Our house is finally starting to look like a house again now that the holidays are over. My hubby and I had done a couple of things in a small effort to get the house in order. Took the Christmas tree down, vacuumed, that kind of thing. But today was the first day that we did any kind of de-cluttering, and it was not a fifteen minute task. We took an hour out of our day so that we could start to see the house that existed under our stuff.
We have a corner of shame in our bedroom. A couple of years ago we put some of my hubby’s summer clothes into a bin for the winter, put it behind the bedroom door, and promptly forgot about it. Since then it has become a place to put things that we don’t know what to do with. Occasionally I’ll thin the crowd a little bit, but the mess is always there. Today I told my hubby that he needed to go through the bin and make sure that there isn’t anything that he can’t live without and the rest will be taken to consignment or goodwill. We found a home for everything that was sitting on top of the bin and got rid of all the trash that had collected in that corner. Now all we have in that corner is an empty Rubbermaid bin and a giant Valentine’s card that my hubby made for me my first Valentine’s as a mom.
We also went through all the gift boxes and bags and determined what was trash and took it out to the bin. My kitchen table has managed to accumulate a large percentage of our worldly belongings so I whittled away at some of that stuff so that you can at least see the table again. My hubby even did a little dusting. Wonders never cease!
Finally we went through my little one’s dresser and moved his clothes into his new dresser. We took that opportunity to go through his clothes and decide what should be taken to consignment and what needed to be put away until he can actually wear it. He’s a particularly thin boy. He should be wearing 2T but instead the pants that fit him are largely 18-24 months, and he’ll be 3 in February. Whenever he wears 2T pants, unless they have elastic on the inside, just fall right off of him after a few steps. Those pants come in handy when his daycare teachers have irritated me in some way, but not really practical any other time. Thankfully his grandparents got him several pairs of pants with elastic on the inside, hooray!
I even managed to cook a healthy meal that, by some miracle, was also edible so I consider this a productive day. After cooking I cleaned up after myself, just to prove to my hubby and roommate that it can be done. Although that may backfire since they wont be able to tell that I actually used the kitchen, but I have my fingers crossed.
My little one’s old dresser and changing table are still in the hallway, but I have plans to change that. The changing table is actually convenient because it’s sitting right next to the trash-can, so I no longer come home to find a days worth of diapers on it. I plan on moving his old dresser into my bedroom, but since it’s decorated to fit the Dr. Seuss themed nursery, I want to make a few changes to it first.
How are you re-adjusting to the post holiday routine? Do you have any New Year’s resolution that will make your new year easier or healthier?