Cottage Life - Welcoming March
March has arrived after February's major mood swing. I snapped this photo yesterday of a little boy hitchhiking a ride on his dad's shoulders during a snowstorm.
After several inches of snow fell, the temperatures rose and the melting commenced once more.
This is my garden this morning, which is pretty much the way it looked before two snowstorms passed through the last two days of February.
I noticed a couple of days ago that crocuses and daffodils are peeking through the snow, and that makes me happy.
My decluttering adventure continues with periodic breaks for rug making and normal life activities, like grocery shopping and running errands.
Here's my rug so far.
I really want to get it finished and off the loom so I can start on some collages for the Spring Fling 2017 I'm organizing. It will take place on April 8. This is an artisan/craft fair, similar to the Holiday Bazaar I participated in last December. Since there are no spring events like this in our community, I decided to start one. Fortunately, I've received lots of support from others who have planned similar affairs, and their shared experience is a big help.
As I mentioned, I have managed to get more decluttering done. I went through all my magazines and gave away about 30 to friends who will enjoy them and pass them along. I saved only a few of my favorites, which are kept by my chair in the sitting room.
I dumped out everything in the bag.
Honestly, I was kind of shocked at what I found in there. Just keeping it real here, but there were old broken compacts and stray mirrors, lots of makeup I purchased years ago and didn't like, brushes I never use, and even an old rubber band (good grief!).
After sorting through it all I came to realize I have 7 makeup essentials.
|Mascara, eyebrow pencil (and sharpener), concealer, liquid foundation, bronzer (I mix a little with my foundation in the summer), blush stick and lip gloss.|
I don't need all that other paraphenalia. These are products that work for me and I can let go of all that other stuff knowing that from here on out I'll use up what I already have, and I'll buy only what I need, when I need it.
This is what I discarded.
Everything else fits into a clear bag my dentist gave me at my last visit. (I like that I can see what's inside.)
This fits easily into our bathroom cabinet and when packing for a trip I can just throw it into my carrying bag. Easy peasy.
I really believe I kept all that other makeup out of guilt; feeling if I had made the purchase, I needed to hold on to it. That's just silly. I've learned from my mistakes and I can move on knowing I'll make wiser decisions going forward.
Oh, I did find in my before pile a nail file and comb that will go to homes of their own within our cottage. This is part of organizing like items in one place.
I am feeling so good about even the smallest decluttering I accomplish. Somehow it's energizing and it inspires me to do more. It's actually a joyful undertaking.