Question :: what does one do do if ones home ends up in such a mess that one does not know where to start with putting it right?
Answer :: ones goes about inviting a friend to come and visit, so prompting an essential remedial clean and tidy mission.
This particular invited friend cannot just be any old
friend :: it has to be someone who's own house one knows to be the most beautiful,
desirable, inspirational, clean and tidy abode. Naturally, it's the obvious solution. Invite someone to your house who's style you admire enormously and who's opinion means a great deal, and there you have it :: Instant Motivation. Doesn't everyone do this? No? Surely you do? (cummon, own up, pleease?)
Well now, it damn well worked, this plan of mine. Knowing myself so
well, I was certain that my friend's imminent arrival on
the Attic24 doorstep would give me the motivation I
needed, and I was right. I have had many Complaints from the Management
about the state of the house in recent weeks, but quite frankly,
complaints from the management do NOT tend to motivate me, they just
make me smolder quietly.
So yesterday saw me spend a considerable amount of the day and evening attending to the forgotten business of Keeping House. And it was erm....fun. Yes, it was, I surprised myself to be honest.
Now I don't want to bore you with the ins and outs of how sporadic my
housework regime is, don't want this post to become a Housework post,
but more a Homely one. In fact, once I got down to business, it didn't take an awful lot to put the place to rights.
And I am certainly enjoying the sense of peace and tranquility and Cosy Homeliness that has descended on Attic24 today, it's been a pleasure to be here. Really.
I dug out my red gingham table runner that I made last year for Christmas. Tidied the table and the bookshelves which were both hiding under a mountain of paperwork. Tidied the Little People's art and craft corner which was beginning to invading the entire room. Tidied/chucked away magazines, letters, papers, brochures, toys, yarn, letters, tools, stationary, shells, leaflets etc etc etc.
So. Much. STUFF.
And I am so happy now that all is tidy(ish) and my little fairy lights are twinkling and the dusty bits have been dusted and the bitty bits have been hoovered. I even feather dustered some cobwebs, which was quite something. It has made me feel so happy! yaaaayyyyy!!!!
My friend Sarah is a delightful, funny, bubbly, creative soul and we do love a good natter about all things crafty and homey. We went to Knit and Natter together this morning, which was great fun. In fact, you can thank Sarah cos she's the one responsible for teaching me the joys of crochet. It was she who last summer, frogmarched me to the shop to buy a hook and a ball of yarn so that she could teach me to crochet, because she had just learnt herself and knew instinctively that I would love it. And how right was she? Love it? You bet.
You can tell what sort of a lovely friend she is, because the above gifts were dug out of her bag upon her arrival. A beautiful heart that she had made, and a wonderful bundle of biscotti biscuits tied with gingham ribbon. Gosh, I was close to tears. Yet again, for the umpteenth time in recent weeks, I was made so happy by the kindness and generosity of friends.
Thank you Sarah, today was such a pleasure. Hows about we make your visits regular, maybe say once once a month, you know, to keep my house in check? See you soon then, don't be gone too long.