Sunday, December 27, 2009

Packing up Christmas

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My second favorite time of the year is fast approaching Squeezies!! I’m so excited cause I get to harass you again soon about THROWING OUT YOUR CRAP!!

Hooty hoo!! If you just found this blog over the past few months, you probably don’t know my issues love of organizing and decluttering. I give myself a pass during the holidays. I have to admit, I’m starting to twitch ever so slightly over the past few days though.

I want all the Christmas decor packed up in bins, pronto. Usually I’m fine to wait till around January 1st, but I’m really feeling the need to start fresh sooner than later this year. The hubs wants me to wait for a few more days, but I showed him my hives and started hyperventilating just a little and he left me alone.

It will take about a week to get it all packed up, but with my “method,” putting it away takes way less time then getting it out. I decided to work on the dining room first since there wasn’t too much to take down.

I start by vacuuming out each bin as I pull them out, because I am a special kind of crazy and it makes me feel better. (It’s not crazy if I’m aware of my issues, right?) Then I pack everything away by room. Every bin is labeled with my BFF – the DYMO. Hello lovah…

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You know all that stuff I put in my garland – ribbon, pics, crap, beady things? Well it all stays. I just take it all down and store it away as is. I’m going to refluff next year anyway, no need to waste my time taking it off. I even keep the cord covers and extension cords attached. Then I use zip lock bags and plastic bags for all the filler stuff:

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I had the dining room packed up in about 30 minutes. Ahhhhh yes. I can breathe!

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I even put the place settings away for now. I just need a clean slate for a bit. This is the first time the centerpiece has been completely empty since I made it back in September.028

I’m already thinking up fun ideas for Valentine’s Day and spring though! ;)

So when do you start packing up the Christmas decor? I have had it up for more than five weeks, so I'm really ready to have everything back to normal earlier than usual. I have a feeling this is more of an emotional thing this year than anything. I need FRESH and simple right now. ;)

I have some GREAT bloggy events for the new year to tell you about soon. I won’t be doing another Decluttering and Organizing Party this year, but you can click to last year’s party to get some inspiration. Don’t worry, I’m still going to annoy the crap out of you to get. rid. of. your. stuff. (you don’t use).

P.S. If you are going to try the ornament wreath next year, look what happens if you don’t follow my warnings and then drop your wreath:

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HALF of the ornaments popped off. Gah. I almost cried. May have cursed. Maybe. Thank God for shatterproof. ;)

78 comments:

  1. I love the clean feeling after Christmas is put away...my family is going to kill me...you just got me in the mood!

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  2. just finished taking mine down!! it was a light decor year since we just moved into a new home, but i still feel SO much better now that it's done. i don't vacuum my bins, though- you are special! : )
    merry after-christmas cleaning!
    rachel

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  3. I've seen lots of these posts lately...I can't believe everyone is ripping their decorations down already...Christmas was just 2 days ago!

    I leave everything up until at least New Year's, usually until the Epiphany.

    Just my opinion, but I think the Christmas stuff be easier to leave up for people if the decorations didn't go up right after Halloween.

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  4. Hey Sarah,
    We put very, very little up this year because we are moving in 20 days (and I'm not even halfway through packing. YIKES!). You will be happy to know that I took a car load (read my large, beastly Expedition was FULL.TO.THE.BRIM) of stuff to Goodwill today. We (I) am doing some major purging before the move. Hub isn't so thrilled with it, but I assured him it will all pay off when he doesn't have so much to move. :o) I am all for getting rid of stuff and love the feeling I have knowing a space is clutter free.

    Thanks for the motivation and inspiring ideas! I plan to use several in our new home!!

    Merry New Year!!!

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  5. Mine is all gone too! It feels goooood! However, I am now looking at blank spaces that need to be filled (we moved into a new house on Halloween and I didn't bother to put up all my stuff cause I knew the tree et al would block it). Love your blog, I can only dream to be as good as you!

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  6. Believe it or not, I am ready...although it feels like I just put the darn stuff up!!!!! UGH!!! Hubby usually glares at me if I "suggest" taking it down before New Years, but was the 1st to ask this year..."when do YOU want to take it down?" We are still working on the hardwood floors upstairs and it would be nice to have IT out of the way (hint, hint). I do need to reorganize my Christmas boxes though...so it may take a few days. I'd love for them to be done by room!! Would make things easier for next year.

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  7. I feel the same way- I think I am taking it all down tomorrow. That may seem too soon to some people, but I'd love nothing more than to be clean, organized and clutter free. I feel really cluttered the past 3 days or so.

    And I may get hives if I don't do it soon.

