I adore Christmas but hate how messy the house gets with all the new stuff floating around.
My mother used to let us keep our little treasure piles under the tree for 24 to 48 hours before eventually moving it to our rooms or the appropriate location. But Michael is ready for an initial clean up by Christmas afternoon.
Wrapping paper is put into recycled shopping bags as they open presents (the giant Toys ‘R’ Us bags are good for this). By afternoon boxes were put in the recycling bin and by nightfall marching orders were given for everything to be taken to their rooms.
I might let the piles of gifts stay a little bit longer under the tree but the clutter was definitely (and still is on table tops) making me crazy. (Legos are all over my dining table as are tiny latex Princess outfits for Polly Pocket-size dolls. Better there than on the floor I guess.)
Getting the new stuff always makes me want to clean out the old stuff. I feel a need to clean out toys not being played with and donate them. I really should think ahead and make them clean out before Christmas but I never do. I always feel too busy to tackle this on the front end.
I would like to say that today we are going to clean out the playroom and all the toy baskets in the family room, which is filled with truly mostly junk. However I am also feeling a post-Christmas slump where I just want to sit there and read a book or watch new DVDs. (Michael got me the first season of “Glee” – seven discs to watch! Plus got from the library a new detective book – “The Sherlockian.”)
How long do you let the toys and new stuff stay under the tree and spread out around the family room? At what point does it have to be transferred upstairs? How do you deal with the after clutter? Do you clean out old toys before or after Christmas day?
– Theresa Walsh Giarrusso, Momania blog