Sunday, November 30, 2008

Thinking & Doing

Sorry I have not been posting.  Instead, I have been busy organizing our home office (I will post about this soon), de-cluttering the house, and doing a little Christmas shopping.
I don't know why, but I've suddenly become very anti-clutter and everywhere I look, another room needs to be purged.  I think it has something to do with our deflating economy and the fact that after we returned from France, I was utterly shopped out. I suddenly had no desire to buy anything at all, neither for me nor for the house, and instead felt like organizing everything we already possess.  

We've decided to substantially reduce our Christmas shopping budget, for reasons of economy (and awareness at how much we spend) since our oil patch jobs may be at risk if this downturn continues.  

I just realized that I needed to spend some time organizing and appreciating the things I own and less time buying new things.  There is always something to want for the house. But we've decided to focus on the things we need instead.  And before I could begin that process, I needed to organize and de-clutter and get my consumer values straightened out a little.
So I am busy as a bee attacking one room after the next and re-deploying the home decor objects and items I already own.  It's really quite fun and nice to see the "want" list disappear and turn into a short "need" list, that can be filled eventually.

I will post more soon on my new-found de-cluttering gene and the little things we're doing for Christmas this year.  In the meantime, check out these pretty eco-friendly gift ideas from Viva Terra, a Colorado-based company.  Some of these things are wonderful inspirations for things you could make yourself!  


  1. Well done, I salute you :)

  2. Lovely images you've selected...amazing what can be done with a matchstick!

    Oh, I think you're on the right path here. It's always good to pare down. When spaces cease to function for clutter or excess, it's time to give things the boot. I feel that way about my refrigerator space right now. :D

    Yes, we have had snow a few times. This morning, we woke to an icy mix. Yucky. It's pretty, but so treacherous.

    Hope that you'll share more about your decluttering process as you go along. A simpler holiday is very much in the works for us all, I think.

  3. Oh my. I just discovered you through the link at Rita's blog and I have to say I'll be back!! What a beautiful blog you have Terri!

  4. simple, elegant, perfect ....
    love the little hammered bells with greenery.... ..

    yep...hang onto your hat... the oil patch is already beginning to notice ripple effects.....shelving projects, laying off bodies, turn, will be a major cause of a lot more ripples around here...

  5. so true - in every area. it's easy to find a million wants, but so much more difficult to realize what are the NEEDS and not be wanting something all the time.

    also, i hope your jobs will be safe! scary times.

  6. It is fun to make your own Xmas decorations!
    We never give expensive Xmas gifts, often a book or two. I always need a book. :)

  7. Organizing and de-cluttering are good for the Soul and especially in preparation for the New Year!
    Kind Regards

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