It’s been awhile, but I’m back today, with a couple holiday ideas for you all. Having just survived Christmas, I have a few Nutshell tips to share.
Tip #1: Do a big toys and books purge the weeks before Christmas.
Tip #2: When it comes to seasonal decorations, only keep your very favorite ones.
It felt great to get that big black garbage bag of toys and a box of books dropped off at Goodwill the week before Christmas. I also gave some baby DVDs to a friend and donated a box of children’s books to Teddy’s preschool. Thankfully, our toy-acquisition this year at Christmas was totally manageable and with all the freed-up space on the boys’ shelves, everything fits, even with room to spare. For now.
About the decorations: remind yourself that you don’t have to keep something simply because you’ve had it since college or because one of your great aunts but you don’t remember which one gave it to you, or you made it in VBS when you were eight. It’s sweet and sentimental and I’m a total sucker for that, but there has to be a balance as well. Have your husband (or wife) take a look at it, with no sentimental strings attached. Is it ugly? It might be and you’ve never noticed. Take a picture. Throw it out or give it away. Chances are you’ll never notice it’s gone.
I have our Christmas decorations pared down to two under-the-bed bins that are packed full and stored in my in-laws’ attic. That does not include the tree stand, or the stockings, but everything else. It helps that I have boys who play hockey in the living room and have broken many Christmas ornaments.
I have one deep plastic bin in our tiny balcony storage closet that I rotate all my seasonal decorations through. All I have are some mantle decorations and small seasonal plaques for the front door. I don’t know that any of the four males I live with notice them, but I like to acknowledge the seasons in my own little ways. Very little ways.
So take a second look as you’re putting away those decorations this year. Do you really like them all? Can you live without some of them? And next year remember to do a pre-Christmas books and toys purge to avoid too much pile-up.
Happy day from our Nutshell!
Bonus holiday idea: Burn your Christmas tree in segments in your fireplace. My boys say it's their favorite Christmas tradition. First, move the stockings and open a window. :)