Sunday, December 19, 2010

Counting Down to Christmas

Spode Christmas Tree Dishes, at Macy's

Seven days until Christmas!

Don't forget to make a little time every day for yourself. Insist on giving yourself some "down time." Even if it's just ten minutes, you can put your feet up, relax, and do something just for you for a few moments. Read a magazine, sip hot chocolate, write in your journal, meditate, or call a friend. Prioritize this, even if it means not getting something else done. Remember the old saying, "A happy wife means a happy life."


  • Need to shovel any walks? Or better yet, force a husband, boyfriend or teenager to do it?

  • Fluff up your bedroom. Take just a few minutes to make the bed, whisk away magazines and books, dust the nightstand and lamp, replace fresh water into your bedside glass, carry out unneeded dishes to the kitchen, throw away old flowers, put away pens and notepads. Pick up clothing, hang it up or put it in your laundry basket.

  • Read a holiday-themed book with your children tonight, in addition to their normal bedtime reading.

  • If you celebrate Christmas, treat yourself to some Christmas-themed web surfing. Read up on the Christmas customs of other countries, revisit old Christmas stories, enjoy looking through Christmas recipes and crafts, and maybe peek at some Christmas webcams.

TODAY'S PROJECT: Getting Ready for New Clutter

My dream Christmas Havilland china, which I can't afford and don't have room for anyway.

Got kids? Clean out your kids' closets and toy boxes (preferably with their help) to make room for Christmas presents. Donate clothes and toys that are still in good condition; throw away the rest of the outgrown toys and clothes that aren't nice enough to give away.

I don't have kids at home anymore, but I will be cleaning out my guest bedroom closet. I did this back in autumn when getting ready for visitors, but I cluttered it back up again with some photography equipment and a couple boxes of books.

I'll also be sorting out my Christmas gift wrapping table, which is a disaster zone right now. There are many scraps of paper too small to use to wrap gifts, snips from ribbons, too many rolls of tape, and various fake flowers and beaded berries to put away where they belong.

LOVELY BLOGS: Green Apples

I can't sew, so I don't often peek at seamstress blogs. But I really enjoy seeing what this ambitious seamstress is wearing lately and what projects she's working on. I remember my mom carefully buying just one or two Vogue patterns a season, laying them out on the dining room table in order, carefully pinning them and cutting the fabric judiciously. Here's another person who can turn fabric and pattern into a beautiful creation to adorn herself with - fantastic! I also enjoy seeing how she alters or dresses up interesting clothing she's found at thrift stores.

Green Apples


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