Yesterday we took everything out of Thor's room except the bed, the dresser and the bookcase full of books. Even the dresser drawers were emptied. And put everything in the dining room, which I had just thoroughly cleaned. It was wonderful yesterday morning, sitting by the open window, a pleasant and fresh breeze blowing in, eating my cinnamon toast and drinking my coffee...
Two hours later, the dining room was thigh high in three years' accumulations of rubbish by a teenage boy. It was a disaster area.
We sorted all his clothes, partially loaded his dresser (he still has an partially empty drawer!!). We sorted through all the games on his shelf, ditching about a quarter of them. We sorted endless piles of Legos, random bits of games and toys, school papers, notes, video game magazines and manuals.
Late last night, past 10 pm (I had to take Zach to the eye doctor so Thor got a slight respite) we dealt with the last things...He has everything he wants in his room, one rubbermaid bin of stuff he wants to keep, and four bins of legos still in the dining room -- I haven't gotten them to the garage yet.
He threw away, gave away and recycled an amazing amount of stuff. He is so happy about this! He was excited about getting rid of all the drifts of debris that had collected in the corners and the bins and the drawers.
My parents arrived today, to stay with Thor and Tess when Zach and I leave for Italy on Sunday morning. Since I forgot to buy groceries before they got here, I realized when Mom mentioned lunch that I have no bread, some potentially iffy lunch meat, and a few smashed Dortitos left in the bottom of the bag...So we had to go to On the Border for lunch. The kids were definitely okay with that.
Since then I have been doing laundry, trying to do a little more cleaning and organizing, and making supper...and hanging out with Mom and Zach and talking and planning about Italy -- where we will be, what we should pack, what we are going to see, looking at the book about Michelangelo, checking out the photos of the Sistine chapel. Which I will get to see IN PERSON very soon. I am really excited about that!
Whoa. I am exhausted. And getting really excited. And trying not to think about everything I have to do between now and Sunday at 3 am...