Today I give thanks for all of my clients, who let me play a unique role in their lives! I hope all of you have an amazing holiday that is filled with peace.
Collector. Gatherer. Shopper. Acquisitionist.
All adjectives that can describe those of us with hobbies that require "supplies" - woodworking, crafting, scrapbooking, sewing, beading, painting, etc. But here are some questions to ask yourself.
Surprise - it doesn't! It is the actual DOING of the projects - using the supplies we've collected to create and express our individuality that makes us artists, scrapbookers, quilters...(insert your favorite hobby here...)!
Is collecting supplies fun, inspiring, and social? Heck yes! We wouldn't do it if it wasn't! That being said, I see lots of situations where we're so over that stage and don't really see ourselves actually doing the projects. Then what? Time to Move On (read more here).
Still passionate about the hobby? Try focusing on the actual doing and watch your creativity bloom. If you don't get the joy out of the doing as you used to (or that all the advertising promised you that you would), remember it is OK to move on to bigger and better doings.
Ever noticed how valuable time is? Yours, mine, and everyone else's? I thought so!
Just the other day I had an appointment to sign some papers. It should've been a 15 minute thing, maybe 30 minutes at the most. Instead I was there for over an hour, on a Saturday morning.....because he was talking....about himself. I left there feeling frustrated, and honestly, a little angry. I had to percolate those feelings a bit to get to the root of why.
Those of you who know me know I'm a "get the job done", no nonsense kinda gal. We all have things to do, places to go, people with whom we want to spend our time. I also believe strongly in building relationships, and acknowledge that it's a two way street - the middle of your sentence can't be cut off by the beginning of mine!!!
My point you may ask? On a personal level I want the people in my life to know how important they are to me, and truly being present in their presence (kinda catchy, eh?) is one way to demonstrate it. Looking back I see that maybe this person was lonely. Or maybe he was bored. Or maybe he didn't respect me and my time as a client. I'll probably never know (but next time I'll be more prepared to interject politely be on my way). And I also know that on a We Love Messes level, it's important that each and every one of you knows how important you are - I'm honored that you've chosen me for your decluttering journey, and respect both your time and resources.
Maybe you bought more and had fewer trick-or-treaters. Maybe the "after-Halloween" candy sales were too much to resist. Or maybe your kids dumped their bags and only took their favorites, leaving a pile of sugar behind in their wakes. But now what are you going to do with all that sweet stuff? Well, even Halloween candy can be repurposed. As a parent who has faced the overabundance of Halloween treats, I've developed some interesting ways to disperse and repurpose the excess sugar loads.
My go-to method is finding dessert recipes with candy in them. Over the years these ranged from cookies with crushed up candies in them to a Snickers "salad" that was the next best thing, at least for me, to the Snickers themselves. Plus there are apples in it, which served to assuage my guilt just a little over calling it a salad. Making trail mix is another easy method, and a hit with the kids. Or you can throw some of your favorite chocolates into the blender with frozen yogurt for a special movie night treat.
Decor and More
Thanksgiving brought turkeys made from candy corn, Oreos, and malted milk balls; and pilgrim hats with chocolate wafers and miniature peanut butter cups. Christmas is a great time to use up the hard candies - they make perfect decorations for gingerbread houses. Candy freezes well, and can be used to embellish cookies and treats on Valentine's Day and Easter.
Play With Your Food!
Not feeling the need to expose kids, and yourself, to so much sugar? Use the candy for playing counting games, sorting projects (size, color, shape, flavor, etc), and alphabetizing by kind. Did you know if a Skittle is put in water the “S” will float to the surface? Find more candy experiments like this at CandyExperiments.com.
Sugar for a Cause
For those feeling altruistic, there are places to donate candy as well. To support our military troops, try Operation Shoebox or Operation Gratitude – just remember the key is to send heat resistant candy, not soft treats that will melt. And of course leaving it in the lunch or commons area of your workplace makes the candy disappear quickly.
Regardless of how you deal with the leftover Halloween candy, rest assured that Christmas, with all its sugary treats, isn’t far behind! What is your favorite way to use up Halloween Candy?
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