I have decided that this is the year - declutter - downsize - that's all the D words I can think of right now - but I'm going to do it. Not my dishes, mind you - though I won't be buying any for quite some time - at least until June - that is my plan. No thrift stores or yard sales!!
While de-cluttering I'll show you some pretties in our house that I don't plan to get rid of - the ones I'm showing today are the new ornaments I received this year as gifts.
|A tiny white duck with holly and ribbon - from Ben's family|
|Snowman ornament - made by Lori - from an old christmas card - love those googley eyes!|
|Santa and his reindeer - putting out the fire they caused coming down the chimney - a gift from Don|
|A reindeer made from a clothes pin - by Lori - at our family ornament making day this year|
|Made from a vintage spool of thread - from my SIL, Jason|
Later in the evening
I'm back - we got the tree down - the decorations packed away - the outdoor decorations in the shed and tubs of decorations to our daughter's garage - and some tubs to our shed - things that won't be hurt by being in an unheated shed. It looks really nice in here now - Don has vacuumed and put the furniture back - ahhhh it looks normal again. I will do a little winter decorating over the next few days - I'll share that later.
|A metal painted Santa - he was new last year - but I knew you wanted to see him|
1. Carpet shampooer to a place that repairs things like that (it was given to us and we can't fix it)
2. Power Washer to its other home
3-6 - worn out or broken ornaments to the trash
7-10 - Christmas tins to one of our daughters
11-12 - got rid of two cardboard storage boxes - replaced them with christmas tins I already had
13-14 - Mr and Mrs Santa - worn out from years of use - little embroidered pictures
15-19 - Shabby bows on the outdoor wreaths - 6 years is a good long life for that
20 - Wobbly and broken teddy bear - it is sad when they are no longer just shabby and cute - but really shabby
21-24 - Four snowflake ornaments with broken arms
25-28 - Four bags of candy to Don's work - bought too much
29 - Don's old robe to Goodwill (yes I had permission to give it away - he wanted a cotton one and got it for christmas - the old one is still good - just not what he prefers)
|The Washington State Ferry - all decked out - with Santa riding on top - from Ben's family|
There you go - I'm 7 days ahead - and lots more to go. Things will be nice and orderly by the time I'm done - perhaps tomorrow I will attack my closet. Or maybe I'll crochet and have a day off, what do you think?
|And our coffee table - with all the seaside items decked out with shiny red balls - I love how they glitter in the lights from the tree.|
Are you de-cluttering? Letting go of things?