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mini-resolution: put away the last of the holiday decorations

by Meagan Francis on January 20, 2012

After a flurry of post-Christmas un-decorating, I ran out of steam…and the job never got quite finished. Rubbermaid containers sit, waiting to be taken to the basement. Several ornaments I found under the sofa are now sitting on an end table waiting to be dealt with. The faux mistletoe is still hanging in the dining room, waiting for kissers. And I’ve sort of trained my eye not to notice those things anymore. How many times do I have to walk past the empty creche before I pick it up and put it in a box, already? So far I would estimate about 78.

So today, my mini-resolution is to finish what I started and get the Christmas decorations put away. I’m leaving out the winter stuff, like evergreen branches and our front-door wreath, for a couple more months –  but anything that’s decidedly Christmas has got to go. It’s time to really embrace January and make room for new seasons!

(On that note, I wrote at Babble about why I’m not decorating for Valentine’s Day. I need a holiday break.)

Does anyone else still have signs of Christmas or another long-past holiday hanging around the house? Join me in putting it away today! Or come up with your own mini-resolution: a small, simple activity you can do to improve your life a little today.

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Autumn January 20, 2012 at 12:04 pm

I have my Christmas away and won’t do Valentines- except maybe a wreath. I just want to thank you though- my hubby and I cleaned put the empty bottles in the bathroom and I have so much space now. I do however dig a bubble bath out of the garbage later that night! Baths ate rare and I wanted it to be a good one. I am hoping to start sun salutations with my daughter soon and take care of that phone call- which in my case means do my 2010 taxes!
Thanks for the push!


Autumn January 20, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Wow- and apparently I can’t type on this tiny phone!


Kim January 20, 2012 at 1:02 pm

I took it one step further, after putting all the Christmas decorations away, I went around my house with fresh eyes and made a to do list that I want done before February 1. The only things on that list are all the piles that, like you said, I have trained my eyes not to see. Good Lord, I opened a bag and found suntan lotion, goggles and toiletries from a trip we took 9 months ago! So many piles, so little time.


Meg@Domesticated-ish January 20, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Don’t feel bad, I still have some Christmas stuff lying around also. I actually need to get a new rubbermaid bin for the extra stuff, which I tried to do one day, and when I got the checkout I realized it was paired with the wrong lid, so I didn’t get it. That was a few weeks ago, and still it hasn’t been taken care of. Once I get that bin, I’m all over it!


Magen January 20, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Oh man. Why did you have to remind me? I guess I’ll be finishing up this weekend. I did put the decorations in the tub…I just need to organize it and take it to storage. Good luck!


Karen January 20, 2012 at 6:28 pm

Laughing over the perfect timing of this post! I just spotted a gift bag packed with Christmas stuff shoved in the corner of my dining room and chose to not see it! It will take 5 minutes to put the stuff away, but there it sits…


jessica January 21, 2012 at 10:40 am

yes, i do have christmas decorations still out. must. get. them. put. away.


Crunchy Con Mommy January 21, 2012 at 11:05 am

We’ve all three been sick most of January so I’m afraid we still have most of our Christmas stuff sitting around (although the tree is down, all the ornaments are in a basket in the living room!). We should really get on that this weekend!


Sharon January 21, 2012 at 9:59 pm

I have my own rule that the Christmas decorations must come down on new years day. It is so nice to start back to work and school with everything all cleaned up.


Cynthia January 23, 2012 at 6:20 am

Hope you had a great decoration last Christmas..Thanks for sharing this post..


Lovejoy January 31, 2012 at 4:12 am

We took everything down two days ago. The tree was too dry and 2012 was here, so it was time for the holiday decorations to go. Some people in town still have their outdoor lights on, but we don’t.


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