It’s reality time around here today. Well … yesterday, today and a few more days following. If I am brave enough to post the pictures, this article will prove once and for all, that indeed, I don’t always have a spotless house!
Yes, this post involves one ugly mess AND toilet paper . . . but don’t worry, one has no relation to the other (at least not today).
True, we’re barely at the brink of the Thanksgiving holidays, and still far away from Christmas or Hanukkah, but I have a great reason for considering them all, at this very moment.
Our tribe is located far and wide, with many blended family members and obligated gatherings they must attend. It makes holiday plans difficult for everyone to schedule. And of course, our Midwest weather often compounds the problems.
The photo above is from a previous year. Right now, our weather is great … but I put emphasis on the RIGHT NOW part!
We always tell the kids that our celebrations don’t have to be on the exact day or holiday weekend. It has become a successful plan, as everyone is less harried and more relaxed when they don’t have to “eat and run”.
For a change, this year instead of two distinct celebrations, our house is having one big shindig … on December 13th. A date between the two major events, and as thus, there’ll be no specific turkey or menu item, just a giant potluck. My attitude is sort of “eat what’s here or fill up when you get home”. I figure if everyone brings things they enjoy eating, it should be just fine. Right?! I say “bring on the baked goods”!
But back to point. My big mess is the holiday ornaments, trappings and wrappings strewn everywhere. Hub’s dragged up the Christmas tubs from the crawl space, and got the tree down from the garage attic. And here it all sits, not beautifully arranged as yet, but simply opened and stacked throughout the rooms.
My master plan began with an early evaluation of ALL of the pieces. It’s part of my “get rid of it, clutter-free” campaign. Facing facts, we don’t need even half of this conglomeration. I won’t say exactly half will leave, but I’m really trying for that result.
First, I sorted and threw out any broken or damaged pieces. Next, I chose several items or groups of ornaments and listed them on Craigslist. The idea being whatever doesn’t sell, will be donated to the little thrift store where I volunteer. As this will happen before December 13th, they’ll still have plenty of time for Christmas sales. And, actually, we make quite a bit on our “After Holidays” sales too.
There were literally hundreds of unbreakable ornaments, all shapes, colors and sizes.I DID keep a few of each type, but the majority was divided evenly. Two sets of 150 ornaments each, with mixed colors and designs, will go to Craigslist or the store.
Amongst the Christmas things, I found a few Fall and Thanksgiving items as well.
Those also went on Craigslist.
The tree is up and skirted, but stands naked by the fireplace at the moment.
And yes, in the shot above, that is Gracie’s rear end in the upper right area.
My SANTA BEARS came out of hibernation. They will all be STAYING. Right now one of them is atop the piano.
The new shelf unit Hubs made me this summer, previously held my vase collection.
Now, it’s showing off my mini Christmas tree collection.
You can see I’ve done a good editing job with this group. Below are the items for Craigslist.
That’s where we’re at today. And this mess should prove to you doubters that my house isn’t always picture perfect. But don’t count on many more examples of it, because I was REALLY HESITANT to feature these!
So, that’s the UGLY MESS … but you’re still wondering about the Toilet Paper, right?
Well, another Cher, my friend over at Craft Alternatives, sent this out last week, and I just had to share it. C’mon, pretty, right?
And YES, it is too “Toilet Paper” in there 🙂 Be sure not to miss the optional container ideas! Thanks, Cher.
We’ll talk again soon. And remember, positive equals productive, and staying so, helps you feel happier, for all those special days coming up.
Later – Cheryl