In a rush of adrenaline, I also emptied the kid’s playroom, cleaned it, and sorted through everything. I got rid of a ton of toys and books that no one plays with and I helped the girls choose some things to donate also. We talked about how fortunate we are to have so many things and about other children who don’t have many toys and books. Ulka was on board all the way and happily started filling up a bag. Ila was not as enthusiastic, but managed to part with a few things (she has no idea what I had already bagged up- it will never be missed!) Ulka and I loaded up the car and drove it all to the Unity House in Troy. What a great feeling to be rid of so much excess.
Now all the kids fall clothes are in boxes, labeled ready to go into their drawers when the weather changes. Thanks to hand-me-downs for the girls and the pass it on sale for the boys they all have everything they need, without overdoing it.
Of course I didn’t give away everything as I love to pass down my children’s clothes too- so Laura, be prepared to receive full fall wardrobes for those beautiful children of yours!
The kids have been so patient and good this week while I’ve been in a frenzy cleaning and sorting and organizing. Kitchen cupboards and drawers, my craft and sewing cabinet, a giant tangle of yarn oddments…..but it hasn’t been all work. Ulka had a friend sleep over for the first time and we went out to the lake in Scotia a couple of days, and of course to the pool and out for walks so we’ve been making the most of the last few weeks of summer too.
Now everything is sorted, school planning is well under way (more on that later) and I’m preparing for a very dirty, very happy, very exhausted boy with a million stories and a ton of filthy laundry- Ishaan comes home tomorrow!