As we’ve continued to unpack, it has been easy for me to get overwhelmed. Every once in a while I will open one of those boxes that was packed in a hurry towards the end of the packing process which contains three dirty socks (no matches), an iPod cord, a coffee mug full of loose change, twenty-two Legos, and a tube of toothpaste.
A survival tactic that I’ve employed recently is “accentuate the positive.” Let me give you a few examples.
Here are two shots of the new kitchen.
|Ahh, the top of the cabinet. A lovely tableau of green glass jars and my oversized Ball jar. So peaceful.|
|And in the other direction, the beverage station/buffet.
Kinda makes you want to scream and pull your hair, right?
Quick, look back up above. Ahh, all better.
Let’s try it in the dining room.
|Here’s my teacup collection housed on the freshly polished hutch.
I don’t like that lamp sitting there, but it’s not offensive.
|Now take a few steps back. This picture was taken a few days ago,
and I tell you truly that the table looks WORSE and not better today.
Go back to thinking about the teacups.
Opposite the dining room…
|The library. A cohesive collection of commentaries. Everything is lined up. And there’s that dumb
stuffed turkey wearing a mortarboard that my husband refuses to discard. Everything is in its place.
|Except down here. Down here nothing is in its place and everything is very upsetting.
When will I get to vacuum this rug? Maybe today?
So there you have it: my handy coping mechanism for the unpacking process. It also works for children. Don’t like the yogurt-smeared shirt your child is wearing at co-op? Maybe his socks match. Look at his socks.