Tuesday, May 01, 2007

From the inside out

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.
Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. I honeslty can't really pray until Spencer is down for his nap. In the wee hours of the morning I'm too tired to concentrate, and then the kids are up and don't give me peace until he's down for his nap.
    So, that's when I pray and read my scriptures. It's a habit I'm trying REALLY hard to get into (since my gut reaction is plop down on the couch or in front of the computer)... anyway, you've gotta try and fit God in where you can, that's what I figure. I'm sure he's happy with what he gets (but like all of us, he wants more).

  2. Ah you girls, I soooooo remember these same feelings you are having. Always so much to do, that those moments of peace get tossed aside. I so relate. But it does get better. I have all kinds of opportunities now to study, to ponder that I never had before. But I also remember putting in talk tapes as I cleaned and had that going so I got "something" that lifted me and gave me hope for the future and all that good stuff. We so need that in this day and age with so much "negative" coming in at us from ALL around. In fact, Nate remembers coming home from school and watching the CES videos with me, so there is another way to get the kids hearing things as you listen too. You are all doing really GREAT and you are great examples too. (Am I giving too much advice?)

  3. For Lara's Mom - I love the advice you give her because it helps me so much too!

    I think that life often gets in the way of what we know we need to be doing, and making that decision to change things for the better makes things harder initially, but so much better in the long run.

  4. I too have troubles with laundry. Just today I washed, folded and put away 8 loads. I was seriously backlogged...

    One of the last times I did laundry I took a picture of my mess. Take a peek at this blog entry of mine: http://amyhummel.typepad.com/my_weblog/2007/04/10pm_sandcastle.html