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2015 Great Summer Purge and Clean: The Kitchen

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Weeks 2 and 3 were The Kitchen…dun dun DUUUUUUUUNNNNNN!!!

My kitchen was seriously TUH. RASHED! (trashed)  It was. For real. I didn’t take any before pics. Intentionally. It was embarassing.  Our family is horrible about cleaning up after ourselves in the kitchen, so it was gross, y’all. But I knew it would get cleaned, so I didn’t stress….I knew all would be well again. And it is!! I once again have a (mostly) clean kitchen! Ok, it’s a bit messy again, but it’s nothing that 10min in there can’t take care of it….and that’s where I like it. Easily clean-upable. Well, except the floor. But we won’t go there. Floors are the bane of my existence….don’t get me started….

2015 Great Summer Purge and Clean: Yard Work

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At the same time that I am working on a new zone each week….I am working on a section of my yard every week…in 15min a day because it’s too flippin HOT to do any more (plus I seriously hate yard work, but I can talk myself into just doing 15min.)

Yes, I really am being THAT industrious. We are NOT yard people. We hate yard work, we don’t do anything until things look bad….and things look pretty bad around here so I am putting some work in to make a difference around here this summer while I actually have the time.

So the first week I was working on this flower bed in the front of our Big Room:IMG_5607.JPGYes that really is the front of our house, unfinished. Don’t ask how long that’s looked like that…it’s a sore subject. But money is the problem there, since we don’t have the experience to complete it ourselves.

YAY! Art dresser is cleaned and organized now!!

2015 Great Summer Purge and Clean: The Big Room

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For anyone not familiar with my annual Purge and Clean, please visit this page for all the info. And read the start of this year here.

So….to continue…..apparently I suck at throwing up pics as I go too….but I’ll keep trying….here’s the big post that I wanted to put up about last week….

The room we call our “Big Room” is a garage conversion we use for our art/school area. I started with this room this year because I was really excited to get started on getting our school area revamped. It was completely trashed, as you will see, and I felt a fire burning under me to get it put together in a way that would encourage my children to want to explore and create and learn.

The Great Summer Purge and Clean 2015 has started!!

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Because it takes so long for me to write stuff up sometimes and to edit pics with “before” and “after” captions…so much that I don’t post as often as I could…I’m going to try something new…I’m going to throw up pics as they are happening. Then maybe I’ll tie it all up in an end of the week post with all the fancy stuff. Maybe.

So, if you’re not familiar with my purge and clean, check out this page.

This summer I decided to start my Purge and Clean in our “Big Room” (garage conversion), which is where our art area/school area is. 

Here’s how bad it looked before:        

I’d like to say the mess was because I had already started the job…but only a little of that is from the fact that I was already in the midst of working on it. Most of it was already trashed from months of neglect. I just haven’t been able to even think about what to do with it until recently.

Education is a mindset

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Not sure where this train of thought will take me…but I woke up today and immediately got on Facebook, as I always do, and got into a conversation on Facebook that made me think…

The conversation content isn’t entirely relevant because my thinking went into a different direction, as often happens, and got me thinking about why I have the opinions that I have about education. I have been exposed to a fair bit of “alternative” education…first in college at the child development programs on campus where our classes were combined with actual preschool programs to put our learning right into action…then at Harmony Day School, a private preK-3 child-centered learning program (seriously the BEST school that ever existed! I was devastated when it had to shut down.) and finally at SCICON Outdoor School where I taught hands-on trails out in nature about all sorts of science topics, and locally at The Discovery Center, where I taught more science classes and worked on some neat programs off and on for years.