A couple of Tuesday’s ago I shared with you how I love the concept of Simplicity and I wrote about finding simplicity unwrapped in the Kitchen. Then Last week I wrote about simplicity unwrapped in the dining room. Today, I will once again, be joining Emily and others for Tuesday’s Unwrapped.
Occasionally, I have a day that I love to putter around my house, even the laundry becomes a chore that brings contentment. I love those days when making a home is peaceful rather than feeling like drudgery.
A few months ago my husband and his siblings had an estate to sort through. It was an unassuming ranch house, but the lady who had lived there had managed to accumulate a lot of stuff. The house had sold so all that stuff had to go somewhere. Thus began the journey of sorting and selling.
Needless to say we accumulated a
few lot of “new” things for our home. Part of our stockpile was old linens. Some of them in good shape, some not. Most of them had gathered years of dust and needed laundering. So, I found myself on an ordinary weekday (it may well have been a Tuesday) deciding that today was the day to take care of the linens.
I soaked, spot treated, washed on gentle cycle, some pieces by hand, then I hung them all up around my laundry room to dry. Some of them came clean, a few had stubborn spots that wouldn’t budge. A few I’ll still need to work on when I find a warm sunny day so I can use lemon juice and salt for the “rust” spots.
On this day that I enjoyed puttering in my home, it even inspired me to organize my laundry room and make it more efficient. Once the linens were dry, I found storage for them, knowing that I didn’t just want them to stay hidden.
Since then I have found ways to incorporate them into my decor. A couple are over the backs of chairs, some on dresser tops. I look at them and know that I have unwrapped not only the gift of bringing a little piece of the past into the present, but the gift of contentment while puttering around my house on an ordinary day.
What about you? Have you unwrapped the gift of contented puttering lately?
Puttering in grace,