De-holidaying

Last night, we began taking down our decorations, filling bins and stacking them away in our storage area for another year. We usually do it on January 1st, since we have the day off, but we procrastinated one day due to exhaustion. We finished the living room and kitchen, and have the dining room and bathroom left to do, which will be finished up tonight. It’s taking longer, since we have to work during the day. After everything gets put away, we have to clean house top to bottom and return all the non-holiday bric-a-brac about the house. (Despite the above image, we don’t have a live tree to throw out. Our trees are all artificial and pre-lit.)

De-decorating is not depressing for me. The process is a bit painful and time consuming (although less so, now that we have an established pattern and labeled bins to make both putting decorations up, and taking them down, more systematic and less chaotic,) but I am always happy to have the house back to normal, furniture replaced to its proper positions, and the normal lamps and lighting returned.

I have a 3 day weekend ahead of me and we have snow and sub-zero temperatures on the way, so it’ll be nice to have the house back in order and clean for a long weekend, hiding out from the cold, reading, indulging in various hobbies and activities, and relaxing by a roaring fire, with some cocoa thrown in for good measure.

And maybe a cocktail or two, as a reward for Work well done.

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8 Responses to De-holidaying

  1. Mark in DE says:

    Already?? Not at our house.

  2. Urspo says:

    We just took down all our trimmings too. It is some job – and we only put up a fraction.
    It is nice to see the house again spartan.

  3. I too have de-holidized. I spent the day on January 1 taking everything down and putting things back. I don’t love the chore, but I like getting things back to “normal.” I am not one to have holiday decorations up past the New Year. Stay warm!

  4. Ron says:

    Happy return back to normal.

  5. OF COURSE a cock-a-tail or two; it would not be sassybear if he didn’t indulge!

  6. javabear says:

    Sounds promising. Good luck!

  7. Ravager619 says:

    That sounds like a good plan. I will be meeting a blogger buddy (you probably already know who) on Friday morning, but otherwise I’m taking it easy this extended weekend.

  8. Anything but labeled and systematic here. The tree is real and crispy but it’s in the alley and the unlabeled boxes are all back in the attic in no specific order. Ahhh feels good to be done.

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