There are so many ways I can begin this challenge. Initially, I wanted to begin with a big house cleaning to give me a nice and sparkly slate to start from. But since I've only been home to sleep over the last week or so and our house looks like this right now I think the cleaning portion will have to come on a day when I have time to really make a go of it. So we're starting small. Baby steps.
The kitchen table.
I can tell you the last time we sat down as a family and had dinner. I can tell you this, because it's documented. I was very, very pregnant and Paul made soup, garlic bread, and brought me flowers.
Yes. It's been that long.
And this is what it looks like right now:
Are you judging me? Good. You should be. Our table has become the home of things we don't want to put away. It is not a place of food or conversation, it's a clutter zone. In fact, I even turned it sideways for better junk storage, as you can see.
And yes, those are the same flowers. Just dried out and falling apart on the table. So I'll start there. I put away the corning ware, the random food stuffs, the dishes. I wiped down the table, I vacuumed, threw away things I had been keeping just in case. I put back the chairs, and used a sheet as a table cloth. And you know what? It felt great.
This is more than I've done for the house in months. It may have been the smallest of baby steps, but it's a start, and I feel accomplished. My table looks sexy. It looks like a place where I can put away my worries and enjoy a meal with my husband.
This will be the first sit down meal we've ever had together in our home. We will be turning off our tech, and focusing on each other. I want conversation and connection, something that has been missing from our ridiculously busy lives. If we can't take a moment out of our day just to be then what's the point of it all? For the next 31 days I want this to be our haven, for our family to start good traditions and continue them beyond October.