Patricia's blog

New Beginnings

Happy New Year and congratulations on surviving the holidays!  This is the time we start things anew and resolve to make this year a better one than last.

Deck the Halls

Thanksgiving is in the rearview mirror and we are speeding toward Christmas.  First item on the holiday agenda is to “festive up” your house.  Nothing will get you into the Christmas spirit like transforming your home into that winter wonderland.  To begin, de-clutter the living room and all areas where you are going to decorate – so there’s room for the tree and all your other holiday accessories.

We Gather Together

"We gather together" is the beginning of one of my favorite hymns.  It's about Thanksgiving, which is fast approaching.  It's a time for family and friends to enjoy one another's company (hopefully!) and feast on delicious food.  It has been described as the easiest holiday, because you don't have to worry about shopping for gifts.  Eating is the main focus.

The Forbidden Room

Lots of people have in their home or apartment what I call the “forbidden room.” It’s that extra bedroom, not in use as a guest room, where you store all the treasures you don’t have space to put elsewhere in your home. Too good to throw away, but no place for it at this time.

It could be extra clothes, lamps or other accessories, dishes, Christmas decorations, maybe that treadmill that you were going to use faithfully, extra furniture, fishing or other sports equipment.

The Eternal Dilemma

How many times has this happened to you? Your house is loaded with stuff that you are not using, but it is too good to throw away. Could be decorative accessories that you no longer have a space for, clothes from a former era (or weight!), an extra set of china – maybe incomplete, odd or partial sets of drinking glasses, kitchen utensils or serving pieces, sheets, blankets or other bedding, old sports equipment.