room for the tree. It's made our room look so much larger. The bookshelf towers used to house toys, and with all those toys removed from the house, there's no need for the shelves anyway. We will probably put them in the basement until we figure out what we want to do with them. Right now, they're in the garage.
Oh, I just remembered I need to pack up my old pans too. They are also going to the shelter. I'm sure there's a woman who left in a hurry that could use some gently used non-stick pans. I could probably donate some of the blankets I pulled from the kids' rooms too. I'm sure the shelter would appreciate them. I'm so glad I learned of the shelter. I hated taking things to Goodwill. It really chapped my ass that I'd give things to them and they'd make an income off it. I'd much rather give my things to someone who needs them as opposed to giving them to someone who's going to sell them. Feels like a more worthy cause, in my mind.
Anyhow... that's what I'm up to... up next - finish the kitchen and work on our bedroom. Then the house will be mostly decluttered and ready for maintenance cleaning. So excited!