Happy Friday! It’s been a long week so I’m thankful to see Friday and the weekend. I hope your new year is off to a great start!
One of my favorite things is getting organized and making life easier. That’s why I chose “simplify” as my word for the year. It’s been my word before a few years back. It’s something I keep coming back to. I am always saying “there’s got to be a better way to do this” when I’m struggling with a chore or something I just can’t quite get. Usually there is a better way- I just have to find it or make it. Or say no or let go. Sometimes “simplify” means to do or have less. The older I get, the more I want that!
One note about the Word of the Year- Instead of lots of goals or resolutions, you can pick a word that embodies what you want to focus on for the year. If you think it’s something you want to try or need, there are lots of sites and pickers out there that will help you decide. I chose my word based on my instinct but just for fun I looked at a random generator– it picked the word forgiveness for me. Well now! that’s something I certainly could work on but there are a few things I’m just not ready to deal with. Dayspring has a quiz you can take and they will generate a word for you based on your answers. They picked rest for me. I’m sticking with simplify because it should bring rest. Elizabeth McKnight has a list of 100 words for you to ponder. More words and ideas can be found at Goal Chaser and they have a post on ways to make your word stick.
I jumped right in on New Year’s Day and got to work on the kitchen. The day before I picked up this drying mat with rack from TJMaxx. I have always used a drying mat and never cared for having a big rack and drain out on the counter, but I was getting tired of the utensils being piled on the mat in a big jumble. (We don’t always dry all the dishes right away. Sometimes we let them dry on their own and put them away later.) Now they dry easier, quicker and look better while it’s happening.
I also cleaned out and reorganized three cabinets in the kitchen. Sometimes we (the hubby and I) get tired and lazy and it seems like we are just cramming things in rather than properly putting them away. We keep getting coffee cups and water bottles from different sources/gifts too and the cabinets just get more and more crowded. It was time to let go of a few of the older ones to make room for the new. I also collected several used jars and while I’m all about recycling and repurposing, if I’m not using the jars, they are just in the way. Out they went. I’m talking about spaghetti and salsa jars to be reused. Great idea but only if you really use them. I also moved my measuring cups from a jumbled mess on the cabinet shelf to hanging hooks on the back of the cabinet door. I should have used these hooks but I had some more like these on hand and some binder rings, so I went with it and made it work. Now it’s so much easier to access other things and to get the measuring cups, and little things like that make my heart happy. Simplified! And yes, you can add command hooks to my list of favorite things. I use them for decorating, organizing and so many things. The clear ones are perfect for hanging stockings and garland on a mantel.
My tiered trays make me super happy! A few days after New Year’s I had all of the Christmas decor down and packed away, so it was time to redecorate the tiered trays. On New Year’s Eve I went on a little shopping trip at TJMaxx with some rewards coupons to get a few things for the trays. I mostly shopped my stash of home decor in the closet, but it’s fun to add a few new things.
A couple more Rae Dunn pieces- the sip cup and the block- less is more. The less is more is also a reminder of my word of the year- simplify. The but first, coffee is from TJMaxx and the find your happy place is a $1 Dollar Tree item. The mini faux plants are from TJMaxx. Get this tray from Michael’s.
These were so much fun and I can’t wait to dig through my Valentine’s Day decor and decorate my trays for Valentine’s Day.
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