The second seven seconds is the family (living) room/dining room/entry. Since my kitchen, living and dining rooms are all 1 big room, it might be hard to separate them properly like Ashley Phipps does. But, I’ll manage! As long as I’m de-cluttering, and documenting it, I don’t think y’all are gonna quibble about which “room” I’m doing, right?? That’s what I thought. Thank you!
So, I started in the living room on Jan. 11. (I know I’m outta order, that’s just how I roll.) My Christmas tree still being up, helped me decide to start there.
Yeah, the tp in the foreground adds such a classy touch. XH brought in the storage tub, and I started emptying it out. THEN, I even wiped it out!!Yoo hoo!! There were all manner of empty boxes, and crumpled piles of tissue paper, some being actual tissues. What?? I wasn’t about to run to the store for actual tissue paper, when I had tissues right there! But maybe, just maybe, since I’m gonna have a neat, de-cluttered home now, I’ll do that from now on. Not holding my breath. That would probably be for the best.
I evaluated all the ornaments that I hadn’t used this year. Most of them were glass, or ceramic. Why didn’t I use them?? 1 word- 1 toddler and 1 baby. Okay, that was 5 words. Whatever.
Anyway, I threw out all the scratched ones. There went half!
I wrapped all the glass ones that weren’t sentimental, for donation. Why?? Because PPJr is gonna turn into a toddler, and stay one for years!!
The sentimental, glass and ceramic ones, like these that DD1 made as a child,
and this one that DD2 made,
She made the present. I made the cross stitch 20 years ago with the others, but had finished this one!
I wrapped up carefully and stored in the Tupperware box I already had for that purpose.
Then I trashed the left over paper, recycled the boxes, and stripped the tree.
(Oh, Tannenbaum, oh Tannenbaum, how evergreen thy branches. Anybody else hear that music??)
All that hard work took me 30 minutes. Making decisions is HARD!!
The actual tree was left standing for a helper to take down. No, not PP, even tho I’m sure she’d manage to take it apart somehow , if I let her!
Now, I only have 30 more minutes to de-clutter the rest of the living room. We’ll see!
Oh, wait! I almost forgot the 10 minutes I spent taking down the cards, and all PP’s decorations! (And trashing them, much to my own satisfaction! I was very proud of myself for not keeping them! I did mark down who the cards were from, first. Yikes! I only have 20 minutes left now!
See?? I knew it would take me more than an hour!!
Another 15 minutes on the clock, to deal with all this mess.
Yeah, the tp in the foreground adds such a classy touch.
It only took me that long to deal with it, AND sweep!! Woo hoo! Boy, am I getting good at this, or what?!
Hey, before you break your arm patting yourself on the back, you seem to be forgetting something. What?? Oh yeah, I still have this left to deal with. And this:
Well, we’re already 55 minutes in. But, okay, okay, more time on the clock.
But I don’t feel like doing those right now. (Looks around to spy something else. Anything else!) Aha! The china cabinet!
Nope! Nothing there! (I looked!) YAY!!
Hmmmm, the chest of drawers, even tho I know there’s nothing in there I can get rid of. But as Dana always says, Don’t assume! Look anyway! So I did. Lo and behold! All this can go!!
For pity’s sake!! Why did I have a bloody candle???? I think you were gonna paint it purple? And you only paid 5 cents on clearance. Yeah, that would explain it, but obviously that ain’t happening!
Clearly I had NO idea what-n-all was in there! WE have eleventy hundred videos, so I’m quite sure PP will never even notice the lack of these. And I have no candle holders for the tapers, so……
Now I have a nice, fat bag to donate. And that was only 8 minutes. The total is up to 1 hour, and 3 minutes. And I still have those 2 piles to go. sigh Another day. I already did my few dishes this morning, now it’s nap time!!
Several more seven seconds to come!