I hate to admit it, but these stupid, plastic containers give me a LOT of joy. I love knowing that everything fits in them. I love their compactness. I love having a system I follow every year.
I don’t like that I had to buy them. It seems like we should be able to get along just fine with the system my parents used – wrapping ornaments in toilet tissue and piling them into an old cardboard box. I did that for years, but then one year indulged in “real” containers for my various Christmas accoutrements and I will never go back. Turns out that there really is better living through plastic. I have never been happier unpacking or packing up my Christmas stuff.
Looking for post-Christmas sales on these ornament boxes, wreath boxes, and light spools is a good idea. They really do make the whole holiday decorating effort much easier.
This year, as I am unpacking my Christmas gear, I am paying closer attention to the things that make me happy and the things that I am keeping out of a sense of obligation or plain old ambivalence. I want to pare down and have only the things that make me and my kids really happy. I have already made one trip to the donation center and this group of things went there today.
Fake fruit (very realistic, but still unnecessary), a parasol (why have I kept this?), extra office supplies, plastic champagne flutes, sheets for a bed size I don’t own, fabric and trim bought impulsively, and a faded Easter wreath. The hardest things to give up were the clay Christmas tree hand-made by my daughter (which weighs about 30 lbs.) and the shower curtain which is pretty but doesn’t work in my bathroom anymore. All of these things have sat around my house for a long time and it is time to move them out into the world for someone else to enjoy.
I hope you are enjoying the holiday season and finding ways to make it easier and more joyful.
Are you doing anything differently this year?