Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Catching Up

Today I organized our kitchen food cupboard so I could better see what is in it. It's not very big, and after a season of rushing around to get dinner on the table quite a lot, it was in a state of utter disarray. I kept buying tubes of tomato puree, only to unearth one when digging for pasta or rice. I bought herbs that we had multiple extra jars of. And then I couldn't fit in the things we actually needed that I bought. It was time. So I did it.

And with that, the organizing tasks I had set for myself were done. I'm not done so much as I'm at a place that it makes sense to pause. Further organizing must take place in the laundry room, where it is too cold to work comfortably right now. As those organizational tasks will take a good deal of time and effort, I'd rather wait until it is warm, when I am not holding my body curled in on itself for warmth as I try to work. It will be quicker to do it in the spring.

I don't think I've been this caught up on organizing since before I became a mother. The frenzied sorting and packing I did before we moved to London doesn't really count. I did put things away in a somewhat organized fashion once we arrived, but there were pockets of resistance from the beginning. Which isn't to say there aren't any now (there's always something), but they are either reserved for spring work or are no longer my responsibility. Amazing!

Next thing I know, I'll be able to have - dare I say it? - a hobby. I know. It's a big step, but I think I'm ready. I'll keep you posted.

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