One of the things I put on my list was entertaining & socializing. I love people and having people over to my home is something I have always wanted to do, but have not really done much of in the last 5 years, because at 730 sq ft, our house isn't exactly a palatial manor! However, I've decided that instead of trying to wait until I had a bigger home (which isn't going to happen anytime soon), I was just going to start having people over and making what I have work for me.
This weekend was my inaugural start! I had my sister, brother-in-law and niece over for the weekend, and on Saturday night we invited my sister-in-law, her husband and my nephew & niece over as well. Since we had 6 adults and 4 kids in the house, I decided we should have dinner on the patio. Our patio table only seats three, so I brought our dining room table outside. We put the two little boys at the little picnic table we have, 3 adults at each of the tables and the two little girls in high chairs. It actually worked out great and we had a fun night-- until my poor 15 month old niece had a little too much dessert & threw up on her dad, our couch & the living room rug.
I feel very happy that we did this and have committed to having people over more often. If I want to live my remarkable, happiest life, I need to do more than just clean out my closets, I need to start doing the things that make me happy!
In other news, we made it a full month without eating any meals out-- but totally BLEW it this weekend!!! Friday night we had dinner out with my sister & brother-in-law (they paid, so it doesn't TOTALLY count!). Saturday after my bro-in-law and I ran our first 5k, we all went out for breakfast. Sunday, we went out to lunch before sending my sister & bro-in-law on their way, and today I met some friends I hadn't seen in a while for lunch. It is okay, though, we'll get back on the wagon again!
Yesterday, I gave up the plan to try to sell my purged stuff and decided to just donate it. So, we loaded up the truck and dropped off a massive load of stuff at our local Goodwill.
Here is the stuff that went:
Aaaaand here is the nice big open space left after we went to Goodwill!