September for us means back to routine, it means early up, Papa back to work, weekday activities and the arrival of autumn. This year, there will be an added change. Ava is starting in Nursery class. Which means Heidi and I will have long mornings to pass on our own. I know one little girl who is going to miss her big sister dreadfully, and me? I really can't remember what life was like with only one child to look after! I will miss our big girl terribly, but I know she's ready for it, and I know she'll love it. I guess its chapter one in the book that all parents work through called "Gradually letting go"... I'm so glad we're right at the start of that book!
And so the end of the summer holidays is an opportunity for us to get our lives in order before the start of the new term... so far, three stuffed bin bags have gone to the charity shop, a large amount has been thrown out, and we are decluttering our lives.
Something about the country life I experience in Norway, combined with the onset of September and a new term, makes me want to strip back at this time of year. Get back to basics. Clear our heads. Clear our cupboards. Clear our drawers and baskets and hidden corners...
And there is something incredibly rewarding about it. About getting back to basics. About making space in your life, and in your home, to be able to appreciate it better.
So this week has been labelled "Operation Clear Out"... for the past seven days, we have sorted, thrown, organised, decluttered, cleaned and rearranged. And I actually feel like I have space to breathe again. We still have a way to go, but boy does it feel good.
And on that note I'd better head off... I've got another cupboard to clean out! In the meantime, I'm going to hope for at least one more week of summer weather before the autumn hits for real!