THIS is what happens when we neglect our daily chores to complete a major home improvement project! This is the floor in Z's room. The surface of his bed and the rest of the floor are just as bad, but I couldn't walk far enough into the room to get a picture.
Part of this chaos is due to normal teen laziness. Z's main problem, however, is Executive Dysfunction. This means that Z has zip for organizational skills. He sees the mess, but he has no clue what to do with it. It's overwhelming to him.
I've spent weeks of my life sorting Z's possessions and placing them in labeled bins. This system works quite well IF we police Z's room EVERY DAY. We used to have to stand right there while Z picked up his stuff and put it away. Now that his ADD is improving a bit, we can give him a list of what needs to be done in his room. Then we check in on him a couple of times to make sure he's staying on task.
As you can tell from the picture, we haven't had time to police Z's room for the last few weeks. Our garage project was occupying all of our off-work hours. Now we'll have to sort through EVERYTHING once again.
An overwhelming sense of panic engulfed me when I turned the page on the calendar on November 1st. OMG, it's only 3 weeks until Thanksgiving!! We can't possibly get this house into order before we put up the Christmas decorations on our 4 day Thanksgiving weekend!
As most of you know, I'm a holiday fanatic. I usually get our house whipped into shape in September, so we can put up our Halloween decorations on October 1st. We then progress into Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine's, and Easter decorations. Due to our major projects, we haven't been able to get our Halloween decorations up for the past 3 seasons. However, we've ALWAYS been able to get our Thanksgiving decorations out. Not this year.
I was even beginning to despair that we wouldn't get our Christmas decorations up.....UNTIL....this happened......
My Christmas cactus burst into bloom!
Somehow, this event calmed my anxieties. I resolved not to let my depressive state ruin my favorite time of the year. In our home the Thanksgiving/Christmas season equals cozy family time, good memories, candles, luscious scents emanating from the kitchen, and most importantly, a heavenly sense of peace descends on our household. THIS is worth fighting for!!
I immediately put a Christmas CD in my truck and dug out the Christmas videos. Immersing myself in the holiday spirit has helped me immensely.
We've made significant progress in the last 10 days. Last weekend we got most of the outdoor winterization completed. Z decluttered the living room, while L vacuumed and dusted. L is now tackling his clutter in our bedroom. I washed the summer jackets and will exchange them for our winter coats and boots today. I went online and finished 90% of the Christmas shopping. Now I'll be ready to mail our Christmas/birthday package to SME's family by the time Thanksgiving rolls around.
This week we'll start on Z's room. *sigh*
Things are looking up around here, and I owe it all to my Christmas cactus. Do you think that my plant had a bit of divine help?