    Glad to know I am not alone.

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  8. I'm almost embarrassed to admit that I took everything down the day after Christmas. I had breakfast at our home with family, put the Christmas dishes in the dishwasher, and immediately took everything down. Everything was clear by early afternoon and then I could clean everything well.

    It doesn't take nearly as long as putting it up, and it feels GOOD to have a clean house. Love it.

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  9. Normally I dismantle it all on the 26th because I love that clean slate feeling, too. However, we are still Christmasing around here. I do plan to take the tree down tomorrow (live tree and it's been up since 11/28) though.

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  10. I struggled this year not to start taking everything down while DH was golfing Christmas day. We were having guests that night though, so even though I was, like you, getting the hives, I had to wait.

    It is all boxed and ready to go into storage tomorrow and my house looks nekid! I can't wait to start with this clean slate.

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  11. Sarah,
    Boy do you speak my language about too much stuff!!! Amen! You inspire me :)
    I have to agree with Cheryl though. . .not ready to take everything down yet. It takes so much time to put up and January is a LONG month. . .so will keep my stuff out a bit longer :) I'm with you on the organizing thing though. . .there's something about starting over after Christmas, huh? I am tackling my craft/guest/storage room this week -- can't wait!!!

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  12. I've been following your blog for awhile now, and it makes me a little sad to think of all your beautiful Christmas decor being taken down! But I can understand the whole "starting fresh" thing. We usually wait awhile and leave ours up through the first week of January.

    I didn't get around to making an ornament wreath this year, but if I make one next year, I'll definitely be careful with it! :)

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  13. I just have to say... your dining room is GORGEOUS! Breathtaking.
    About removing Christmas from the house... I totally agree. My son's birthday is 4 days after Christmas, so we take it down and prepare for his birthday. I want there to be a distinction between the two.
    My goal this year is to be more organized and less clutter... so I hope to be at least half as... crazy as you! LOL Can't wait to go through your archives.
    ~Amy

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  14. I made an ornament wreath this season also. Only I used vintage christmas ornaments I found at the goodwill. Since they are extremly fragile i hot glues the tops to the ornaments. If I drop it they will break but there is no way they will pop off. It feels much sturdier glused than before.

    My stuff is still out. We are moving and this is the last christmas in this house. I want to enjoy it as long as I can.

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  15. Sarah I'm not kidding I could have written this post word for word as well. I do need a clean slate around this time of year.

    ~Whew! Both of our trees are down already. Don't our homes suddenly feel bigger after the Holidays are over? Love it!

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  16. cleaning up this week & can't wait!!

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  17. Oh, I had my tree and all decorations put away (nicely and organized) the day after Christmas. I'm a little bit of a freak about it myself. :)

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  18. Sarah, we have already started..Hubby had shoulder surgery on the 17th and in a sling for 6-8 weeks, soooo...the younger son is visiting for another day so today we had him helping his dad..tomorrow morning the inside gets packed up. I am such a mess with my holiday decor, and I didn't unbox it all, so probably not going to get it all labeled and put away neatly THIS YEAR. Will do that when I drag it out NEXT YEAR..but normally we do wait until New Years, by then I am really sick of it..and like you need a clean uncluttered state for a bit...

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  19. Sarah,
    You are so funny! I love to read your posts. The "hello lovah" made me laugh out loud! I love to declutter too, but I think you've got me beat. Have fun packing up! I'm going to start by the end of the week.
    Blessings,
    Traci

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  20. I hit the after Christmas sales yesterday morning then came home and packed everything up and put it away. I love putting & having it up but it feels so good to take it down too!!

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  21. I usually put my stuff my away Jan 1st. Probably the number one reason is that I buy stuff after boxing day for next Christmas and I want to make sure that I organize it properly. Thanks for reminding me... I need new cartridge for my label maker too!

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  22. Oooohmygosh, I can really relate, sugar!!!! I'm packing away my stuff as I speak. I can't stand the "clutter" another minute. I'm OCDing on Christmas and "FLUFF", sweet chick... I may be able to breathe tomorrow but for now I'm hyperventilating....Squeeeeeeeallll...
    xoxo,
    Connie

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  23. Normally the live tree is down by Dec 26, but this year it is still up! My little guy (4) sings "alleluia" & "have a holly jolly christmas" every night when he turns on all the lights and it is soooo cute! I look forward to it every evening! But I am getting the itch to get things cleaned up and back to normal soon!

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  24. Honey, I'm right there with you about packing up and decluttering. I am already a new level of antsy about putting things in their proper places and cleaning up all of this STUFF!

