The Great Christmas Cleanup of 2010
Good morning all! It is gray, which would normally make me feel kind of blah and lethargic, but since it’s not raining (and the snow has melted enough for me to get the minivan out & about) I believe I will tackle a few errands today with the little men…then begin the cleanup ~insert ominous music here~
I LOVE decorating, and truthfully I don’t mind putting everything away again, but with two little ones everything takes me seven times longer than normal so I have chosen today to begin the hunt. Looking for all the neat, sweet little Christmas doodads and thingamajiggies that I tucked in all nooks & crannies of almost every room in the house. It is inevitable that a few will be discovered sometime mid-January or later, but I do need to start gathering the bulk of the items in one spot to make for easy repacking. Since out tree is so large (over 16′ this year) I undecorate only what I can reach and wait for the hubby to be home to help with the 10′ ladder and retrieval of the highest ornaments. I even bought new tissue paper this year for packing our tree pretties! The stuff we had was completely a shambles! Wrinkled, worn and hole-y, the tissue had had a good multi-year run, and it was time for a fresh supply. I hope also, in my attempt at organizational paradise, to keep the tree ornaments separate from the other decor. Somehow things always get mixed in together….stockings with ornaments, ornaments with stuffed snowmen and glitter trees, etc.
So, beginning at naptime, I will fix some hot chocolate and begin the room to room hide-n-seek with the Christmas and holiday decor. Husband & I usually leave things out till the week after New Year’s Eve, but with my slowed-down process, I need to start now in order to get it together by then! Secretly…I’m already thinking about the countdown to the 2011 Decoration Extravaganza when I can get it all out again!