If you are joining us for the Decluttering Challenge scroll to the bottom of this post for links to each of the weekly challenges!!
Every year in December I get so frustrated that all my favorite bloggers slow down their posting. This is the time of year when I am looking for inspiration – gift ideas, decorations, yummy treats. Or just a frivolous and lighthearted post to enjoy while taking a break from the holiday insanity. Now that I have my own blog – I totally get it. I cannot keep up. I cannot do all the Christmas things, work, maintain a blog and feed my children. Something had to give – and unfortunately it has been the blog. There is no way I am missing out on all the Christmas fun!
I have so many half written posts – gift guides, favorite books, decorations, family traditions etc. I guess I have almost a year to finish them – maybe if I finish writing them in August I won’t disappear next December!!
A Busy December
We have been so busy – we have ridden the Polar Express, seen Santa at least three times, celebrated the twins birthday, enjoyed drive through light displays, seen the Nutcracker, made gingerbread houses, baked cookies, gone shopping, wrapped gifts and shared Christmas movie nights! I am exhausted just thinking about it but we have had the best time!!
And there is still more fun to come. With all of the big activities behind us it is time to concentrate on gathering with family and celebrating with grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. There will be travel (and packing!), more gifts to wrap and meals to plan. But this is the true holiday – the best part! All these other activities have just been building the anticipation for Christmas Day – and we can’t wait!
January is a New Beginning
Amazingly, these days will fly by and before we know it all the Christmas things will be done and January will be here. I am one of those crazy people who loves January. I love new beginnings and every January is a great big new beginning. As much as I love how my home feels decorated for Christmas, part of me yearns for the uncluttered, clean feeling of January. Once the tree comes down I will deep clean the house and set it right again. We have been seasonally decorated since early October. I’m ready for normal! This year I am even more excited because I just bought new curtains for my living room and once the tree comes down I can finally hang them!
Time to Purge the Clutter
We have not done a good job of purging this December. Some families force their kids to make room for their new toys or the elf asks for donations. I really don’t push my kids. When they are ready to give away some of their toys they will let me know. I have been burned too many times in the past when I try to make the decisions for them or rush them to get rid of things. But, I am starting to get that overwhelmed feeling as I walk around my home where I wonder why we are bringing new things into our home when I am tripping over clutter! Since I won’t force the kids to part with their things I need to start with myself and purge my things. Maybe the kids will follow my lead (probably not).
Decluttering can be so overwhelming. I do little bits here and there – like I suggest in my Pitch 5 Things post. But, that is not always enough. I need to dig deep this year and purge the hidden clutter – the old boxes of Christmas ornaments in the basement labelled “Don’t Bring Up”, the half burned candles in the back of the closet, the lonely unmatched socks. All the stuff that is neatly organized but still cluttering my home.
52 Week Decluttering Challenge
Starting in January (I’m still enjoying Christmas) I am going to start a 52 week Decluttering Challenge. Every week I will post a new area of our homes that we can declutter together. Some weeks will be super easy and you might not feel like you made an impact. But other weeks will hurt a bit! I think it will be fun to do this together. I’ll share what I was able to accomplish and I hope you will join me. Once all the Christmas fun is over I’ll post more details. For now keep on enjoying the insanity and your families!