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
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.
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