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Thursday, December 8, 2011

I didn't feel like doing anything today - so I wrote you a tour of my home! Enjoy!

I have a serious case of the "I don't want to do shit"s today. Now, this may not be a problem for many people, but I am incapable of not doing anything so it presents me with a serious conflict. And since I cannot handle conflict (it makes me physically ill - that's why I don't let people start shit on my Facebook page - they literally make sick!), this presents me with even more problems.

I have to be doing something all the time. I can't just sit and watch tv, it drives me crazy. I have to be using my hands and my brain all the time or I just don't know what to do with myself.  Sometime I can kill a little time playing on Facebook, but I can only take so much before someone is stupid and I have to go do something else before I get overly irritated.  So I decided I would write today, now what to write about?  I know, I'll write about how my obsessive compulsive attention deficit disordered brain affects how we organize our home.

That is part of why our home is a little unorthodox in its layout.  The other reason is that it isn't just our home, its our school, our place of business, our art studio, and when its cold outside its our playground.  We have organized our home to fit our life, not the cultural norm.  We have decorated it for functionality and certainly not fashion! In our living room we have our 3 computer workstations and my sewing cabinet along with the usual TV, electronics and furniture.  I sit in my desk chair most of the day and evening (unless I am up doing housework or whatever), I have my computer on one side and the sewing machine between me and the TV.  My desk holds my basic sewing tools and office supplies, along with candy and stickers. The shelves over my desk hold other quilting supplies and books, the ones beside my desk hold software, more books, my quilting magazines, two of the 6 printers that are in our living room, and the boys portable video games. The boys have their computer on the other side of my desk, and all of Father's computers, printers, and assorted business supplies are on the other side of the room.  We have a couch and a recliner, but the dog and cat spend more time on them than any of the people do,

All of the console video games, along with our school books and supplies, board games, science equipment, basic art supplies and my good embroidery machine, are all in the "Master" bedroom (along with the big Christmas tree this time of year).  We have two TVs in our bedroom, one we can see from bed and another for the video games.  Our bedroom is actually larger than the living room, it is an addition that was meant to be a family room, and I guess that is what it really is, we just happen to sleep in there.

Our kitchen doubles as our dining room and our shipping center, so along with the usual dry goods and kitchen wares we have a case of envelopes and other shipping supplies in the kitchen.  

The boys share a room by choice.  They have a TV (a very large TV) in their room, along with about 70% of their toys, and their bunk beds and dressers and such.  The rest of their toys are usually either in the garage or (surprise!) our bedroom.  There is an additional bedroom inside the house which actually does NOT have a TV in it, we call it the "bonus room". Its a small room with an attached bathroom (Father's bathroom), so we use it for a linen closet and I have my cutting table set up in there, along with the cat's paraphernalia and the boy's shoes (its the only place in the house where the shoes don't seem to be able to grow their own feet and walk away).

There is  an enclosed "breezeway" between the house and the garage, it houses the spare refrigerator, some storage, and Jack (our dog) has a bed, and food and water out there for when he wants to come in from the cold, but can't come in the house for whatever reason.  Next to that there is the two car garage, which is so full of stuff that it has no room for a car to park inside. Someone closed off the back of the garage and created an additional  room.  It is about 8 feet wide by however long a 2-car garage is wide. That's my "sewing room".  When it is cold outside it serves as more of a "storage room" than anything else as most of my fabric stash,  my sewing machines and supplies, our craft supplies, my eBay inventory and my non-fiction books.are out there, but its too cold to actually work out there.   

Damn, for poor people we sure have a lot of shit!  Most of our shit would probably be trash to a lot of people, but it works for us. And as I started out this post telling you that I have to be doing something all the time, it shouldn't come as a surprise that I have a lot of freaking hobbies and interests.  And since I have a lot of freaking hobbies and interests, it shouldn't come as a surprise that I have a husband with a lot of freaking  hobbies and interests, and it probably logically follows that we have kids with lots of freaking hobbies and interests.  And all those freaking hobbies and interests require lots of shit.  We have been working on thinning down how much shit we have, but it doesn't seem to work as we continue to find new freaking hobbies and interests!  OK, ... I keep finding new hobbies and interests.  And I keep trying to hoist new hobbies and interests upon the boys, but that's my job as I am not only their Mother but their educational coordinator as well.  So we need a lot of shit.  That's my story and I am sticking to it. 

I mean it is not like that "Hoarders" TV show or anything!  Our home is cluttered, and usually dusty, but there is no garbage outside of the garbage cans, there is plenty of room to walk safely through all of the rooms, with open floor space to play, and it is generally fairly clean.  We don't "entertain" guests.  My parents come by a couple of time a year and my oldest son comes down to visit when he can.  Other than that I think we have had maybe half a dozen "guests" inside our house in the last 4 years.  We are not people people.  We don't have many friends, and none within 100 miles. So our house is organized to fit out needs.  Other people might find it unconventional, but they aren't living here, working here, educating here, creating here, growing here, and they will probably never be invited here, so it doesn't really matter what they think now does it?

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