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  25. You are hilarious!

    I like to wait until... *Gasp* January 6th to take mine down. I know, I know... You've lost all respect for me now... But it's a family tradition to wait until the 12 days of Christmas are over to pack everything up. Besides, My husband is the kind of guy that won't let me put it the tree up until last minute, so I savor every decoration I set out as long as I can!

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  26. I took mine down yesterday. Like you, I normally wait a bit longer, but for some reason I wanted the clutter GONE. Plus I have this week off and want to do some serious purging/organizing. Like you, I have all my bins labeled, usually by rooms. So putting it away is SO much easier. Had the whole house done in one afternoon.

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  27. Ugh my least favorite part of the year indeed!

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  28. I just started taking all of my decor down tonight. I got everything out of the family room and kitchen. Tomorrow I am going to tackle the diningroom. I have to get a couple more tubs first. I am sooo ready for it to all be put away. I loved it but now it's time to move on. I am just having a hard time deciding on what I want to put out now. Need some mantle ideas! :) Happy cleaning!

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  29. I usually wait until Jan 1st too, but am ready to DE- clutter. I've had my stuff up since the day after Thanksgiving and was adding as late as last weekend. Thanks for blogging that you don't pull it all apart... frees up lots of time. I'll follow that advice.

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  30. I usually wait until Jan 1st too, but am ready to DE- clutter. I've had my stuff up since the day after Thanksgiving and was adding as late as last weekend. Thanks for blogging that you don't pull it all apart... frees up lots of time. I'll follow that advice.

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  31. started today. finishing tomorrow. much faster at ripping it up, but then I didn't vacuum my bins. wish you would have come to do that for me. glitter, glitter everywhere.

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  32. Organizing and decluttering makes me high so I am loving this post! My Christmas decor starts going back in the boxes tomorrow.

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  33. You are just to funny! What I liked about this post especially is remember how all the beautiful decorations you took pictures of had great lighting and cuteness told all about them now you call them "crap" and I feel the exact same way!! Everything is so beautiful and then it just starts to engulf you, like it comes alive! I only have a few more things to take down and the boxes are going in the garage tomorrow.

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  34. All my Christmas decorations come down the day after Christmas. My sons birthday is the 27th and I do not like any sign of Christmas around by that date. Although he will be 23 this year so I guess it isn't a real big deal. I do love to get things back in order though as soon as possible.

    Heidi

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  35. I'm torn - Advent is the period leading up to Christmas and as a child we didn't put our (real) Christmas tree up until the 24th. It then stayed until the Epiphany. Now with children of my own, I generally put up our tree about a week before Christmas, and although I am desperate to get it down NOW I also quite like having it up until early January. So, argh!!! What to do??? :)


    Please, please, please... I've *love* to see your basement again. Have you done any more down there? It's so inspiring!

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  36. how crazy is it that we are a lot alike??? i too have been scanning each room and feeling that "tense feeling in my shoulders" as that major urge to clean and purge is upon me. i'm surprised too, as this year it's come a bit early. i think i'm just ready for this year to be over. the economy had hit us pretty hard and although we've learned and managed, i'm ready to forget most of it.

    i plan to start a room at a time and clean from corner to corner, ceiling to floor.

    ready, set, go....

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  37. Oh, I can't pack away anything until January 6. We "celebrate" C'mas during the 12 days until the Epiphany - Three Kings Day. All those weeks before C'mas Day are just the prep of build-up of excitment until the big day. Then, from the 25st until 1/6 we relax, visit with friends and family and enjoy the decor while celebrating the "true season".

    I'm always a little sad when it's time to pack up. Probably why I leave my living room tree up until V Day and change it's decor for that holiday!

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  38. I guess I will be safe here in admitting that I wanted to take all mine down the day after Christmas. I understand the itchy thing.
    My friend told me that she took hers down and had it all packed away by 10:00am!!! I think she's
    a little hyper.
    I'm still working on it.

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  39. Yep! I'm the same way this year! First off, I didn't put out a lotta decor (there were boxes on the table that I never even GOT to)...but the little that I did put out - I just wanted put away again promptly after all the Christmas celebrations were past. In the past, I've left up holiday decor well into January because the family enjoyed it so much. I just feel like I need that fresh clean start this year, too, though!

    Needless to say, the youngest children here were crying as I was packing stuff away. We STILL don't have the tree down (it's a 4.5 footer still on the table in the living room), but I plan on making that happen today.

