Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Feeling tweaky (in a good way)

I honestly have to fight the urge to take the tree down on the night of Christmas, once the kiddos are tucked into bed. (Please tell me we can still be friends?)  Just to be clear, I have NEVER acted on that urge...I'm just saying, that as soon as the holiDAY begins winding to a close, I always feel ready to get the house cleaned, and put back together!  This year was no different, and our tree was extra droopy and crunchy.  (Y'all may remember that I chose the most pathetic tree on the lot, and left myself open to a ton of ridicule because of it's general wimpy-ness.  It barely made it to Christmas morning.) 
 On the 26th, I began winding lights around cardboard and packing things away.  Oh it felt so good... Our home has been on the market about two months now, so it felt right with the world to get it back in order, in anticipation of selling!  (hopefully maybe)
 Previously, we had a rocking chair and side table sitting against this wall.  When we put our tree up, I moved our rocking chair into Ava's room, and the side table into my room.  I decided to leave them there, opening up our living room for future showings.  But the wall where our Christmas tree had been needed a light or something... After thinking about it for a few days, I decided to move this little console table here and stock it with family games.  Though I have loved it in the dining area, I am really happy with the change and the best part, is that it doesn't take up a ton of space, so the room still feels open.
 I found this old, chippy, blue box in one of my favorite stores a few months ago.  It was used for spare radio parts but is perfect for playing cards and smaller hand-held games.  Also, I have a little bit of a thing for boxes.  I don't know why... but I just love them!
 It's already gotten more use than it ever did when it was in my dining room. 
 This tiny canvas had to go here too... "Yes" is my word for 2012.  I promise to talk more about this in January, but I'm so excited because I really feel like God gave me this word.  Do you have a word for the year too? Something that you are working on, or stretching for, or making your mission? (Wait, don't tell me... we can talk about it in my upcoming post okay?!  Be thinking about it though, cause I'll promise to ask you again!)
 I filled an old wooden bowl with some sand and tossed in all my white pillars.  It felt simple and clean and that's just what I was looking for as I continued to sweep pine needles throughout my entire house.  (And seriously, HOW do they get in the bathroom?  How? I ask you.)
 This spot is a little bare now... but it also opens up the area just a bit more and apparently space is important to people looking at prospective homes.  I must give the people what they want.  (Sadly, most of them don't want 1500 square feet.... but that's a job for God not me.)  I have no idea what to put on my chalkboard right now, so I think I'm going to leave the "Hallelujah" up a bit longer cause I just love it. 

 I don't know about you but sometimes doing a little bit of tweaking... moving something from one room to another (even if it was never intended for that room) is totally refreshing.


When do you begin taking your Christmas decorations down? 



31 comments:

  1. I'll save my word for your post on YOUR 2012 word. Maybe you can give us some tips on finding a word and putting it into action! I usually LOVE having my Christmas decorations up and never want to take them down, but I definitely have the itch this year. I think I am going to leave certain things up a little longer than others, but most of the little nic-nacky things have got to go this coming week!

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  2. hm... a word for the new year... Ill have to think on that one.

    We havent started taking Christmas down yet. But the tree needs to go in the next day or so. Hubby got called in for OT tonight, and he works the next 4 nights, which means I need to box up the ornaments and lights tonight or tomorrow- so he can drag the tree out before he heads to bed in the morning.

    It always looks so naked in here once the decor is gone. But I suppose that just means I can get to work on doing more things for that house that I have wanted to do! and organizing all the toys that my boys got for Christmas.

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  3. Your house looks fantastic, and I understand the need to clear it out, especially since you are selling. I am always so hesitant to take our decorations down, because the lights make it so cozy. And BTW, I would GLADLY take a 1500 sq.ft. house. We have raised two now adult sized people in a 900 sq.ft. (yes, you read that right, 900 sq.ft. house.) I even have a blog post about it.

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  4. Okay, confession time. I took my tree down on Christmas Eve...I know, I know, how could I? We celebrated Christmas on the 23rd and the tree was reeeeeeally dry and it felt so good to open up that spot in front of the window. The rest will come down this weekend. I must have a clean house on New Years Day. I'll be thinking and praying for my word, too. Patty

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  5. I usually leave our decorations up through the New Year, but I'm thinking this year (in keeping with my stress-free theme) that I will take them down along and along. When I have time. And if it takes me 2 weeks, then it just takes 2 weeks. Definitely not what I'm used to, but Dr.'s orders are to de-stress or I'll die before I'm 40. From stress. Guess that means I'm hoping to have it all down by Valentine's Day. HA!

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  6. My tree came down the morning after
    Christmas....I'm just like you - when
    Christmas is over, I'm ready for a
    clean slate again.....The pine needles
    were everywhere!!!! My sons and I cut
    the tree down ourselves this year and
    we put it up the first week of December,
    so I was more than ready to have it come
    down....I'm really looking forward to
    new things in the New Year and have two
    words to work on.....Will share them with you when you share yours....Again, thank you so much for your wonderful blog - I was so excited this morning when I saw you had a new post....May many wonderful things happen to you and your family in this New Year....

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  7. Your house is so darling, it will be snatched up in no time. Really.

    We leave our decorations up until after New Year's Day.
    I love tweaking too, and don't do it enough. Thanks for the inspiration, as we will be putting our house on the market this year too.

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  8. SO happy to have found your site {from a post by Christy of Between Here & Home}. Your home is LOVELY and SO spotless. I'm feeling the desperate need to clean, organize and put away... but trying to instead let my family enjoy these last days of decorations. Looking forward to being a regular reader here. Happy New Year and all the best with the selling of your home... from personal experience I know the drain that is on everyone.

