Day 336: Boxes of Christmas Decorations Adds to the Clutter

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.

Until tomorrow…



About Sandra Madeira

I am a full-time working mum with a passion for writing and inspiring others. Subjects I tend to blog about are life skills, parenting, decluttering, worklife balance, etc. At the moment I am on a decluttering mission creating space in my house, garden and mind. I have challenged myself to do at least ten minutes a day and write about it. Have a good day! Sandra Freelance Writer
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5 Responses to Day 336: Boxes of Christmas Decorations Adds to the Clutter

  1. I decided one year that all Christmas decorations were not going to the attic as I was the one that had to put them up there and take them down so I commandeered the closet from my son’ old room and put them there, it was a way for me to get rid of items because of lack of space, so items that I no longer used were given away or tossed. I go see through bins that were modular and stacked neatly. This enabled me to see what I had and with a finite space I didn’t need anymore unless something left.
    Sounds like you needed that long soak, hope you enjoyed it.

    • Thank you. I remember your comment in March about how you store yours, when I was putting the decorations back in the loft. I should have listened to you then, ha ha. I will be getting rid of the cardboard boxes and going for see-through ones. I agree it’s easier to see what’s there.

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