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“Letting Go…” by Cynthia A. Lovely

I have officially declared 2018 a year to Declutter and Simplify. Clutter can take over our lives and distract us from what is truly important. We all want a cleaner slate for the New Year, right? So where should we start? Well, first off, let me share a few tips that I have learned the hard way.

  1. PRAY. A short prayer for determination and the ability to let go. We can’t do it alone. 
  2. Start small. It is too easy to jump in with all good intentions and soon find ourselves…overwhelmed.
  3. Choose one thing to focus on and begin sorting. What is making you the most irritated right now? Closets? Kitchen drawers? Cabinets? Your desk?? Personally, I feel overwhelmed with paperwork. Writing projects, receipts, bills, letters, cards, saved brochures etc. But I can only do a little bit at a time or it makes me…crazy. So whatever area you choose to attack, dive in but back off when you start feeling like the piles of stuff are growing before your eyes.
  4.  Give yourself credit for every bit of progress, no matter how tiny! If you threw out one bag full of shredded papers, you have accomplished getting rid of SOMETHING. Sorting clothes? Again, one bag or box is PROGRESS.
  5. Put it aside, if an item ties you up with too many memories and you can’t decide to toss or keep. You can always go back to it later. Don’t slow yourself down.
  6. Space out your time to declutter. If you do a little bit each day, you will eventually see the difference you are making in your household. But if that doesn’t work for you, go at it one day for a few hours, then skip a day or two. We can’t dwell on the big picture or we will end up back at the beginning – overwhelmed.
  7. Pretend you’re moving : ) Seriously, do you really want to pack all that stuff?

Now it’s your turn.

What project will you start with? I’d love to hear some Declutter Victory Reports!



“A Lovely Country Christmas” by Cynthia

My Country Home ready for Christmas…


Yes, it’s all about Jesus. Let us be thankful for all of God’s blessings in our lives.

Best wishes for a peaceful Christmas season filled with the sweet presence of Jesus.


“Uniquely Ugly Christmas Sweaters” by Cynthia A. Lovely

IN MY WORDS – I had planned on writing a sweet, serious post about Christmas this week.

But finding these sweaters at a shop in Vermont pulled me in a different direction. 

Where did the ugly holiday sweater fad come from? Maybe from a good idea in the beginning that eventually got way out of control. When we visited Chester, Vermont this past weekend, I found this rack of “ugly Christmas sweaters” in a store on the village green. I confess I have never seen sweaters quite this…unique.

If you’re looking for a brand new look for a Christmas party, or entering an ugly sweater contest, this is the place to shop. I think you’re guaranteed to either get laughed out of the party or win a prize.

Sweaters may be found at Country on the Commons in Chester, VT.

Buy one as a gift for someone you love, admire, dislike, or as a dare to wear challenge : )


P.S. I was going to try one on, but just…couldn’t bring myself to do it.

 Leave a comment if you are brave enough to wear one of these sweaters to be entered into a drawing for a Hallmark Christmas dvd.

Serious post re-scheduled for next week.




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