#TheOrdinaryMoments – From Chaos To Calm

I’m not sure whether it’s just us but Christmas seems to leave our living room looking much like a disaster zone.

Having watched the kids unwrap and open their piles of parcels, I almost instantly set about clearing the clutter by arranging their gifts into one area, I just cannot cope with the mess you see. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind the kids having their toys out to play with for a day or two, after all, that’s what Christmas is all about.

Whilst it drives my darling husband stir crazy, I just can’t sit in a sitting room surrounded by ‘stuff’. Thus, I tend to start on Christmas day evening by moving all edible goods into the kitchen, out of reach from the beloved basset hound, then I set about de-tagging any clothing and popping it into the wash to remove finish products from the fabric.

I see Boxing Day as ‘unboxing day’, thus we usually end the day with a garage filled with recycling from the endless and mostly needless packaging everything seems to come wrapped, tagged and secured within.

Once I’ve made a start, I cannot stop myself and it’s not long before the kids are being asked to find homes for all their new toys, games and suchlike in their rooms whilst I restore the living room to its former glory.

From Chaos To Calm – Before & After

#TheOrdinaryMoments - From Chaos To Calm

Call me an OCD freak of nature, call me whatever you please, I just find it far calmer when a room is tidy and clean rather than cluttered with Christmas caper.

Whilst I’m still content with the twinkly lights, for the time being, I’m fairly sure that it won’t be too long before they too get packed away for next year. I like to think of it as a new year and a new start, a fresh, clean and tidy start if you will.

Thanks for reading. I look forward to catching up with your #TheOrdinaryMoments posts either through your own posts or comments upon this post.

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  1. December 30, 2019 / 10:55 am

    It drives me nuts, especially now that I can’t actually move around a room that is full of stuff. I had a fall the other day simply because of the toys all over the floor. Thankfully, now they are older, it’s not quite so bad. I use one of those big Christmas bags to store most things in and the kids can dip in and find something to play with when they want. I don’t make them take everything to their room until the New Year. Then calm is restored and the decorations disappear. x

    • December 30, 2019 / 11:12 am

      I too had bags but they also drove me nuts

  2. December 30, 2019 / 6:00 pm

    We finally got around to putting everything away today. It feels so empty in here now.

    • December 30, 2019 / 6:01 pm

      Wow that’s early but well done !

  3. January 4, 2020 / 6:44 pm

    This made me laugh – I start the mammoth sort out as soon as the gifts are open!! I hope you had a really lovely Christmas and New Year x

  4. January 9, 2020 / 2:32 pm

    Oh and I thought I only did this. I spend Christmas afternoon doing this xx

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