Some people spring clean... I'm a Fall cleaner. So for the past couple of weeks I've been knee deep in bags and boxes of giveaway. Finally exchanged all of the girls' summer clothes for cold weather duds, packed away the summer things and have generally purged the house of odds and ends that had worn out their welcome. You know, it feels really good to finally be able to let go of things that I've been holding onto for various reasons. Parts of collection, things that have been gifted to me over the years. Things that are lovely but really have no place in my home. A few times a year I will go around and evaluate everything in the house; do I still need/want this. Can I live without it and just let it go? When I remove items from shelves and cupboards the newly opened space feels so cleansing to me. As though, clearing a space on a shelf has cleared some space in my mind as well. And this, in turn, leaves room for new thoughts and ideas. Creativity begins brewing... I still have so much work to do. More rooms in need of purging, but I appreciate the task and look forward to getting back to it.Of course, today is Tuesday so I took a break from the Autumnal cleaning and my mom and I took the girls to the library and the park. The downside to all this cleaning and purging and organizing is that I'm beginning to feel cooped up in the house, so the park was a wonderful diversion.