Clean up, Clean Up, Everybody....
You know the purple dinosaur song. It is in your head now for the rest of the day...haha.
As soon as the Christmas decorations are up I am thinking about taking them down. I just do not enjoy the mess the tree makes or trying to keep the dogs and kids away from the tree and stockings. By the way, those are my only Christmas decorations. I do not want to spend the time or energy creating or storing clutter. Keep it simple. That's my motto. If you enjoy lots of holiday decorations that is great. But, if decorating and cleaning up causes you stress you may want to rethink your decorating scheme.
My husband, kids, and I do not spend the holidays at our home. We go "home" to Alabama to see our families. ROLL TIDE. So, I like to get my Christmas things put up before we go. That way I do not have to do it when I get home from our Christmas "vacation". I can concentrate on putting up the kids new pile of loot, I mean toys and gadgets, they got from both sets of grandparents, aunts, uncles, and various well meaning friends.
One way I make cleaning up a cinch and make it easier to decorate next year is to put the lights up without them getting tangled. This is simple. I use cardboard from the cardboard boxes where I ordered gifts. Just wrap each strand around a square of cardboard. Then, when you go to get them out next year the task of putting the lights on the tree will be easy to accomplish. I know some people put them back in the box they came in and press each light into the individual spot. With over 900 lights on my tree that is a waste of time. Keep it simple.
You can also store your decorations in containers made just for them. Or, make your own out of boxes with dividers made from cardstock. Wrap special decorations in tissue paper. Now that everything is not just thrown in boxes you will be able to find what you want and you do not run the risk of things getting broken. Remember, if something is important or special to us then it should be taken care of. I do not have a lot of knick-knacks or decorations in my home. But, the Christmas ornaments that my children have made are precious to me. I want to make sure they last for years to come. I am sure you do, too.
Have a great holiday! I hope you spend time with family and friends doing activities that you enjoy. I know my fourteen hour car ride is going to be so much fun with two kids, a dog, and a husband who wants to beat his best time for this trip.
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