Dear Mrs. Chaos,
How in the world do I find my house under all this Christmas Mess?
Struggling and Overwhelmed!
Read more to find out how Mrs. Chaos tackles her un-decoration after the Christmas season.
It’s spring! One of the most favorite times in Southern homes! We Southerners love our large porches where we can socialize with the neighbors or our backyard outdoor kitchens where we can cook and entertain anywhere from 5 to 500 guests before we get into the raw, humid heat of summer. We are a social culture down here, but how do we keep these areas tidy and neat in between parties? Let me show you how!
Lent coincides with the Spring season which makes it the best time to embrace decluttering while Spring cleaning! If you don’t celebrate lent, no worries, just join us on a 6 week journey of Spring decluttering! In fact, plan a party or a crawfish boil in 6 weeks because a party ALWAYS motivates me to get things done! A black trash bag can hold 40 lbs so let’s see how much “stuff” you can lose in 40 days!
…I quarantined myself to my house and began my recovery. Can you say cabin fever? Holy cow!! This is why I could never live up north. This southern gal needs her sun, fresh air, AND warm temperatures.
While I was cooped up inside, I decided to see what all the fuss was surrounding Marie Kondo’s new Netflix series, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. I am very familiar with the Marie Kondo method, and I am certainly on board with many of her ideas.
Here’s my take away…
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One might think, after the holidays are over so are the sales but not so my friends! Thanks to Mr. John Wanamaker, a savvy Philadelphia entrepreneur who created the “White Sale.” His idea was to promote a “fresh start” for the New Year by having a clean house. Since bed linens and towels were white during this time period, the “White Sale” it was named! That’s why we are kicking off the year by organizing the linen closet.
…I managed to pull a few things from the rooms that were not being toured which made me feel a teensy bit better. I did make a point to add buy more Christmas decorations to my to-do list…Christmas décor is not clutter free.
But then I realized, that it wasn’t so much the number of decorations that mattered.
I LOVE WRAPPING PRESENTS! I even have a Pinterest board dedicated to unique gift wrapping ideas. For me, gift wrapping is like the final decorating part of the holidays, and y'all know how much I LOVE to decorate. I’m sure several of you are thinking “haven’t you been preaching to us about clutter-free gifts?” Well yes we have, but that does not mean you are exempt from wrapping that gift in a way that emphasizes how truly special it is. Today’s blog is all about making those clutter-free gifts special.
Are you worn out from the hustle and bustle of Christmas? Feeling overwhelmed? Do you keep starting and not finishing your tasks because of the distraction of so many “to do’s” on your plate? Grab your coffee (or cocktail) and a pen and paper, sit down and read for just 3 minutes. I’ll keep it short!
Do you find it getting harder and harder to find the right gift for certain people on your list? I think we have all been in this position. As the world moves toward a less is more mentality, this predicament is becoming even more prevalent. I have come to know that experiences trump most things, and the gift of an experience outlives that of a trinket or latest gadget - that’s why our family does a “staycation” instead.