Well, good morning! It’s been quite the long, drawn-out holiday week here.
While Christmas Eve and Christmas Day were fairly quiet with just the 5 of us, we’ve had family in town this weekend, and yesterday we hosted a big family gathering for about 20. It was so much fun, and now I feel like the Christmas holiday is complete.
Of course, we still have New Year’s Eve to look forward to, and the kids are out of school for a few more days, but now that our final Christmas celebration is behind us, I feel like I can start to dismantle the holiday decorations and start putting my house back in order.
I’m not ready, to be honest. I love the Christmas season, and every year it seems to get shorter, but I’m also not one to let the holiday decorations linger. I like things clean and tidy and in order, so we’ll definitely start putting things away this afternoon.
We always start with the live tree in our family room because, well, it’s live! It was a little saggy to begin with, and it’s started dropping needles, so it’s time for it to go. And we’ll probably take down the live greenery in the foyer as well.
But I’ll leave the faux tree in the living room for a while. It’s so pretty in the dim light of dawn when I come downstairs in the morning, and the colors are neutral, so I feel like it looks more wintery than Christmassy. I think I’ll leave my lighted Snow Village in the foyer for a while as well.
When do you start taking down your holiday decor???
I love a fresh start, and I’m excited to get everything purged and organized for 2020, so that’s how I plan to spend the next few days.
Like most of us at this time of year, I find myself caught up in self-reflection and planning, re-thinking how I want things to look going forward, both here on the blog and in my personal life. I’m not much of a goal setter or list maker, but I do like to re-evaluate my priorities and set new boundaries at the end of each year.
I’ll be sharing more about my plans for the blog in my 2019 Year In Review, which I’m hoping to post this week sometime.
Meanwhile, I’m focusing on my household — getting things back in order, purging, cleaning, all that jazz. My closet is already done, so I feel like I’m a little ahead of the game.
I had another shelf put in when the closet installers were here working on our mudroom on Friday, so I took that opportunity to tackle that area. I was able to consolidate my jeans and pants to one side of the upper hanging space, and now I have a shelf on the other side for more folded items.
This is especially helpful in the fall/winter when I have so many sweaters. I won’t need that folding space in the spring/summer, so I may use it for hanging again, or store some of my shoe boxes that I normally move to the basement in the off-season.
Best of all, it gave me the impetus to get my closet cleaned out and reorganized.
Speaking of that basement storage area, it is a disaster. I am definitely going to need to spend some time down there this week, putting it back in order.
Any-who. That’s where my mind is these days! I’m sure I’m not alone.
I also want to take a moment to wish my Grampa in Maine a happy 103rd birthday! He doesn’t read my blog, so he’ll never see this, but I’ve been thinking about him a lot this morning. He’s a really special person in my life, and I wish I could be there.
I hope you all enjoy the rest of your holiday, and have a relaxing and blessed Sunday!