With the whole holiday frenzy over, it's time for me to embrace the ordinary. The color has been removed from the house and it's back to blah. Good thing I like blah. I also like things neat around here and one of the ways I achieve this is to have only a few knickknacks around. I'm super picky about what I let in and I prefer an emptier look. Also, with such limited storage I don't have much choice. I no longer have the luxury of unlimited closets, drawers and a garage. Oh sometimes I miss those days...but not so much that I wish them back.
Someone in the comments was asking me about my housework schedule. I'm one of those people who neatens as I go. At night when we are done reading or watching tv, I fold up the blankets and fluff the pillows just like the old lady I'm turning into would do. I like coming out in the morning to a tidy room. Same with the kitchen. After years of cleaning a big house, this one is a dream to clean. I dust, clean the bathrooms and wash the floors happily once a week. I do a quick sweep about every other day. I do the chandeliers and open shelving once a month. Everything else just gets cleaned as I go. For instance the pantry gets cleaned weekly because when I'm making my grocery list I always give it a once over and wipe it down. I love coming home from the market and putting things away into a clean pantry that is not overstuffed. Same with the refrigerator. The stove gets wiped down each evening after each days use. This may seem like a lot of work but for me it's a small price to pay because all these monotonous actions bring me peace. And a sense of calm. Just like Prozac only cheaper and with better side effects.