    Anyhoo - can't wait to see what you've got in store for us for 2010! =-D

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  40. You CRACK me up and make me feel less CRAZY!! I feel the same way, I can't wait to put it up and I can't wait to take it down. All my Christmas china is on the table ready for its boxes. I can't wait to show you my family room when it is finished. I was really thrifty, but it looks SO much different. I just need a few more touches and I will send you a long pictures :-).

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  41. As I have posted on other blogs, mine was down by noon on the 26th, and everything is now much cleaner, whiter,and seems my "old" stuff has a new life. Love the feeling. Christmas was put away in an orderly manner since hubs took care of that part this year. My brain does not process orderly...

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  42. All of the people I know are ready to get all of their Christmas decor put away too so don't feel bad! :D I wanted all mine put away Christmas day. :D

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  43. Well better to laugh than to cry over the wreath. Easier said than done. Hope you had a grest holiday. I have started taking down my Christmas decor too.
    nancy

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  44. My Christmas stuff comes down usually the night after Christmas. I think I get a bit crazy about feeling closed in with all of my Christmas stuff up but my Sister-in-law takes her tree down on Christmas after everyone has left.

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  45. We will keep our Christmas decorations up until Epiphany (Jan. 6th). But some of my Christmas stuff is also winter stuff, so maybe a little longer. I'm most excited about clearing out our living room because that's our next painting project. After 4 years of living with dark paneling I absolutely did not like, I'm ready for a change!

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  46. I 100% believe that if you can acknowledge the crazy it makes it no really crazy!:)

    ps keep up the organization posts. I need so much help and suggestions, and I look forward to reading them!~

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  47. Glad I am not the only one that thought I was invincible, made the wreath, and then had my darling kiddie knock into it. Bulbs everywhere! That will teach me to not follow the directions!! Next year, hot glue for sure! BTW, I did mine in black bulbs, shiny and matte, and some with some silvery glitter. Just gorg!! Thanks for the idea!!

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  48. I also put away the dining room Christmas decor first this year. It is the only room we can put the tree in so our dining room is SO crowded and not at all good for entertaining, so it came down the day after Christmas. The rest will stay up until after our New Year's Eve party.

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  49. That is so similar to how I felt. I couldn't WAIT to get my house back to normal! I took everything down yesterday and it is all labeled and put away neatly in the appropriate bins. What a refreshing feeling:)

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  50. Yes, took everything down yesterday and its liberating. I love Christmas, but I love getting everything back in order. Blessings, Debbie

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  51. I think I enjoy throwing out the mess just as much as I do puttin' up that old tree. It feels sooo good to have your home back without the clutter. I think Christmas decorating is kind of like labor pains...you forget the pain and do it all over again. It is so worth it to see those sweet faces on Christmas morning...hehe. Happy New Year!

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  52. Thanks for making me feel normal. There are other people like me out there who are as OCD as me.
    Sad thing - hubs won't let me put anything up. I might just do everything & leave the tree for him to do. Teach him a lesson for next year that he should let me take it down when I want to or he will be stuck doing it.

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  53. In our family, it's considered bad luck to take down decorations (especially the tree!) before January 1.

    And if it makes you feel better, I did use glue and my orament wreath still lost 20 balls when I dropped it. :)

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  54. I am new to your blog and let me tell you I read for hours and hours for the past couple days while trying to avoid the in-laws. I would have read it regardless if they were here but I had more incentive! I love all your ideas and I would of never thought to go to goodwill for furniture. You have inspired me and trust me my house can use some inspiration. I can't wait for my first project. I'm starting with the closets. Wish me luck. Nicole

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  55. I always wait until after the New Year to take things down. My b-day is Dec. 31st and I like to have the tree up for that "holiday" as well. And I always get a little sad putting all the decor away... I need to think like you --- start fresh and maybe find a few new projects to add to spruce the house up.
    Happy New Year!

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  56. If I had a label maker, I'd never put it down. ;)

    I'm keeping up Christmas until New Years Day. I make myself wait until Black Friday, at least, to decorate...so I like to keep it up since I put so much effort into it. I can't shake the feeling that I'd be ditching all my stuff the second the gifts are unwrapped.

    That said, I AM feeling the itch to declutter!!! I want to do some new stuff around the house, and I think I'll have better ideas with a clean slate. :)

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  57. uhm, yes...you are a little bit certifiable! LOL But we love all the more for it. Just read your last post. I hope you and your family are doing well.

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  58. I'm with you on getting the decor put away lickity split! I just wish I was that way with all my other stuff like laundry!

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  59. That tree is coming down TONIGHT!! I love having it up but once Christmas is over, I just can't take having it up.

