Everyone has their own way of coping with stress. Some people eat. Some people shop. Some people clean. Some people drink. Some people sleep. Some people work out. I'm sure there are many other things I've left off of the list. My way of de-stressing is one that might be odd to you but... it really does make me feel better. When nothing else is working, when I can't put my finger on why my life feels chaotic, when I need to have a feeling of accomplishment... I move furniture!
I have been known to rearrange entire rooms during naptime. Ben comes home from work to a whole new family room set up. Ruby comes home from school and I have organized her room and moved her bed and dresser. People are coming over for dinner and I decide to completely shift the kitchen or dinning room. I don't know why I do it. But it makes me feel better.
Don't get me wrong. I do a lot of those other stress reducers. I eat, and sleep, and so many more. But moving around a few pieces of furniture makes me feel a sense of accomplishment. It makes me feel like perhaps THIS arrangement will work better. THIS arrangement will help my children keep their room cleaner. THIS arrangement will give me the sense of peace I'm chasing.
Being a stay at home mom ( and now a work from home mom) I often feel pressure for my house to be held up to a certain standard. I mean, I'm home all day! My house should run like a well oiled machine, right? Actually it's the exact opposite! The more I am home, the more mess there seems to be. I clean up one room just in time for another one to be destroyed and require cleaning.
The more I am home, the more I notice all of the little things that need fixing, straightening, or painting. Other people probably don't see everything that I see ( I know my family doesn't), but once I see it, IT DRIVES ME NUTS! I just want to get it done.
But... then there are these little things called children and a job who hoard my attention.
They leave me with only enough time to do the one thing I know will make me feel better. Move something.
So, until I have an endless budget of time and money to do SOMETHING about EVERYTHING...
I think I'll move my china from the built in bookcase to the other bookcase and use that bookcase for something else. And then I'll move THAT chair from the front room to the kitchen. Ahhh that's a little better.