i'm in the midst of a big spring cleaning campaign right now. i make it a habit to keep a bag by the front door as a reminder to donate any housewares or clothing i'm no longer using or loving. this system works for me because, though i can be quite sentimental, i find it much easier to part with things when i believe they are going to be used and enjoyed by someone else. among other things, i recently decided i need to do something about my excess of books, too. and oh, is this one is tough for me. happily, i discovered this charity, which has really motivated me to let go.
at the rate i'm going, i expect that the uncluttered space i envision can be achieved by, oh, the year 2014. meanwhile, i am going to toss or donate one old item for every new item i bring home. it is not lost on me that one way to accelerate my mission is to limit the influx of stuff into my life. translation: shop less. so it is with some restraint and only a tinge of regret that i will not be buying any of these safari-themed goodies from anthropologie. (let's face it, i don't need a cheetah hand puppet.) they are too sweet not to share, though. after all, tidiness needn't be torture.
last week was a long one. and, it rained. but this weekend there was a sunny view from my kitchen window, plants thriving on the sill, and something sweet cooking in the oven while i washed the dishes.
and while i readily admit that i am one of those "monica" types who actually enjoys most mundane housekeeping tasks...
(because, c'mon, isn't clean and organized pretty?)
...that doesn't mean i don't appreciate a little reward when i'm done.
while i won't be visiting the eiffel tower this weekend, or eating lobstahs in boston, i will be giving some thought to a trip i am planning for later this spring. closer to home, there will be a visit to the farmers market, which is sure to inspire some serious cookbook perusal.