Packing up holiday decorations is a hit-or-miss proposition around here. The main stuff gets taken down and put away fairly quickly, but inevitably there are a few things that get overlooked.
Those misfit things get put into a pile that seems to grow slowly over the next few weeks as I locate things that were missed on the first sweep. Somehow, I even find things from prior holidays! I think I had an Easter Bunny gumball machine and a couple of Christmas decorations still out in October.
Worst of all, this pile never seems to get attended to. Once the boxes are put away up high on the garage shelves, the last thing I want to do is haul them all down for one or two things. It just seems like more trouble than it’s worth.
Yep, I did it. I put away the Halloween costumes I’d lent out, the random things I’d missed in the Halloween packing, and all the little doodads that I’d piled up. I had been feeling like a big hypocrite as I got on Quinland’s case for a sleeping bag and pillow that had been sitting on the rocking chair since Outdoor School a month ago. Those finally got put away yesterday; today it was my turn to face the music.
It took less than 15 minutes, and I did it right, putting everything back in the proper box. It’s always such an eye-opener to see how easy it is to take care of all the dang things I’ve procrastinated on. Honestly, I hope the awareness sticks this time!
I also located the little box of Thanksgiving decorations I’d been looking for the last two weeks, so this is back up on my mantel:
I do have a tremendous amount to be thankful for. Family, love, friends, home, job, food, clothing, books… life. I’ve certainly been counting my blessings in the wake of so many tragedies this week.