There's something so wonderful about the dawning of a new year.
It's as similar as an inviting bed with freshly laundered sheets, or a crisp white shirt not yet worn, or a new planner, awaiting important reminders to be pencilled in.
It's fresh and full of possibility.
As much as I love readying the house for the Christmas season, there's still something so refreshing about boxing it all up and starting over.
With all of our celebrations now past, this morning felt like the perfect time to start getting the house back in order.
All of the greens came down, dishes removed, shelves vacuumed and then wiped down.
I packaged up some bits of Christmas decor that I will just reuse next year.
Then I rearranged the shelves and packed away most of the brown transferware.
For Christmas, my mom gave me this beautiful marble pastry board. As this is where I also keep my mixer, I just decided to set everything out and have this as my baking counter.
I love having everything - mixing bowls, measuring cups, baking tools - all in one place.
Very mise en place.
It feels so fresh.
And of course, as this is right beside my laundry area, it also becomes a folding station of sorts.
You do what you have to do.
My organizing of the house actually started a few days ago. I just tried focusing on a cupboard or two each day, so the kitchen nearly finished.
I'm in no rush, but it's nice to have things back in routine.
Happy New Year!