Yes, it's March. And I did in fact say "Christmas cards". No, I haven't finished sending my cards [for 2011], but I'm still working on it. Lovingly.
Still, I recognize that 99.9% of my friends and family have finished their 2011 holiday cards...or have long since abandoned ship.
And as nice as that beautiful crystal bowl, brimming with holiday cards and well wishes, looked on my counter during the month of December...I became AWARE that it was time to free that piece of kitchen real estate.
In [poor] defense, I was originally leaving it there until I finished my holiday cards...but the longer it sat, the less impact it had. My eyes had long since become used to skimming over the clutter, my hands, finding another place to work.
Too, I had mentally filed away a beautiful idea from Marcia to save the cards for the year.
Last week, I plugged "File Christmas cards" into my trusty list of weekly goals.
I am proud to say I accomplished that goal. I really love how it turned out, too!
I sorted through the cards I wanted to keep...all the ones with photos and hand-written sentiments. I hole punched the cards and used two binder rings to put them together. I made a simple cover for the "book" with card stock, and I loved it so much, I got it laminated.
The girls have so enjoyed going through, pointing out our friends and family, too.
This little project reminded me -- made me AWARE -- of how freeing a clutter-free counter is.