Monday, December 14, 2015

Do Nothing, Do Everything Weekend

This was the one final weekend of "nothing" before things get busy and full of hustle and bustle for the holidays. While we originally had grand plans of a road trip to New Orleans or Nashville, we were proud to make the days into a wonderful combination of do-nothing and do-everything. 

Last weekend we bought our 8' tree and decorated it throughout the week. Waking up to the white glow and the fresh pine scent Saturday morning was a comforting reminder of the holidays, pajamas and full mugs of coffee.



With a pile of laundry to take care of and a house full of boxes, we made some major progress with cleaning, organization and simplification. All of this playing around with freshly washed wardrobes inspired us to each go through our belongings and select twenty pieces to donate to Goodwill. Piles later, we identified 65 things we could absolutely part with. We dedicated the next round of sorting to be focused toward what we won't wear before we move in March to a much more hip part of town. 

Between both activities, we cleared close to 150 items, leaving space in drawers and newly-available hangers. Nothing like a clothing purge to make you realize that you don't want anything tangible for Christmas. Staying within the theme of clearing out, we pulled close to fifteen pounds of frozen meats out of the freezer and the grill-master went to work in our unseasonable 70-degree weather. 

FaceTime with my parents on Sunday and getting many of our holiday cards in the mail warmed our hearts while the grilled cheese cookoff in our kitchen warmed our bodies. We were supposed to attend the Memphis Grilled Cheese Festival, but with rain in the forecast we opted to go buy our own award-winning ingredients to challenge each other in surprisingly not our cheesiest competition ever. Mine was a spicy & crunchy nacho grilled cheese while his was a bacon-swiss-mushroom delicious yummy thing. Spicy crunchy nacho won for flavor and Brian's won for structure & presentation. Cheers to cheese!

Finally, we made it to the gym Friday, Saturday and Sunday with a great sweat and burn each time. We're getting ahead of the New Year's Resolution crowd at the gym and getting into our own healthy routine with 179 days until our summer tropical vacation to the D.R. and hopefully something sooner than that with the whole family. 

How was your weekend?

15 comments

P!nky said...

A busy and chill weekend is the best! Glad you were able to get the tree and some gym time in!

Amanda - Voyage of the MeeMee said...

I always hate the idea of purging my clothes... until I start to actually do it! It feels so good to get rid of CRAP!

Nadine Lynn said...

You guys purged a lot of items! That is awesome!! Amazing what we can let go when we really think about it, right? Both of your grilled cheeses sound so fun! Well, minus the mushroom part. I am not a mushroom fan. Look at you hitting your work outs!!! Hope you have a great week and enjoy that tree!

MacKensie said...

Nommmmm

Amy @ Living n Learning said...

Sounds like a great weekend! I need to get my Christmas cards out this weekend. I love sending snail mail.

Making Restorations said...

This sounds like a good productive weekend. Love that you guys did a clothing purge. I think we will be doing the same after Christmas to start off the new year
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Myra said...

I love clothing purges! Something about getting rid of all the extra things you just don't need / use anymore really helps me feel at ease!

Also, gimme all the grilled cheese sandwiches. K thanks. xo

BLovedBoston said...

I'd call that a pretty productive weekend - I love cleaning house! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

Sarah :: Plucky in Love said...

I so prefer working out at the gym when no one else is around. I'm not sure why. And "179 days until"... but who's counting, right? ;)

Amy's Fashion Blog said...

sounds like the prefect weekend.

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Life with Lolo said...

Way to go with the purging. I need to go through all my stuff so very badly and declutter and let go. It just keeps getting put off. Maybe with some time off over the holidays I can make it happen! Also, those grilled cheeses sound TO DIE FOR!

Kenzie Smith said...

You two are absolutely adorable! I love that you had your own grilled cheese cook off :) Sounds like you guys are having so much fun!

Laura Darling said...

Productive weekends are the best! Purging feels so good. I always vow never to shop again! :)

Kristen @ See You In A Porridge said...

so many things! you go girl. i need to do that this weekend. sometimes it's just too overwhelming, SO much stuff, you know? just do it kristen!
both of your cheese thingys sound amazing. you guys are so fun and adorable, KC and I would never think to do something that awesome and fun.
yay 179 days! well, like 177 now, right? yay! fun!

alyssa said...

What a lovely and productive weekend! Will you make me grilled cheese in 2016?? :) Great job coming up with all those things to donate!