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Tea, cookies and nostalgia. A cool and rainy spring day is simply made for spending time digging through old things — something about the rain encourages nostalgia. I advise brewing yourself a nice pot of hot tea or coffee and toting it with you. A few little sandwiches or cookies on a plate wouldn’t hurt, either. If you have an attic filled with boxes and old treasures, of course that is where you should head. If not, go wherever the stuff is — the basement, closet or garage, or maybe those photo boxes in the living room.Attic decorating idea: So what if your attic isn’t regulation height or fully finished? That doesn’t mean you can’t create a romantic little nook to escape to from time to time. Try placing a small writing desk in the center of the room and covering the windows in diaphanous white curtains.
1. Make a list. When you write down a goal or intention, something happens. It's not magic, but something shifts. Avoid broad commitments like "1. Get organized." Be specific. It's OK if it's a massive list. You may need to have a couple of lists: one for daily goals and one for everything you need to accomplish in your home and life, and you'll need to keep adding to it. You may even have a third list on which you record how you want things to be — your dreams, if you will. This could be broad, but it shouldn't be vague. When I got really clear about how I wanted my house to be, I wrote, "I want to get down to food, clothes and books." What do you want? "Get organized" is vague, but "Create an orderly home so I'm free from constant stress and anxiety" is clear. Or maybe your list will include things you would like to purchase or renovate. I need to write this on mine: "Living room rug, probably wool, dark enough and with some 'movement' so I can go more than five minutes between vacuuming dog fur." Then see what happens.I know this may sound overwhelming, but it's freeing once you get going. All of these things are bouncing around your head, whether or not you know it. Once you write them down, a tension is released, energy is marshaled and a plan begins to form. It doesn't seem like much, but you've made a start. Making a list is doing something.