I'm finally back in a groove for homeschooling. We've had a few weeks now of wonderful progress and it feels great. Nate is currently balking at doing any copywork, but I know he'll come around as long as I continue being gentle with him. A few months ago, he balked at doing ANYTHING except art, but now he's eager to work in his math workbook when given the opportunity.
Yesterday I began tackling our master bedroom closet. Over the last few years, it has become a catch-all for so many things! I got through maybe 1/3 of it, and filled 4 garbage bags with stuff that needed to be thrown out. I realized that some of it I could have possibly sold via ebay, but decided it wasn't worth the effort. It felt better to just rid my house of it, instead of going through the hassle of making a couple dollars (literally, I'm sure it wouldn't have been worth more than a couple dollars in the end.) And, none of this was clothes - it was just stuff! The closet had become a place where I stored items purchased that were on sale and "could" be gifts, extra cleaning products, a million travel size toiletry items, books, etc. It felt good to get that started at least.
Thankfully, last night was garbage night, because I tackled more of the closet today and filled up another 3 bags, plus 2 boxes. I realized that I could have taken the time to freecycle some of the items, and did feel a bit guilty about throwing them out . . . but it was important to me to get it OUT of my house and I didn't want to deal with the hassle of people coming to the house. I would say the closet is now 2/3 finished. When we get to DH's clothes, I WILL freecycle those castaways, however.
Next I want to tackle the hallway cubby which is overflowing and blocking my access to the homeschooling cabinets.
One way or another, this house WILL be de-cluttered before the baby makes her entrance. I'd like to have it mostly done before my mom comes back for my mother's blessing at the beginning of April (but I don't know if I'll succeed.)