A New Kind of Normal: The Post-Christmas clear out

With Christmas now well behind us and the decorations in their new box – the old one was falling to pieces and husband got a lovely red one full of goodies, now eaten, from work – tucked away at the back of the wardrobe, it’s time to get on with normal life again. But of course, normal life cannot resume entirely just yet. With Little Pip still at home all day long, it’s impossible to begin on all of the things I want to do this year. Once she’s back to nursery for afternoons from next Tuesday, then we can get back to normal. Except normal is now a bit different.

My goals for the year are going to change what I’m doing on a day to day basis quite a bit. In order to keep this blog up to date, improve business and keep up with my uni studies, I really need to make the most of every moment of the day. In order to make this a little easier to do, I decided the house needs to be in better order before I even begin. Things need to be more organised. It’s a good time of year to do it – all of our lovely Christmas presents need places to go. Fortunately, I did consider the lack of space when I was buying Little Pip’s gifts. She got some LEGO, which easily fits into the LEGO box she already had – no extra space required. She got some board games, which easily fit in the living room with all of the other board games with minimal shuffling things about. She got some new dolls and accessories for those dolls but I found a beautiful suitcase style box in TKMaxx for them all to live in. Unfortunately she also received a sackful of wonderful gifts from friends and family so her bedroom does still need a proper Post-Christmas tidy up. Not that it’ll stay tidy for long!

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I also considered our storage problems when asking for presents for myself. I asked the husband for a box to keep my sewing things in. It needs to be stylish yet practical, I told him. He did very well. I now have a beautiful Cath Kidston sewing box, which is proudly on display in our living room – very useful to have needle & thread to hand! It has lots of little pockets and compartments and even a pin cushion. However, it’s not very big. It couldn’t possibly fit in everything I need for my work. But husband, clever thing that he is, thought of a way around this. Which is why I also have a much larger plastic box, also with lots of compartments, now on the shelf in our wardrobe which used to hold a confusion of smaller boxes and packets that made finding a particular clasp or button very difficult. It’s now all organised and ready to use. Between the two boxes, they store everything for my business, minus the stock.

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I’m now looking forward to Tuesday when we can get into a new daily routine. Until then, I’m going to make the most of holiday time with my Little Pip!

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