If you've been to my house, you know I care more about people, play and projects than I do about cleaning and organizing. And so, as I prepared for Hurricane Irene, I've experienced several unexpected benefits.
1. Learned about all the prepackaged convenience foods available in the grocery store. Now I know why experts recommend stocking 2-3 gallons of water per person per day in your emergency kit. The sodium content of prepackaged food is truly alarming. It will dehydrate us dramatically.
2. Found the AC/DC adapter for Little Man's portable DVD player. Not sure when I saw it last.
3. Cleaned the refrigerator, to make room for not-yet-spoiled food. I usually wait 'til we move to clean the whole thing top to bottom. (Yes, we move that often.)
4. Organized materials for ongoing writing projects and put them in bins so I can work from my laundry room if I want to. If there's any port in a storm, for me it is work. I love what I do!
5. Moved the rug in the screened-in porch, which gave me the opportunity to *really* wash away the dust underneath.
6. Organized the storage area in the garage to make room for everything that normally "lives" outside. Six deck chairs, two ottomans, a patio table, a cocktail table, toy box, kiddie pool, hoses and sprinkler.
7. Made enough pumpkin muffins to keep two kids full and happy for weeks.What we don't use now will be perfect for back-to-school snacks. Little Man is excited to put them in his monogrammed lunch sack.
8. Finished all the laundry. Yes, all of it. If I am trapped in my house with two small children and two puppies for two weeks, I may go crazy. If we're all trapped together and naked, I *know* I will.
9. Reaquainted myself with indoor activities to keep the kids busy during the storm. They'll be fresh(er) in my mind for the season's first snow day. Bring on art time and dress up.
10. Remembered how little I care about most of our personal belongings. We could lose everything but each other and it would all be okay. I'd miss Little Man's artwork and family photos. The rest: eh, not so much.
Now, we'll sit back and wait for the wind and water. We're not on the coast, so I don't expect serious damage. If you're in Irene's way, stay safe. And remember: people matter more than possessions.