Friday, January 7, 2011

Starting slowly

I got started right away but my progression is slow.  I'm really feeling the need to streamline for serenity. I'm trying to be serene during the process and not do it like a mad woman.

My first step has been to have a glass of water every morning when I first get up. Sounds weird, I know. But, I tend to rush into the kitchen, make coffee which is dehydrating and skip what my body really needs.
So, I am finding it calming to have a glass of water and think about the day ahead.

I've started organizing. Preparing for the holidays had me digging into my built-in storage cabinet in the dining room where platters, candle holders, vases, etc. are kept.  It is a tumbling down place where I want to scream every time I need something.

I saw the massive amounts of storage containers at Target this week and picked out a few co-ordinating, cheery green and clear containers for this cabinet. I absolutely love it! I can access things I want-easily and move aside what I don't to get to what I do-easily... Yea, yea, yea!

I moved out the silver accessories, sadly in need of polishing because they are used infrequently, to the basement. Oh, woe is me when the basement day arrives, but- I don't live in the basement. I do live in the dining room.  Remaining are platters and glass serving pieces, a soup tureen I love but don't use often, vases (all together), my iron and spray starch (which oddly are most convenient here), and then my bins of candle holders, candles, tea lights, some seasonal decorating accessories. Not a heaping pile of things that tumble over as I try to retrieve something.

In the process I put several things in my donate bag, threw several things away and found a handful of items that I thought friends would use and gave them to them last night. They were thrilled and so was I.

I'm happy just opening it up and looking at it.



  1. Hi Beth....I've been without a computer since Monday. New one up and running as of a few hours ago. I have soooo much catching up to do in the blog department. Luv the idea of drinking a glass of water first thing in the AM. Life has been difficult lately and yet I know that compared to what goes on in the world, I've got it pretty darn good. We are having a birthday party for my dad at the nursing home tomorrow....he'll be 87. I always enjoy seeing pictures of your grandkids on facebook.


  2. A good reminder for me. I used to do the glass of water upon awakening and somewhere along the line fell out of that. Need to start that back up. And I'll drink it out of a pretty glass as your picture suggests!

  3. Hey, pretty lady.....I need some more serenity tips.