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Monday, January 20, 2020

This and That

My goal for January was to brutally declutter my home.  I have been doing fairly well in being honest with myself. Am I going to use this or is it just sitting here taking up space? I had a lot of dinnerware...you would think I cooked all the time and had parties like Martha Stewart.  Now that we are empty nesters and our children are raising families of their own, my entertaining has certainly changed.  My children do not want these things so they are going to a thrift shop here in Priceville. The proceeds from the sales goes to missions so it is a win win.

I am also trying to neaten up some areas.  One is the armoire in my bedroom that holds a variety of things.

Cards and some crafting supplies are in the top of the armoire.

More craft supplies and some genealogy notes. I wish I had taken a photo of the junk pile this was before I started sorting. This old armoire has been moved multiple times, held a variety of things and it has the scars to prove it but it is still a great place to store things you reach for often but you do not want it out for all to see.

I did find some stitches that I had put away and promptly forgot they were in the armoire.


My January Cottage...

I have tidied my craft closet, organized my cross stitch charts and as I was doing this chore, I had a mail call.

A gracious gift from my dear stitchy friend, Meg.  I was able to file them in my storage container and I know I will enjoy stitching each one of them.

I recently had a card from Robin in Virginia who is so kind to read my blog and to leave a comment.

It  looks perfect in my January vignette on the breakfast bar.

I have been focusing on a finish with Rebecca Nurse this week and I hope to complete it this evening.


What to stitch next???I guess I better start on my Prairie Schooler for February. Since it features a ground hog I need to hop to it.

Another goal for the new year is to keep my home tidy and organized. What is the use of purging if you bring things back in? I must say that watching some of the cleaning videos on You Tube has inspired me to do a little bit every day. Making a list helps keep me on target. I will try to report my progress in this area as the year marches on.

12 comments:

Ramblings of a Retired Lady said...

Purging is something we all need to do from time to time. I too have been going through closets and sorting clothes. We also got two new electric blankets for Christmas and so I am taking the old ones, along with the clothes I cant or dont want to wear to the thrift store. Feels good to make progress. I have the same candles you have! Have a good new week.

Laurie said...

It sounds wonderful, so many treasured gifts from friends, the new year is a great time to purge useless unwanted things, it’s even a good time to clear out our minds with wasted thoughts and ideas, fresh start all way round. I even purged my email and address book, sadly so many people aren’t here in this world, the New Years a great time to clean things up.

Sandy said...

Doing much of the same here this month. I don't think I have made as much progress as I wanted, but that is life. I am determined this is the year I do better and take care of some of it. The stitch is very pretty.

Robin in Virginia said...

I need to get on the purge train as there are many areas of our home that definitely need it. I would love to see a picture of your entire armoire if you care to share. I bet it is a beautiful piece of furniture. Rebecca Nurse is looking good and glad you found your January cottage. Happy Monday, Arlene!

Terri D said...

We don't have our cleaning person anymore so I am trying to figure out a schedule to get our cleaning done. I have always kept up with lite vacuuming and dusting but the major things have been hard for me with my bad knees. I am figuring it out and getting it done. Your stitching projects look great and I know you will show us when you finish each one!

Annsterw said...

I tried this last year and everything I sold, everyone talked me down so low on the prices that I was sad I got rid of it for so little. I cant sell anything anymore

R's Rue said...

Beautiful photos.

Joyce F said...

I've purged some things over the past year taking them to a local thrift shop that benefits animal rescue That shop looks almost like a gift shop! (They don't take clothes). Now I really need to clear our my closets but don't think I'm going to have time before my hip replacement on Feb. 5. Maybe reading about others efforts will keep it in my mind.

Mari said...

It feels so good to clean things out, doesn't it? I've been working on the same thing. Good work!

Arlene @Nanaland said...

Joyce could you send me your snail mail address agrimm55@hotmail.com. You won the giveaway!

RJ said...

Oh yes getting rid of things is my main goal this year. It is so hard for me to do but I have to make myself. What sweet patterns Meg sent your way. I know you will enjoy stitching them.

Rebecca Nurse is going to be so special. RJ@stitchingfriends

Carol said...

I am much the same way, Arlene--way too many entertaining type things in my cupboards that never see the light of day. And my kids don't want them either--people don't entertain like they used to. I do have to keep quite a few pieces of dinnerware and glasses still, though, due to our large family Thanksgivings. Good luck with your purging efforts--it does feel good to get rid of things. My new rule is that if I bring something new into my home, I have to get rid of two things. Seems to be working so far :)