Welcome! I'm Melissa Gross, a dynamic and interactive teacher and speaker called to lead and encourage Christian women in their walk with the Lord through classes, workshops and retreats incorporating Bible study, devotionals, illustrated Bible journaling, paper crafting and mixed media projects that merge faith and art bringing God’s Word to life so you can find renewed excitement to dive into the Word, use your creative gifts, and apply the Truth as you draw closer to the Lord and serve Him in your everyday life. This site is where I share my everyday adventures, Bible Journaling pages, scrapbook layouts, handmade cards, and other crafty projects, as well as information on my upcoming workshops and events. I also post photos, ramble about books I'm reading, stuff I'm organizing, and other FUN bits & pieces of my wonderful life.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Christmas Clutter Countdown Weeks 8 & 9

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I am so excited that I completed one set of handmade Christmas gifts this week - a total of seven items in all. I added those to my Christmas gift box and updated my Christmas Gift List. I'm hoping to start on the next set of handmade items this week - I'll need to make nine of them.

The kitchen was the focus for these two weeks of cleaning and decluttering. I cleaned both refrigerator/freezers and checked expiration dates on the condiments. I had two items that were past their expiration dates, otherwise everything looked great. The second refrigerator/freezer occassionally freezes up when the drain hole from the freezer to the refrigerator for the defrosting gets clogged up, so I also got that cleared again. I straightened and organized all the pantry shelves and wiped down the containers in our baking cabinet. I also reorganized the Tupperware drawers which seem to get higgly-piggly faster than any of the other drawers! We normally keep a pretty well stocked pantry, however I've been letting things run a little lower lately. I made a huge trip to the grocery store and stocked up on all the staples and a few extra baking supplies I know I'll be needing for the holidays.

This is week ten of the Christmas Clutter Countdown, so I'm actually caught up and will be working on the living room this week!

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