Today I've been starting with a major declutter and clear up. I'm grateful for the little cottage I live in. I am not grateful for the state I've let it get in of late. Always so many other things to do. More fun things. It's become a place of flux and chaos, not the cosy home I want it to be. But enough is enough. The run up to Christmas seems to be a great time to make a start. Last year for the first time I can remember we did not put up a tree or decorations. There had been illness in the family. The bad weather right before made life hard. I only managed to get into work because colleagues with 4x4's came and picked me up and took me home. There was no parties or meals out. No last minute Christmas shopping in Oxford. It felt bleak and depressing. Then Chief got ill. Need-the-doctor-Boxing-Day badly ill. It meant he was stranded at the other end of the country from me. The weather and germs preventing us from having Christmas together. We have never had Christmas together. Something has always conspired against us.
This week I've told him I don't mind if he doesn't spend Christmas with me. I won't bore you with the details. He will try and get down for New Year. If he doesn't he's said he'll take me to Paris (or Amsterdam) for a long weekend for my Birthday Treat. (My birthday is January). However, I'm beginning to feel like I would like to decorate this year. To try and make some effort for Christmas. My feeling of pre-Christmas-slump made me shy away from any swaps that were Christmas in theme. Having made the decision to make the home a little more festive this year it seems only right I should make it neat and tidy first. I reckon if I do a little every day I'll have the place done and literally dusted in no time.
There is normally a lamp to the side of the stereo, but it's not worked for ages
so I've removed it for my brother to take a look at.
Today's decluttering and cleaning has been of this corner of my living room. Can you spot the mug rug that Lynz made me in the goodie swap?
I've done the adjacent mantle piece too, only I forgot to take a picture. I did take a picture of this though.
This is the second sleeve board I bid on. The first one I won the seller withdrew and refunded the money due to a flaw. So I bid on another one and it came in today's post. It's going to be so useful for ironing bags and I won this for the sum of 99p plus postage!
So no making today. Tomorrow I hope to return with that give away I promised you for hitting my 100 follower mark. But keep that under your hats. ::WINK::