January 11- who knew? It surprises me that we are here! My Christmas tree is still up and adorned- it still looks fabulous as it is a faux AND pre-lit tree.
I’ve hesitated on the take -down. Maybe because I keep taking down everyone else’s decor, and when I get home, I just want to enjoy my own holiday. I got a new tree this year, one that my forever hiking husband says it looks like a tree he’s slept under while backpacking. hah! It does look like a wild, mountainside tree, with much space in between branches, but the ornaments show off beautifully.
So, here is a dilemma- It seems as though after every Thanksgiving, I am mending and glueing ornaments and decor- no matter how carefully I pack the holiday decor away the previous year.. Gorilla Glue and I have a bonding relationship. And E600 remains the back up repair cement.
I use Rubbermaid 18 gallon roughneck totes * for packing the ornaments- and I am not a fan of the prescribed ornament boxes, since lots of my ornaments don’t fit in those spaces. I did see a pretty clever use of red solo cups on the floor of a storage box-I like this method of separating glittery or fragile ornaments from each other. Usually, unprinted newspaper in layers is my go to method for ornament pack up. And this method of flat newsprint would work to add a second or third layer of red solo cups to the totes.
For one of my elderly clients, I’VE gone to see thru inexpensive Ikea Samla containers. I move the boxes, I know the lids do not clip shut, but I do know she can see what’s inside, which is emotionally important to this senior citizen. I can tell you that Ikea’s Samla are the best value- they break/crack as easily as more expensive Sterlite brand. RIGHT NOW they are on sale. Is January organizing month?
So, I remain quite happy having my tree still lit. Were we still in Louisiana, the Christmas ornaments would be exchanged for Purple, Green and Gold- as after the Epiphany, Mardi Gras begins. The days and the culture we miss so much.
So, here’s to packing up Christmas ( eventually) – I hope yours was a happy one and may we make 2017 a “good” year, by doing the most good we can.
* (all under lifetime warranty- perfect size for loading and lifting AND STACKING, and shut tight from the elements and critters)
PS just to show you how some holiday intense folks sort their balls 😉