cleaning up the clutter ...
Tags: Vintage, vintage books, bottle brush wreath, vintage hatbox, organizing, vintage sewing notions
Today was another great day to stay inside and enjoy all that the week between Christmas and New Year's has to offer.  I have to say I love this week.  The responsibilities and obligations of Christmas are over and it's finally time to rest, recuperate, and relax.  Today I'm enjoying no make-up, numerous pots of tea, more cookies than I care to admit, and no agenda other than to watch the snow fall.  Heaven!

I confess I've let my house "go" since I started working at the consignment store.  I've spent some time the last couple of days reclaiming it.  I was embarrassed on Christmas Eve when my kids came over because it was in such a state of disarray.  They didn't care at all - it was my own unfulfilled expectations that got to me.  Even our meal was pitiful.  We're already laughing about it. 

So I tackled my office and re-arranged things on the bookshelf since I don't have my Etsy shops open at the moment.  I boxed things up and took them to the basement, filed Christmas receipts, and stashed the wrapping paper back in the attic.

Anybody else find the management of "paper" overwhelming?  I have so much to shred that I'm afraid I'll burn out the shredder so I don't do it.  Maybe I'll wait till spring and have a bonfire!  Much more efficient!

And I decided I have to stop buying old books.  I find them hard to resist.  It's not like I read them - though I have been tempted.  I have all these dreams of using the vintage pictures and color-plates in beautiful artwork ... who am I kidding?  Myself, I guess!  So for now, I'll look at them fondly and continue to dream.  For me, 2013 is going to be about fulfilling some dreams.  It's about time.  How about you?  I hear dreams do come true. 

Watching the snow fall and dreaming ...


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Reply from: Sylvia Faye on 12/29/2012 11:05 PM
 So happy to have you back and you are sounding so much more hopeful for the future. God does answer prayer but in His own timing and this past year has been learning just that. We have had many thorns but also many roses. Have a Holy and Blessed New Year 2013,
Reply from: Linda@Itsy Bits And Piecesd on 12/29/2012 11:17 PM
 I always am in a straightening mood after Christmas, too! Sounds like you had a fun day!
Reply from: Pam on 12/30/2012 4:45 PM
 Your workspace looks great Lynn! I too love the week after Christmas. I am thrilled to get the house back together and always find something new to organize. I had to laugh about the shredding. A couple of years ago I worked my shredder almost to death. It was touch and go for awhile, but it pulled through and I got rid of a TON of paper! Happy New Year!
Reply from: spencer on 1/4/2013 10:01 AM
 oh my... everything looks so pretty and orderly. i do know what you mean about paper... and i have a lot of books purchased for the very same reason... going unused.... for "one of those days"... I have a huge armoire that I hope to conquer soon... happy new year. spencer
Reply from: Carolyn on 1/8/2013 7:56 PM
 Hi Lynn, Just popping by to wish you all the very best for 2013. Love how everything is so organized and tidy in your room. I should be doing the same thing. hugs Carolyn
Reply from: Prudence on 1/9/2013 2:31 PM
 Lynn - I have missed you! I would love to catch up with you and chat. Send me an email and perhaps we could do that - sounds like we both need some encouragement for 2013. Bless you, Prudence


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