My neighbour’s lounge floor still has not been laid and he’s still decorating so his 2 beautiful large sofas didnt make it over to his house for Christmas as planned they are still in my room behind that door not that we have had a second to go in there to start taking off the ceiling paper with all the Christmas stuff going on.
The beauty of having a room full of clutter leading up to Christmas is..its been a great place to hide the children’s presents…I was able to put the wrapped presents into black bags, then into large empty see through boxes and stack them. (empty-thanks to my previous decluttering over the last few months) So in the room behind the kitchen, in amongst the boxes of clutter, the children’s presents from Santa sat well camouflaged.
As no decluttering has been done, what I plan to do when I take the decs down, is sort through what has not been used this year and reduce what going back up stairs to be stored for the next 11.5 months. Should have done that with the Halloween stuff come to think of it.
Christmas is not a time for decluttering its a time for creating mess, over indulging, making new years resolutions, visiting friends & family ..my mum was not one for christmas she always felt sorry for those for whatever reason didn’t enjoy Christmas and were maybe lonely, but what she did enjoy was spoiling her grandchildren and she did that so well.
Yesterday I went upstairs to my daughter Mae’s room she needs a new bed and carpet and would like it painted with one wall having wallpaper. With this in the back of my mind I thought I would go and tidy it up a bit but found within an hour Id totally emptied her things into boxes and taken up the carpet, the room was totally empty, and I can only blame it on my latest book purchase..The Life Changing Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo I find the title a bit embarrassing, I mean- Life Changing ..come on, but all over Christmas I’ve sat and read this book from cover to cover, Ive rolled my eyes a lot at some of the advise in this book but I still couldn’t put it down.
..So when Mae’s room is painted, wallpapered, curtains, carpet and new bed in -we will go through ALL her things and I will ask her about each item “does this bring you joy?” if it does its a keeper, other wise the idea is to not have it in her room..watch this space.
Oh while we are on the subject of Mae, I just want to share with you my Christmas present I received from her. As you may or may not know I run a Bed and Breakfast in Shrewsbury called Ferndell and a very early blog post I put up was called Diary Ribbons, basically during a decluttering day I came across all my 7 diaries from 2007 for the B&B I placed them all together in a cupboard with the little page holder ribbons hanging over the shelf…they gave me joy just the sight of those ribbons, silly isn’t it but anyway my gift from Mae was my 2016 diary she knew I hadn’t got round to getting one but what was so lovely she customised the front for me with little pictures of my world and quotes I say to her …And I love it!
I also love the tube of 3 pink tennis balls my other daughter Bethan, got me with … #Sarah printed on them