Thursday, December 29, 2011

Winding down

At the end of each year - in order to bring in the new year all fresh and clean - the average Japanese household does "Osoji" or Big Cleaning. These are the cleaning jobs that typically only get done once a year such as screen doors, deep into the storage closets, behind the refrigerator, etc. You get the picture.

This year because of the bazaar we had in late November, I got most of my kitchen deep cleaning done very early. And now that my kids are older and they often want spending money, I have a lot of help getting the other big cleaning projects done.

Yesterday I cleaned my "pantry" space and my little office cubby and bookshelf in the bedroom. Today I spent the entire morning putting away Christmas decorations and cleaning and organizing the Japanese tatami room storage closet. I also cleaned off our front porch and put out our traditional Japanese new year decoration to welcome in the new year.

I'm not done with cleaning by any means, but a lot of the rest of the projects are going to depend on when and how much cooperation I can get from the other three members living in our home. Kids' rooms, husband's papers and books, etc.

I can't believe that I didn't upload this before now. Consider it my Christmas and New Years greetings to you. I thank you for reading of my blog this year and I hope you will keep me on your blogroll in 2012.

Happy Holidays.



Heather T. said...

Wow, beautiful card/layout! I hope you have a happy and fulfilling year, and not so much sadness as last year. Happy new year!

Beth at Five Kids Is A Lot Of Kids said...

I LOVE the family photo. Beautiful layout - but more beautiful people.

Sharyn said...

Beautiful greeting Holly. You are way ahead of me in the cleaning stakes. Mind you I need to declutter before I can clean. Have a wonderful 2012. Hugs.

akizo said...

fantastic greetings Holly!
love your beautiful and elegant style!
I wish you a bright and fabulous new year!!

Lulutoo said...

If I haven't said yet, I LOVE your Facebook cover! Just gorgeous! Happy New Year--I think it's going to be a really wonderful one! :)