I feel conflicted when it comes to the post-Christmas clean up.
I feel a little sad that the holidays are over in the sense of time. The decorations go up just after Thanksgiving and spread holiday cheer throughout the house for just over a month. The house is filled with bright lights and the scents of evergreen candles and baked goodies.
Our adult children are around more. We aren't in a rush. We enjoy hanging out together playing games that make me laugh until I cry. We drink wine and beer. We toast our wonderfully amazing lives.
And then Christmas is over, and it's time to get back on track with work and the routine of life.
While I feel somewhat nostalgic as I pack away the essence of the holidays for another 11 months, I also begin to feel a surge of anticipation. After I pack totes and put them safely into storage, I dust and clean. I move some items around the house to give it a fresh appearance. I get rid of some things that are no longer used or needed.
It's a shedding of the old to make room for the new. New doesn't mean buying more stuff. It means reshaping the stuff we already have. We can move it into a different room or simply shift items from one area of a room to another. We can also shift furniture around to give a room a facelift. We can get rid of stuff that is cluttering our space.
So even though I felt a sense of sadness as the outward appearance of the holidays left, there was a tremendous sense of excitement as well. And I think that's completely okay.
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.