Serenity in the Midst of Decluttering

I’ve been focused on trying to clean out some computer folders.   Of course I was sidetracked with the holiday pictures, most particularly this photo of my dining room (where I do most of my writing).  If you take away the pink IKEA chairs, add wreaths and greenery, it could almost be Martha Stewart worthy.  

For some crazy reason, this photo makes me feel like I’ve reached a pinnacle of serenity that my otherwise chaotic household tells otherwise.  And it gives me hope that perhaps I can organize my life, not so it fits so pinpoint neat into a magazine spread, but enough that I won’t be dragged into the dumps because clutter has invaded my space. 

[Sidenote: If you’re curious about what type of plant is on the table, it’s a white hydrangea.  Every Christmas, my husband gets me hydrangeas, another one of my favorite flowers.  I nurse them all through the winter months until he can plant them in our garden in the spring.  

Also, for those who want to know the purpose of the red bowl on the table, besides decoration, I keep it filled with clementines or other fruit for the kids to snack on.]

What gives you peace in your home?

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Vivian Lee Mahoney

Consider yourself warned: I write books about rebels. I'm also a postergirlz for readergirlz, a literary advisory group for teens. Who knew going back to the teenage years would be so rewarding?

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