Sunday, January 15, 2017

I Want To Get Organized

Baskets full of everything. Drawers full of just "stuff". Cupboards where you have to dig yourself in to get what you're looking for. Cluttered benches and shelves... I have a basket in the kitchen full to the brim with everything from blinking drum sticks to precious Lego pieces, hair pins, pens, cat toys, flute cleaners, lost jig saw pieces, chap sticks, key rings, hooks to put up somewhere, measuring tape, gym shoes, purses, odd socks, brochures and just "stuff". I see that basket every day when I enter the kitchen and I think to myself "I need to sort that basket...". But I never do.

I think that basket has been there for almost 2 years now. Filling up only more and more. I can't even remember last time I actually looked for something in there. I'm pretty sure that if I just tossed it all, I wouldn't miss a thing of what's in there... When we occasionally have friends over for dinner I just simply move the basket into another room out of sight. And then it stands there for a few months, until we move it back into the kitchen again...

I can handle a morning when the alarm didn't go off or being alone juggling it all when Jay is working abroad. I can handle sickness, school work, birthdays, the family agenda and endless house chores. I can handle most things. But the clutter hidden behind doors, lids, in baskets and boxes... It really gets to me. This is the worst stress I live with, because it is constant. I would say my home has a clutter level of 8 or 9 on a scale from 1 to 10 right now. Still I do NOTHING about it. It is overwhelming. I don't know where to start...

I dream of a decluttered and well organized home. A home where there is a place for everything. A functional home that is easy to navigate, clean and store things in... Where there are no clutter and no digging around to find tape... I could swear I saw the tape in here somewhere or maybe it was up in someone's room, or in that other drawer... it should be in the office of course, or the kitchen maybe... ohhh... it's at the toilet behind the tooth paste and floss... Of course!

So to feel better, to be less stressed, I want to get organized. I need to tackle this. If I can take my home clutter level below 5 in 2017, oh what a dream come true that would be. I feel motivated. I think I've reached the bottom... I am ready to do this. Yes I am. I just have to figure out how I'm going to get there. Maybe I'll start with a list for ONE room and then take 15 minutes every day to tackle ONE thing on that list... That should help me move forward right? And if I tell myself I have the whole year of 2017 to deal with this, I should be able to succeed, right? Any advice, encouragement and well needed kind push in the right direction is welcome. Lets do this!



Kärlek
Annette


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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

I Had Tea With An Old Friend This Morning!


This morning she popped up in my Bloglovin' feed, in perfect time for my morning tea. So pleased. She always was one of my favorite bloggers. She still is. She does her thing. Rambles about life in its simplicity. A simple girl in a simple home with a simple family and a simple everyday life and yet so special to so many of us when she allows us into her little simple world. Full of all that girly, dreamy and romantic stuff like a pretty cuppa served with a delicious looking homemade cookie or cake, some colorful flowers and a bunch of delightful yarny goodness. Oh my her crochet creations. Love, love, love! And for some reasons her cuppa with a delicious looking homemade cookie or cake never gets boring. Watching her crochet projects grow piece by piece is always inspiring and never gets dull.

Having morning tea with Coco Rose Diaries this morning really made me feel warm and fussy inside. Maybe because I think of her as a Blogland friend. We have chatted some through out the years. She is one of those few bloggers that I feel a real connection to. When she showed up on my "blog step", it felt like no time has passed although its been more than a full year. This is what makes Blogland so fantastic. We connect. We become "friends" and we make each other happy. It is a very special community we have.

If you haven't already seen it, read it and done the happy dance in front of your computer in delight over this new blog post from Vanessa, pop on over and enjoy. I know many of you are fans, just like me and this might just be a one off but who knows, maybe... just maybe she is back. With baby steps. Lets hope so.

Note: Photo from Vanessa at Coco Rose Diaries



Kärlek
Annette


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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Back home, snow & dealing with tech problems







The house is warm. The Christmas decorations are down (see my tips on How To Organize Your Christmas Clean Up). The tree is ready to be thrown out, making an incredible mess on my living room floor. I cleaned the fridges (I have two!!!) and it is all shiny and bright in there. It is snowing. And although I would prefer just staying inside all day, I will have to get out there with the car for a dentist appointment with Emmy Bo this late afternoon. Suitcases are still not unpacked but the washing machine is running full speed. I'm dealing with a pile of mail and bills (!!!) and trying to get on top of things at home.

I've been wanting to catch up with you all for some time but I'm having some technical issues... I'm focusing on setting everything straight this week and hope to back in full speed as of next week. Some of you might already know about the Christmas Adventure that went down the toilet (I published a blinker on Instagram and Facebook while on vacation) but I still think I have a need of sharing the whole story with you here on the blog as a part of a process of getting over my great disappointment and to find some clarity in what really happened.

Anyhow. It is good to be back home. I'm eager to set my 2017 plan in action and share it all with you. I want to show you some nice pictures from a drive through a Swedish snow landscape, some jollyness from Christmas at my brother's summer house in Sweden, updates of my crochet projects and much more. Until then, snowy greetings from a Winter Wonderland back home in Switzerland.

PS Anyone out there who is a Mac/Apple geek? I could need help setting up a new machine. Any help is appreciated. :)




Kärlek
Annette


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