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  9. My mom always left our decorations up until News Years, so for years, that is what I did also. The last few years however I have been itching to take them down right after the holiday however. After a few days of wanting to act on that urge, this year I did it. Yesterday I took it ALL down, except the Nativity. That stays until Epiphany.

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  10. My mom, an OCD house cleaner, always told me it was bad luck to still have it all up on Jan. 1st. I usually take it all down on the 27th but this year we have been out of town. Headed home today so will start tonight and finish tomorrow. I am sure my tree is pretty crispy too.

    Not sure what my word will be yet. Hmmmm.....

    I want to "move". Like pick up the family and change states. My 13 year old is on the fence. My 11 year old is an "absolutely not". My husband is an unmotivated "if you really want to." You reminded me to give it to God. Thanks!

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  11. I totally agree. I started taking mine down yesterday and will be finished today - except for the 3 Nativity Scenes, I will leave them up until Epiphany. Plus I just love my Nativity Scenes. Happy New Year and thanks for sharing your wonderful blog - will be following along in the New Year. xo

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  12. i started taking my christmas down too. i'm like SO over it by dec. 26th! i love that fresh clean feeling when it's all put away!

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  13. I think those pine needles get in the bathroom by way of four little paws, there are secret hiding places between the pads. I am right there with you with taking Christmas down. Everything starts to look shabby inside and out and I want it all cleaned and shiny for the new year. I'm looking forward to your post on the word for 2012, thanks for all the inspiration in 2011, I feel like I made a new friend! Blessings.

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  14. I took my tree down on Christmas day...in the afternoon. I was tired of telling a little 10 month old to "stop pulling on the tree, please!" over and over. Plus that cluttered feeling that comes with Christmas decorations was stressing. me. out. but we'll say it's because of child safety. ;)

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  15. I love it when a piece of furniture works somewhere else, it gives a whole new feel to a room. Looks great!

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  16. I struggled with taking our decor down too! I felt guilty, but I just love getting it all put away and having the house clean again!

    We just found out a couple weeks ago that we will be moving....a very big move...bigger than we have ever done, so I am in the process of starting to box things up.

    It sounds like you have sold your house before. This is the first house we have owned, so it will be the first we have tried to sell. I have been taking as much off the walls as I can just so I can be ready when we have to move (because we will most likely have to move before our house sells, unless God sells it fast!) and I was thinking that it will be easier for people to visualize what they can do in here. What do you suggest for trying to sell?? If I walked into your house, seeing how you have it decorated, I would be sold! :)

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  17. Completely agree! Actually, I'm feeling REALLY tweaky :-) - as in, we started a huge home reno project in Oct. and it's still going on. We took a small break for the holidays, and now it's back to the races. Wish me luck! Love your little white table in the living room now.

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  18. I LOVE the HALLELUJAH! The "clean" look is great; best to you as you wait for God to MOVE that house!

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  19. love your canvas! i already have my word for 2012 too, & can't wait to chat about it in a few days :)

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  20. I have been thinking about a word for 2012. Jury is still out on that....lol, brain in overdrive.
    I too have been moving things around and doing some early spring cleaning ...as in throwing things out and making trips to the local thrift store with donations.
    God is going to have the right family look at that house and they will fall in love with it and all it's cuteness. You wait and see. : 0

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  21. oh girl...I love the cleaning..and I'm with you....I want Christmas down on Christmas night....I always hold off, too. TODAY ours came down!!!!!!

    YOUR HOME LOOKS AMAZING all cleaned up and tweaked!

    Happy New Year!!!

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  22. I am always so ready to get my house back in order ASAP! Most years, it's the day afte Christmas! I love the decorations, but when it's over, I'm ready for clean, organized spaces! Love your blog~
    I'm thinking of a word for 2012...I love this idea!

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  23. This is the first year I've itched to take my decorations down early. We usually leave them all untIl Epiphany, but a ten month old leaves a lot open to grab and discover. We're managing, somehow.

    I'm going to have to rethink my word for 2012. It's so hard because I have so many. Time to whittle them down!

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  24. Oh! Sasha I fought the same urge, but it was only 11:00am on Christmas day. I only took lights out of the front windows. On the 26th... done!

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  25. I am like you. I fought the urge on Christmas night to take the decorations down and return to 'normal'. However, they are all down and I have a strange sense of relief that it is over. So glad my house is clean and tidy to ring in the new year.

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  26. I recently found your blog and have really enjoyed it! As I was perusing your pics, I spotted the book "Jesus Calling". I love, love, love that book! Yet another on a long list of reasons to check in on your blog! And now I'm praying about a word for the year...I think I've got it, but I'm waiting on the Lord to confirm it.

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  27. Sasha- Your home looks fantastic!! I have been MIA so it's been awhile since I've seen it. Here's to a brilliant 2012!!

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  28. I have always waited until after the kids go back to school to take mine down, but have been slowing taking it down this year...feeling the need for order in our home. Love the idea of moving your family games to that area. I have a thing for boxes too...everything looks so welcoming and pretty, Sasha.

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  29. I about laughed out loud when I saw your post!!! That is hysterical. I love it, because I HAD THE SAME FEELING. AND I ACTED ON IT!! NOOOOO!!! YES I DID!!! It was liberating to get that tree outa here and on the road where it belonged! ha ha ha
    Stop by and see my post on TREE TRASH if you wanna see how close to bosom buddies we are on the tree thing!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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  30. where can i get a bag like the one in your december 26 picture?

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  31. Love your blog!! Now following.

    Blessings,

    Marie

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