Does anybody else go a little nuts at the beginning of the year? While I don't usually come up with specific resolutions (last year being an exception for which I failed miserably) for the year, I do tend to try to work on general clutter and organization at the beginning of each year. I generally go full scale and overboard for about a month before I feel better. And then I get another burst at the beginning of the summer. And sometimes another burst when school starts again.
This year has been no different. I have been wanting to make some freezer meals specifically for breakfast because I feel bad about giving my kids cold cereal most mornings, so last week I made a big batch of breakfast burritos for Spencer.
I also figured out how to store this tree without undecorating (that's totally a word even if spell check doesn't recognize it) it first. I just put it in a garment bag and wrapped it with a sheet before zipping it up. It just sits in the attic all year, undisturbed and untouched, so it might as well stay decorated, right?
That's the sheet. I forgot to take the picture before zipping it up so I unzipped it specifically for blogging purposes.
Not having to do with organization, but Spencer turned 7 years 4 months last week. We got the photo shoot done minutes before he went to bed. That was a close one. Oh, and FYI, he wasn't wearing pants in any of these pictures. I had already almost forgotten that, and it's a tidbit I want to always remember.
I'm also trying to be better about walking to the bus stop to get Spencer, instead of driving. The bus stop is at the end of our street. It's probably 12 houses away but I always wait until it's too late to walk. Elliott likes to sit on this wall to wait.
Ginger got a new collar for the new year and I hung all of her old ones and seasonal ones in a single location in the laundry room. That's organization, right?
The weather has been lovely, so although I just want to stay inside and work on the house, we've been playing in the backyard a lot.
New slippers for a new year.
During a major kitchen island clutter and desk clutter overhaul I decided that it was time to get rid of some of the cooking magazines I never look at. I did keep the last 2 years of Bon Appetit, but all the rest went bye-bye.
So did Martha Stewart Living.
In general "I want things to look nicer" projects, we finally took down this 1980's-esque light from the front porch. We bought a new one, but due to electrical complications, it is not hanging yet.
Oh, and I did do some minimal decorating for New Year's.
And played around with filters one night.
And finally, I bought this shelf to go in the master bathroom, but it was too big for where I wanted to put it, so it found its way to the kitchen. It's the first time I have felt really good about the organization for Spencer's homework and school stuff. Elliott will join right in (with the backpack, but not the homework) when he starts preschool in July.