Good Morning, friends!
I come to you this morning as a much chastened and rather sheepish voice of decluttering.
If you were to come to my home on any given day, you would probably come away thinking, ‘this gal really practices what she preaches on the whole decluttering thing.’ The surfaces (tables, countertops, etc…) are typically clear, I don’t have piles of stuff laying about, incoming mail is processed and recycled daily, and my closest could be considered somewhat minimalist in that I have what I consider a capsule wardrobe. Over the years we have pared down our possessions, aiming to keep only what brings us joy or that we find useful.
But, chances are you would not have made it to the attic! 😱 Oh my. Suffice it to say that the skeletons in my decluttering closet have been hiding in the attic! But during our week of work last week, we banished those skeletons, which in my case are…boxes.
In the spirit of full disclosure and sharing warts and all, this is a sampling of my boxes of boxes that we cleared out of the attic last week. There are more around the corner, but I couldn’t get a good angle to show them all. Now, this is not the first time I have cleared the boxes from my attic; I do it rather regularly. So, heed this cautionary tale that things we don’t see can still pile up behind closed doors.
And as a pat on the back, in addition to now having a rather spacious and organized attic, we successfully crossed off all of our Week of Work projects! We schedule these seasonally. Our next one will be in January or February and I’m already making the list.
- Will you be visiting friends or family over Thanksgiving? Maybe attending a ‘Friendsgiving’ at some time? I have a great host/hostess gift idea for you. Check out these free Thanksgiving Wine Tags that you can print and attach to a bottle of wine.
- One of our readers, Karen, started an non-profit organization called My Recovery Buddy. In Karen’s words, “My Recovery Buddy was founded as a way to help people through the rough patches they are going through – whether it’s battling addictions, disorders, trauma, or medical or mental illness.” They are a clearing house of sorts for creatives who hand craft huggable, lovable buddies that are sent to their new forever friend to remind them that they don’t have to be alone in their recovery. These cute buddies can be sewn, knit, or crocheted. If you would like to help make buddies or if you know someone who could use a buddy, make sure you go to her page. You can see and hear Karen and why she started My Recovery Buddy here.
- If you would like to force Paperwhites this holiday season, now is a good time to start thinking about it. I just purchased my bulbs last week. They bloom about 4-6 weeks after starting them indoors, so plan accordingly.
- I 💗 reviews like this! This Brothy Beans recipes is one of our favorite meals and one of the things I appreciate about it is just how versatile it is. I haven’t added a ham hock to mine yet, but I can see it really adding some delicous smokey flavor.
This was great! I used water and threw a couple of chicken stock cubes I had in. I also had a ham hock in the freezer (very strange for me). I saw the note about how good the garlic is so I threw in 10 cloves. This was just so good. The aroma in the kitchen was terrific as it cooked and then the finished product was just delicious. I ate 3 bowls for dinner! I ordered good-quality dried beans from Bob’s Red Mill and cut the rind off my Parmesan. I will definitely be making this again.
- I’ve mentioned Spoonful of Comfort in the past. If you want to send some support and a delicious meal to someone, but they are too far away for you to drive it over, Spoonful of Comfort is your answer. They have a variety of seasonal meals, including a fun Halloween package. All their soups are great, but the Tomato Basil is our favorite.
- I know, it’s not even Halloween and I’m talking Christmas, but you may want to get started on this before the season gets too busy. This easy to make Wrapping Paper Organizer Cart will keep all your paper, tape, gift tags and ribbon organized and easy to access and is perfect for wrapping paper storage year-round. What I used to make my cart and how I have organized it. If you have dreams of organized gift wrap storage dancing in your head along with sugar plums, then this wrapping paper organizer will make all your Night before Christmas dreams come true! While I am honest about my decluttering and organizing failures, I can also honestly say that this cart was a game changer for organizing my holiday wrapping.
- For my knitting friends or friends who have knitting friends…we are running a give away! I have recently updated and added some Gift Ideas for Knitters. Pop on over there and…
1) if you are a knitter, tell me what your favorite on the list is or what I forgot to include or
2) if you are not a knitter, but would love to win this for a knitter friend/family member, tell me what you would love your knitter person to make for you!
All comments submitted today through Sunday, October 24th will be counted as entries. We will randomly choose one person to win this ‘if you knit, you know’ zippered pouch…the perfect size for all those knitting accouterments!
- Remember last week when I showed the REALLY big, hugely fun stocking that Kate made? Well, this week I’m sharing Sarah’s stocking. She knit the Chunky Christmas stocking in red,with a white cuff and added darling pom poms! She used Cygnet Seriously Chunky yarn for the lovely, bright red they carry.
Well my friends…with two birthdays and our Week of Work last week, I am woefully behind on blog work. I have so many projects in the works that I am chomping at the bit to get published for you!
So, I am signing off. I wish you a beautiful day of contentment and calm.