It doesn’t feel like 11 months since we put the Christmas tree back in its box. I remember writing a post on Day 6 Goodbye Tree, See you in 11 Months. At the time, the rest of the decorations, wrapping and cards were dumped in the conservatory and I didn’t get around to boxing them up and putting them in the loft until Day 65 on 5th March when I wrote the post No Need for Expensive Boxes to Store Christmas Decs.
Little did I know back then, that approximately one week later I’d be working from home due to the Covid-19 pandemic and would need to use the conservatory. This year has gone so quickly and I’m still working from home and have completely cleared the room and changed the layout.
Back to the boxes…
Being 1st December, my daughters were very excited about putting up the tree and decorations. We did the outside lights at the weekend.
We needed to get all of the boxes out of the loft to see what we were going to use this year.
It was a struggle to get into the loft because we’re still waiting for our new loft hatch to be fitted, so there’s currently just a piece of plasterboard secured there with a few screws. My husband had to help us get the board down and I then went up there to find the boxes and pass them down.
I’d numbered all 11 boxes last year so, even though the builders had moved them about up there, I was able to locate them easily. There’s not that much up there anyway.
The loft is so dusty and the boxes were too. They all got dumped in the hallway and dining room downstairs and we opened each one to get what we needed for the tree. My daughter took a few decorations for her room but then they all ran out of energy and went to bed. I was left surrounded by mess and half filled boxes. I tried not to worry about it as I have a plan this year to declutter these boxes and throw or give away what we never seem to use.
I got the vacuum cleaner out and cleaned the landing and stairs as bits of the plaster from the temporary loft hatch had got all over the floor and I could taste the dust. I did a quick bit of tidying up by literally pushing all the boxes into the dining room to keep the hallway free.
I then retreated to the study to take some time out for myself. The day has been non-stop since I got up and work has been so busy today.
Time for a soak in the bath.