I’m thankful for:
- Silly, one-footed, toddler poses.
- An incredible view beyond what I could’ve hoped for.
- The joy of a simple breeze.
I’m thankful for:
Some people make a statement with spick and span homes that they have their lives together. Some are neat freaks. Some are OCD clean. Some are extremely naturally organized.
I do not fall into that category of “some.” If I’m honest, clutter comes easy to me. I don’t necessarily enjoy clutter; it generally does not drive me crazy. I can tolerate it, but eventually, depending on my mood and the amount of clutter, it does start to get to me.
When clutter annoys me I have two choices: A) let it grow, or B) try to tackle it. Normally in order to tackle it I need a source of motivation or a specific plan of attack. Often, my attacks come in a frenzied attempt to make the home more presentable before guests arrive. In a hope to become a better homemaker I am working on being more routined in housework as well as trying to tackle the clutter at times besides right before guests’ visits. (Though I must admit I finished this most recent decluttering right before my mom visited us!)
When I first saw a “Throw Out 100 Things” post – I was a bit skeptical that I could pull something like that off myself. However, as I pondered the idea, I became excited at the idea of finding one hundred things to get rid of from our home. How blessed would our home be with 100 less items? For my own purposes I figured blogging about the task would encourage me to see the, albeit silly, goal through to completion (and associate an unpleasant task with a pleasant one).
Maybe I’m selfish, but I’m hoping I’m not the only one prone to clutter. Perhaps this post will encourage others to throw out things that they are holding onto. Additionally, my thinking is that cataloguing all the things I at one point in time thought were worth keeping in my home (or that I was just too lazy to throw out) will encourage me to be more proactive at keeping the clutter away going into the future!
Without further ado, here’s my 100 things. I’ll include notes of what I got rid of (threw out, recycled, or gave away), and lessons learned along the way:
I say these are “lessons learned” … but I’m sure I will have to remind myself of them in the future.
How about you? What ways do you keep the clutter at bay? Do you think you could throw out 100 things?
It just so happened that the H date fell to Andrew to plan. Only fitting that such a handsome husband should be qualified to prepare for an H date, right? Andrew settled on a date idea and divulged to me that it would be a simple affair at home. I suppose a Home based date is the way to go for H anyways, right?
Bit by bit pieces of his plan started to take shape: We picked up chick peas (garbanzo beans… why it has two names I don’t know…) He took out the blender as he started dinner prep.
Before long he announced, “Appetizer is served.”
It’s not every day that you have homemade hummus. Actually, come to think of it, I don’t think I ever had hummus made from scratch before. Andrew out did himself. He served it Singapore style: with toasted naan (the Indian version of pita bread) and a garnish of chinese parsley. The chinese parsley was a bit to akin to cilantro for my liking, but Andrew enjoyed it the bite of the flavor. The naan was the perfect paring though, would definitely do that again. And I think we both agreed we are making hummus again.
What most of you probably wouldn’t expect for the main course, was another round of hummus. This time on pizza! Yup, you heard me right: hummus pizza. Andrew created the pizza using hummus as the base sauce and added spinach, cheese, and chicken. It was surprisingly delicious. Different, but tasty. It reminded me in some ways of a white pizza made with ricotta in that it was a less strong acidic note like tomato sauce is. But the chick peas added a nuttiness to the flavor that I don’t think I’ve had on a pizza before. It was a great veggie pizza, and believe it or not, I think we’d try it again despite its unconventionality.
After Gideon was put down (who loved the pizza – ate two adult slices!), Andrew sat me down on the couch in front of the TV and we started our movie for the night. Andrew had secretly obtained Homeward Bound – one of the classics from my growing up. I LOVE the movie, but hadn’t seen it in ages. I was excited, probably even giddy, to discover the H movie he had planned for our date. We both thoroughly enjoyed the hearty laughter that accompanied the movie. And for myself, I was thrilled to be able to watch what had been a classic in the house growing up, now with my husband in our own home.
So there you have it, H is for a date at Home with Homemade Hummus, Hummus pizza, and Homeward Bound.