This weekend was so busy that I decided to take today (Monday) off and finish my house cleaning. It always amazes me how the house can go from clean to a complete war zone in the matter of minutes. Cleaning is enjoyable to me (I know, I need help). It's a great stress reliever and as an organizer-type there's something calming about putting everything in its place.
This weekend I attend a Swap Party that was rich in goodies! I took four bags of shoes, clothes, jewelry, some housewares and purses. My intention was not to refill those bags, and I did a pretty good job. I did score some awesome stuff, many of it for Spring. If the Swap is really good, one can even find some fun gifts for others. This one didn't have as much, but I'm regretting not picking up the Stuart Weitzman ankle boots for a friend. Where was my head?
As I finally found a home for everything today, I also felt the purge bug again. It's addictive, this little bug. It feels so good to get out from underneath your stuff and get it out of your home. When you've been some place for a long time it's easy to get settled and then...the collecting starts. I can't live in clutter, so the last few years I've been doing major purging. Crazy as it sounds, but it's kind of euphoric, especially when others find so much joy in the things you no longer want. Today, was no different.
I sat down and started cleaning out accessories when it hit me - I'm not sure what I'm going to do for Christmas gifts with a very limited budget. I stopped looked down and saw a wealth of gifts before me. If I only concentrate on my family and one or two friends, I've got it covered. Hardly used or worn accessories which I could easily pass on to others. Fifteen minutes of cleaning and polishing and they're good as new! Yes, each one is specifically chosen for each person. One is a necklace I got around the age of 10-12 years old and not worn since college. I love the piece - it's shaped like a descending dove with three opals - and decided that it would be the perfect, and very special, gift to pass on to my niece. I just can't believe how much I have that I've hardly or never worn. It's fantastic! Who knew most of my Christmas shopping would come from the third drawer? And let me tell you, some of the women in my life are scoring! Meanwhile, I'm saving about $100+ in cash. I wouldn't say it's trash, but it's definitely untapped treasure.
At the moment, each is in it's own box and labeled and the bug is still eating away at me. Or...it's the spirit of Christmas. 'Tis the season to be purging...falalalala-lalalala.
What are your creative or inexpensive holiday shopping tips and ideas?