4500 square feet. What the fuck am I thinking? Who does that? Who lives in a 4500 square foot home? I thought I’d be in full on panic mode. How on earth do you make sense of the chaos that is living with children and animals, in a 4500 square foot home? It’s seriously going to take me 30 minutes just to sweep the entryway. And the windows, now I get to clean slobber and greasy handprints on four times as many windows. I’ve got windows I can’t reach, and strangely enough they have handprints on them too.
We bought this home because we loved it when we walked in. The outside is nothing special, huge, but not unique in any other way. When we walked through the front door we knew it was ours. We knew it right away. It was perfect. Not priced any higher than the other, smaller homes we had looked at. It’s the perfect combination of old and new. I’m living in my dream home, only I didn’t realize it until I moved in.
This house needed every square inch cleaned. The previous owner, and I’m just speculating because of the state of the cobwebs and inch of sand on the walls, did not enjoy cleaning. It’s a LOT of fucking work. Like so much work that I’ve lost weight even while I eat potato chips and pepperoni like a hog. Like an ACTUAL hog. I just can’t stop eating. Our Radical Unschooling is playing an interesting role here in that I’ve never required my kids to do any chores. Come on kids! Seriously, now would be a good time to pony up with that housework you’ve been dying to get in on!
It’s peaceful here. Inside and out. The dogs are calm, the cat is calm, I feel calm and the kids are throwing bouncy balls off the loft trying to hit the 30+ foot ceiling. You didn’t think they’d be calm did you? Oh hell no. But now I have space! And if there’s one thing this Capricorn appreciates it’s a little personal space! Though, I am just shocked at how much more connection we are experiencing in this big barnhouse. It’s like we all have ENOUGH space that coming together is never an issue and we’ve hung out, played more games and enjoyed each other’s company more in this past week and a half than I can remember in our entire RV trip. Well, that’s not entirely true but it’s surprised me enough to make that statement, even if it is a lie.
I’ve got a list a mile long for today. The kids are sleeping in (there’s that unschooling thing creeping in again) and that gives me lots of time for scrubbing down the cabinets and steaming the bedroom floor. While I KNOW some of you are cringing; Yes… I’m actually enjoying this. Just find me in a year and we’ll see where I’m at with all that cleaning. Maybe I’ll still love it or maybe I’ll be selling the children’s artwork on the street corner to pay for the maid.