After a weekend of cleaning out closets, cleaning house top to bottom, including steam cleaning all the carpets (as well as my father in-law's house), finally finishing the "mending pile", odd jobs, paint touch ups, and organzing -- today is a rest day and the first real day of my stay-vacation. It's raining here - beautiful, glorious much needed rain - a slow and steady rain - the kind that allows to really soak into the ground and not run off.
Over the summer, I've been slowly going through our house room by room minimizing. Somethings have gone to relatives and friends, Salvation Army (Thrift Store) and a few boxes when to the neighbour's boys - to sell at the Saturday morning "trunk sales" - their summer job. It's been freeing to go through each room, getting rid of stuff which no longer has a purpose in our home. See my earlier post on Simplifying . I've been reading "The Joy of Less - a Minimalist Living Guide" by Francine Jay, and been working on Part Three", which gives practical advice on de-cluttering room by room. The hardest and most time-consuming room so far has been my home office. My small little office - a 8 x 9 foot room with a window, also serves as my sewing area and knitting supply room, books, filing cabinets, desk and computer. This room is away from all the other rooms in the house and often becomes a dumping area - keeping the rest of the house clutter free.
While de-cluttering I came across some crocheted lace I had made many years ago. I actually found a number of things stored away that I'd forgotten about, which I'll post pictures later. I've been bringing these pieces that I made years ago out and using them again.