It's a new year, so you know what that means...seasonal depression!
It pairs nicely with my unemployment depression.
I love the holidays and all the decorating and then it's back to boring old house after the new year.
9 months of blah.
To be fair, I do get over it eventually and once again will love my home but I've already warned Rob that as soon as all of the decor comes down I am going to hate everything.
Suddenly I hate all the wall colors. And the furniture. And don't get me started on the floors.
Actually I hate the floors 24/7 365.
I've also reminded him to pay little mind to my renovation ideas and that it is okay to say no to me. Also this is a conversation we will have every January for the rest of our lives, each time as if I have never said it before.
Because he needs to know.
I bet you're thinking that if I love the decorations so much, and I hate taking them down so much, why not leave them up if it brings me joy?
And if you are thinking that, you have a point. But my concern would be that leaving it all up would eventually make it white noise and I won't love it anymore.
It's a real plausibility.
So, I have begun the great un-decorating of 2024.
And I added some new decor this year so I need to re-evaluate my storage options and I thought this might be a great way to start the new year - with a blog series on organizing.
I start by taking down everything and piling it on the dining room table. At least all the little bits that are all over the house.
I made a good dent yesterday. I did the kitchen/breakfast nook, dining room, bar, mantle, and one bookcase/built in in the living room.
Actually as I look at the above photo I realize I did not remember to get the lights in the window or the garland on the chandelier.
This will be a common recurrence.
In fact, there is a 100% chance I will miss something only to notice it in February and it will mess up my entire organization.
Actually, let's make that a 90% chance. I'm going to try really hard this year to not forget anything.
So my first step is always to gather all the decor in one place. I try to not put anything away yet. Sometimes, I begin the sort at this stage by grouping like things together but since I was in a snarky mood yesterday and mad about having to take it all down (to be clear, no one is making me take it down, I am mad at myself,) I just piled it all together in probably a completely nonsensical way.
The exception to this rule is the trees. I leave them where they are and put the ornaments right into the storage containers. But that's probably the last thing I do.
I guess we will see.
At least for now, part one is gathering all the bits of decor and putting it in one central location.
Stay tuned for what's next...