Posted by: navalanche | January 23, 2012

Holidays present special challenges

I’ve read that some people feel let down in January, after all the festivities at Christmas.  I don’t remember ever feeling that way, in fact I long for a quiet January probably because we are so over scheduled in December.  Before the holidays, the house is always filled with company or we are fielding multiple social invitations, many because my son Gabe rolls into town and everyone in the family wants to see him privately.

When Gabe leaves in early January, I mope about for a few days before I begin to focus on decluttering again.  It’s hard to know where to begin because my house is completely trashed.

During December and part of January, my biggest struggle was maintaining enough seating for my guests.

What’s wrong with this picture?  Well, everything.  So much that I’m going to write about it as soon as I finish this post.

One good thing about the holidays is that I get to rid the house of all the gifts that Kat and I have collected all year.  Here’s a few:

Some members of my family have a contest to see which of us finds the silliest gifts.  You might wonder what all this stuff looks like under the tree.  This year Christmas was at Lynne’s and it looked like this:

It’s hard to see all the presents in this picture.  Most of these presents were from Joel.

So no matter how much I give away, Christmas brings new gifts into my home, many of which have a theme.  For instance, among Mike’s gifts were 2 figurines.

What do they mean?  Well, to my dismay, my husband Mike refuses to purchase clothes until the ones he has are threadbare.  I call him a hobo because hobos dress better than him and it bugs the heck out of me.  One of the things that iritates me the most is that, in a pinch, he will grab a piece of rope and use it as a belt (I know you think the answer is to buy him a new belt but before I digress, I’ll write about that another day).  This Christmas, Joel (to whom I gripe about this problem incessantly) found two figurines that just so happen to have their clothing belted with rope, just like Mike.  I have to admit, they are pretty funny.  I placed them on the entertainment center to remind me to not take things so seriously.

Among the things I received, from Joel, was a lamp.

I don’t need it of course, but I do like it a lot.

And as usual, not all the things that make their way to my house are for me.

For example, the tubs of Coke that Sue left for Kat.  She picked up one but the other is still sitting in front of my hall closet door, waiting for Kat to return.

And in case you were wondering, I can’t put it in the closet because it is full of clutter.

I have a few posts to finish while I dispose of some more clutter.  I’m starting with the Christmas items.  The goal is, out with the old and in with the new, the latter in smaller quantities.


  1. Go you!!! New year and all that motivational stuff 🙂

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