Friday, August 31, 2007

I then spend two hours trying to find something I can get at to get rid of

I was determined to throw or give away at least one thing away yesterday. I have that look in my eye like “nothings sacred” look out! I then spend two hours trying to find something I can get at to get rid of. The two hours was not all at one time but I did keep track because the length of time was driving me nuts.
I finally gave a way some curtain clip rings that I was never in love with (they came from a “too cheap to pass up” sale). I did use them before we moved so it wasn't like I never used them.

Granted this is not a quick process right now- my left hand is burning like fire so that makes things grievous to do. Other things have been taking precedent, like shredding old bank statements from 2002 ( which I do regularly now). With online banking these days you don't even need to get mailed a statement. I can’t think of a bank that doesn't have it.

Cottage Living
The week before I quickly rifled thru my old issues of Cottage Living & found I could part with ONE issue *sigh*. I like that magazine for its way of dealing with smaller spaces. Not everyone has a home here they can have ten foot couch. I actually liked the ideas even when I lived in large home. We found an idea in CL to redo a bathroom in white bead board- very cottagey and super easy to install. It was a success.

I don't keep all my old magazines for “someday” but I do keep some. It actually keeps me from running out & buying more. I love magazines. I think they suite my attention span for reading. I use them as visual idea fodder as well.

I love decorating but found its not of much use if things are so cluttered the first thing eyes go to is the clutter NOT the Monet print.

I say all this to say "DONT GIVE UP"! Your small achievement today can lead to a bigger one tommorow. You may think you didn't do much but something is better than nothing. Right?

Thursday, August 16, 2007

We’ve been moving -please sympathize

I realize my blog is lagging behind but we’ve been moving so
any of you who’ve done that lately can sympathize.

In moving I learned the obvious
1) I have too much stuff
2) I’m more sentimental than I used to be. Must be that getting older stuff.
3) I’m horribly addicted to new curtains
4) Moving can cause an inordinate amount of spouse bickering.
5) You will live through it all
6) No one loves your home as much as you do.

Any prayers for home sales appreciated. Thanks

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