The William Morris Project: 2014 | Week 2








I don’t understand how it is only week two of the year. Surely it should be June by now? These past two weeks have made it clear to me that I need to focus less on decluttering and more on simple day-to-day function. If someone were to pop over for a surprise visit, I honestly think I would pretend I wasn’t home. If someone who has never been to our home were to happen down our street, I would say that I was visiting the home of my really messy, unorganized aunt. Poor thing, she’s {this} close to being on one of those TV shows.

The house looks like a bomb went off. There is crap–because that’s what it is–everywhere, and it’s not mine. I really and truly can’t stress house naturally messy the boys can get if given free reign. Lately, they’ve had free reign. I’m too scattered, have too much going on, am too unprepared for the little things of the everyday. I must get some sort of frozen meal system going. October…what a fond memory I have of that month. This month has been so crazy and unorganized that all we eat is takeout or supermarket meals or meals I make on the fly that are far from great.

I’m very close to living fairly “uncluttered.” Now I have to be organized. You would think they go hand in hand, but I’m here to tell you that it’s all a pack of lies! LIES!

On the health front, I learned that my migraines are linked to my cycle/sleep/hydration. Mess with all three, and I have a perfect storm migraine waiting to happen.

And, finally, I know this will sound weird, but I kind of miss the pictures of my feet. This is not a sentence I ever imagined typing.

p.s. Happy 14th wedding anniversary to my husband, who is reading this in Dallas, TX. <3

Jules Kendall writes about books, family, and easygoing simplicity.


  1. says

    Between getting ready for classes, and being eyeballs-deep into teaching my first week of classes, it feels like it should be March or something. I’ve done so much in 2 weeks, and slept so little!

    Here’s to hoping things calm down a bit, and we all get back into our better routines. :-)

  2. says

    I, too, miss the feet pictures. It was interesting the things you noticed on the ground level. But, it is always good to try new things and decide what feels right for you.
    My kids are the same … and I am a neat/organized person, so to have three messy, unorganized munchkins running around, destroying my ideal neat space is a constant nightmare that I try to relax and be totally cool with, until I can’t take it anymore and it is ‘organization/clean/purge time!
    About the meals … don’t worry at all. You do, what you need to do, to get through some days. If it is a day that is pulling at your energy pop a frozen pizza – won’t kill you or them (kids love it!). When you are feeling creative and inspired then you can prepare a gourmet meal. At the end of the day, it doesn’t even matter one bit. You are doing an amazing job, and a meal at the end of the day does not determine your worth as a mother and a human being. Sometimes cereal for supper is the perfect end to the day!

  3. Kathy says

    Happy Anniversary, guys!

    Gosh! Flowers! So appreciate the sight of pretty flowers and oranges growing on trees on this very cold and possibly snowy day in the ‘burbs of Chicago.

  4. Jenn says

    I would imagine that your day to day responsibilities would suffer when working on your various William Morris projects because sometimes there is not enough time in the day to do both well. I try to have a dinner plan before I get sidetracked by a non essential project, even if that dinner is pasta and salad. I hate it when 5:00 rolls around and I have no idea what I’m making for dinner. Have you heard of the Fresh 20? It’s a meal planning subscription service. I haven’t tried it, I’m too mercurial, but it looks interesting.

  5. Susan G says

    Well, the flowers are pretty, but I miss your feet too. :) So glad you have pinned down the migraine cause. At least with two of those triggers you have some control – and eventually nature will take care of the third. As to organization/clutter – I am the opposite. VERY organized but way too much stuff still. It’s bad because I can avoid knowing about it because it’s all put away so well (and this in a small, old house with very little storage). What that means? I spend WAY too much time organizing my “stuff” – and eventually I feel tyrannized by it. So my task is to quit moving it around/packing it away/categorizing it and just get rid of (at least some of) it.

    • LauraC says

      Glad you mentioned that because I thought the same thing. I’m very organized, but I have boxes and boxes of pictures/cards and others sentimental paraphernalia that I need to go through and do something with or dump (mostly dump). Ugh. That’s my project for the year, get rid of all “boxes”.

  6. Trish says

    I miss so much going on in my house too by being distracted and then I turn around and the place is destroyed by my 3 kids. I feel like I’ve been on a constant mission to find some sort of organization in my life for years now. I look forward to seeing what you come up with. I’ll try anything!!! Oh…and I miss your feet too:)

  7. Edith says

    Hartelijk gefeliciteerd met jullie trouwdag! (Happy anniversary in Dutch (-: )
    I love all your gorgeous pictures, especially the oranges. Maybe you could photograph your feet on ‘milestone days’, like every 10 or 25 days?

  8. Beverly says

    First, Happy Anniversary!
    Second, even though I love your feet pics, I absolute adore the flower, tree, nature pics! All around me in South Dakota is snow!

  9. Jasilee says

    forgot the kids library books AGAIN! my family name is forever linked to the eye roll at school library now. it’s Tuesday, but some days Tuesday feels like a Monday, but should be like a Friday.. but that’s just wishful thinking. is it bad that i loved the snow days and want my kids home all the time? gross. lol

  10. Sarah says

    I feel so validated now. My 6 year old’s stuff is everywhere. Mostly his Christmas presents. He just seems to take a toy with him to each place in the house and leave it. So, there is an airplane by the computer. Some legos in the kitchen. Etc. etc. However, I am not close to being uncluttered. I have purged and purged, but all seems to be reproducing. This year, I am not going to beat myself up about it all. Or, at least stop myself before I get too far into beating myself up. I am going to just keep on truckin’. Eyes on the prize. Eyes on the prize.

  11. Polly says

    Delurking to say I miss the pictures of your feet as well. And there is a sentence I never thought I’d be typing. :-)

  12. Karen says

    Something you may want to experiment with for migraines … my husband has found that his migraines are linked to hydration but he needs to pay attention to keeping electrolytes, etc. in balance. Potassium seems to make a difference, so drinking a bunch of coconut water (high in potassium) or gatorade (ditto) will often help him stave off an impending migraine, whereas just water or tea doesn’t always work. Or having potato chips (plain lay’s are especially high in potassium) with water also can work. It sounds odd (and it’s quite different from how we generally eat/drink), but it’s made a big difference in the frequency of his migraines. I know there are lots of different types and causes for migraines, but this might be worth a try. Good luck!

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