We’re back with more trends for spring. If you’re planning to downsize your wardrobe and sticking to buying only a few new pieces each season, consider making these part of your purchase this quarter.
Our parents always gave us books as gifts on our birthdays and Christmas, and as rewards for doing well in school or extracurricular activities. Sometimes they were a bribe for doing something we would normally drag our feet on. I distinctly remember getting some money to pick a new Bobbsey Twins book one afternoon after a ballet class that I dreaded going to. Also, Philippine television in the early 80s was heavily censored due martial law. There were only three channels and cartoons were limited to a 30-minute show in the afternoon. By default, reading was a source of hours of entertainment, allowing my imagination to wander to foreign lands and different places in time.
Today, I find there are more options vying for my kids’ attention, which they sometimes find more attractive than sitting quietly with a book. Here are some ways that have worked for me to keep reading interesting and grow a love for books:
When it comes to design style, Mr. D and I might challenge each other on the details (art, patterns on rugs and drapes, accessories, etc.) but we do align on the big picture: clean lines, timeless appeal, and functionality. We didn’t want fussy details, but I wanted to have one element for visual interest to keep the kitchen from being too austere. More than a year ago, we started putting together a shared Pinterest board to share inspiration and see exactly what the other is thinking.
This weekend I’m hoping to work on some home projects that need tending before the baby arrives in a couple months. I always worry about my little one—who’ll be an only for just a couple months more—playing by on her own a lot. Then I remember that all the unstructured time I spent as a girl gave me the chance to dream and create. KJ Dell’Antonia of the NYT blog Motherlode talks about protecting kids’ play- and free time, curbing the tendency to over-schedule them (and ourselves).
Finding a routine
I perform much better when there is a timeline involved. In college, I appreciated professors that had a whole semester mapped out with dates for exams and design critiques. At work, when feeling overwhelmed by multiple projects, it always gave me a sense of calm to list deadlines for deliverables in order to get a sense of how I would plan each workday. Even with keeping the home I realized that only when I write down when I wanted each task accomplished would I get up and do them—be it cleaning out the refrigerator or organizing the children’s closets.