"... No one's talkin' brotherhood,
No one's givin' gifts,
And no one loves a Christmas tree
On March the twenty-fifth."
- Shel Silverstein
(Photo by earl53, shared at morgueFile)
I never tire of reading the poems written by Shel Silverstein. They just crack me up! This one about the end of the Christmas season is particularly applicable for us this weekend...the putting away and packing up time!
We always wait until after Epiphany to take our decorations down. For me it is always a kind of a letdown signaling that another Christmas is over. Sometimes our decorations stay up a little longer because I'm still trying to hold onto the magic of the season (and also because I tend to procrastinate the huge task of packing it all away.)
Last year I bought a bunch of bins and a couple zippered wreath holders to help with the organization. I spent a good part of one day carefully packing everything into the bins and wrote out labels so that I would know what each of them contained. This Christmas it was so much easier to find everything while decorating. It should be easier to put it all away, too.
If you are looking for some home organizational tips, check out the new SC Johnson website - Right@Home (http://rightathome.com). The article titled, "Post-holiday Cleanups" provides some good cleaning tips for after the holidays.
One quick tip: if you don't want to save your Christmas cards like they suggest in the article, you can donate them to the St. Jude's Ranch Recycled Card Program. Here's the address:
St. Jude's Ranch for Children
Card Recycling Program
100 St. Jude's Street
Boulder City, NV 89005
They are accepting used, all-occasion greeting cards from November 15, 2008 thru February 28, 2009.
Find more clean up tips from bloggers at The Parent Bloggers Network (http://blog.parentbloggers.com).