    I looked at last years Decluttering and Organizing party - Thanks for the inspiration. I have been working on that for a bit now and am so ready to be done but so far from it. Wish me luck :)

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  60. Well, I am waiting until the 1st, per tradition. Need to declutter and reorganize badly. Whew!

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  61. I like to wait until after the first to take everything down. I'm like you though - bins for each room. I always love the way the house feels after removing all the extras - big and roomy. Starting the new year fresh is great. I also pack away all the things I don't love and toys the kids grow out of and put them in boxes for a yard sale in the spring. Then whatever doesn't sell gets donated. It's always nice to get some extra play money. Although every year I say I'm not going to have another yard sale because they are so much work but I inevitably have too much to get rid of. How does it all keep piling up!? Maybe we need to cut back on the thrift store shopping, - oh but it's so much fun!

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  62. The after Christmas cleaning and decluttering is my favorite time of year! And I think the same thing - "Ahhh, I can BREATHE!" Love that fresh clean feeling... Wait, that might be a nasty commercial...

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  63. I usually take down all my decorations on New Year's Day. That's most likely what I'll do this year. Even though I've had it all up since the weekend of Thanksgiving, I'm just not ready to take it down yet.

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  64. Vacuum out the bins!? Can I just bang them on the floor, then sweep afterwords? Pretty please?

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  65. I am glad that I am not the only one out here that has already taken down the Christmas decor. I took it all down the day after Christmas. I went out early to get a few things I had my eye on, then came home and packed it all up. I fit all of our inside decor (with the exception of 2 tall cone shaped trees for the fireplace and our Christmas tree) into a 50 gallon tote after purging stuff I no longer wanted. I live in a small house, so I am always getting rid of crap that I don't use. My DH gets annoyed with me, but like I said we live in a small house and we have practically no storage. My house now feels so roomy and clean and I am loving it!

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  66. You are my twin - you mean EVERYONE doesn't vaccuum/clean out their bins before re-filling them?

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  67. The retail sector is so clever aren't they?? Check the ads after the post-Christmas sales and you'll see a gaggle (yeah.. I said it!) of organizing products.. hangers, bins, shelves.. the list goes on! I think it's just natural, new year, fresh start. Good luck all!

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  68. Your table always looks great. I got a gorgeous table this year, but I find that I have to keep it covered all the time because it collects fingerprints, smudges, and dish "rings" like none other. Ugh- any tips for preventing or at least cleaning my shiny top dark wood table? Thanks, Cheri cherijean79@hotmail.com

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  69. I keep my stuff up until just after Jan. 1. It's so much work to get the house decorated that I just can't stand to take it down so quickly.

    Plus, I really need to reorganize this year. I redid a lot of my holiday decor this year so it will take me awhile to weed through what I want to keep and give away.

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  70. Someday craft posted one of your projects on my blog and you 've been featured.
    Cheri

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  71. I also have been itching to get it done but hubs is begging me to wait until Saturday. I might start and just leave the ree until then...t

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  72. I heart you so much for admitting how much you love organizing and de-cluttering. It's a past time of mine!

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  73. yay for shatterproof! i am working on figuring out how to put away all my decor too...

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  74. I spent two hours making my ornament ball wreath. I used hot glue on every stinking ornament. I then went down to hang it on my front door where it immediately fell to the ground and half the ornaments fell off. I too almost cried. If my husband and little one hadn't been standing right there, I would have most definitely cursed. There was all sorts of cursing in my head. And it was loud. :)

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  75. Seriously, girl, you VACUUM the boxes??? Holy cow, you've got ISSUES. :)
    I took down everything today. LOVE. THE. CLEAN.

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  76. I am SO sorry about the ornament wreath. That is almost as bad as the Christmas tree last year. I would have said a bad word too. You're forgiven:) Happy New Year!

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  77. OK girls,

    Am I the ONLY one who HATES to clean? Can you all be my BFF and come over to my house? I am the queen of clutter...I sometimes have visions of those little old ladies with 12 cats and pathways through old newspapers...well, not that bad.LOL.
    However, if everyone cleaned out, where would all the beautiful antiques and collectibles come from? See, clutter queens can rationalize just like you cleaning ladies.
    In my next life, I too will enjoy organizing and cleaning...or I will have a wife!
    Too funny!

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  78. The song 'The Twelve Days of Christmas' is actually referring to the twelve days AFTER Christmas. The true Christmas season which is between Christmas Day and Epiphany, January 6th. Epiphany is the day we celebrate the time when the Wise Men came. It used to be tradition to give gifts on Epiphany not Christmas Day. So, I leave my decorations up untill at least January 6th and I still wish everyone a Merry Christmas untill then as well.

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