So, yesterday I was feeling very overwhelmed with the amount of laundry I had going on. I'm generally pretty good about getting it done in a timely manner....but actually folding it and getting it put away is a completely different story. And, for some reason, this last week kind of got out of my control and I had a couple mountains of clean laundry and also a ton of dirty laundry.
Part of the issue here is my daughters. My fashion-conscious, always want to look pretty, change their clothes about 30 times a day daughters. Seriously, even though Bria spends 7 hours at school in the same outfit, she still manages to change it about 4 times after she gets home from school. Consequently, their room is usually littered with clothes and I don't often have any idea what is dirty or clean. So I wash them all.
When I am feeling overwhelmed with something I tend to start doing things that don't seem to help the overall problem. Like when the kitchen is a mess with dishes strewn everywhere and junk mail all across the counter and the floor in dire need of a mopping, what do I do? I start organizing the pantry or something. For me though, it helps a lot in the long run.
So guess what I did yesterday? I cleaned out the girls' dressers. I got rid of underwear that is past its prime, I put away clothing that is too small, I threw away socks whose mates have been long lost and I even trashed a few things that are just plain worn out. I found all kinds of lovely treasures in the drawers too. Things like rocks, doll clothes, jewelry, books, dead dandelions (thanks Chloe) and tons of those stupid air pellet gun BB things that Bria finds all over the ground when we walk home from school. I hadn't noticed all this junk before because of the tons of clothing that is always in there.
So, now that their drawers are manageable, hopefully the laundry will be, too.
I was thinking about how this applies to so much in life...the scriptures tell us to cleanse the inner vessel first. In all my struggles this past year, one of them has been trying to stay close to the Lord in all the craziness. I don't know about any of you, but it is so hard for me to even remember to pray until the baby is down for her first nap of the day. Studying the scriptures often falls by the wayside. Doing the things I know I should in order to have personal peace and stronger faith just aren't happening like they should. I've committed to work on that. To organize that part of my life before I tackle the really big things.
Hoping that once my spirituality is better on track, the rest of my life will follow. Just like the drawers and the laundry.