I do it every year.
I unwillingly take down the ornaments from the tree and unwind the garland from the banister. Somewhere between halfway up the tree and the 6th rung of the banister, I turn into an obedient, maybe even excited, Christmas taker-downer. Removing these material items make my insides feel like they have been thoroughly dusted and vacuumed. I even get so inspired that some of my everyday decorations never quite make it out of their designated holiday hibernating holes.
As qouted in the book Anne of Green Gables, "Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it".
My house is not a tomorrow, but it is fresh. And because it is fresh, I am excited about the tomorrows that are to come.
I simplified my mantle, partly because I wanted to and partly because I couldn't remember what I had on the right side of it before Christmas. That's a sign that simplicty is greatly needed in my life...
I want to live simply.
Here is a simple picture from my phone of my updated mantle. The right side of the mantle, also known as the side I can't remember, has two colanders from an antique store down the road. Don't worry, I have rearranged the little wood flowers so they don't look quite so....simply stuck in there..
Here's to being a simple kind of WOman!!!!
This post may be more inspiring if you listen to Simple Man by Lyndyrd Skynyrd while reading.