The After-Christmas Slump

Prepare to gasp.

Last year, our Christmas tree stayed up until February. February. The second month after the month of Christmas. Besides plain ol’ just not wanting to un-decorate, it also means re-decorating.

Are you thinking, Hello! She has a décor blog! How does she not want to re-decorate? Isn’t that the point? Well, if you are, your thinking would be spot on. It’s just that I don’t always want to have to do it. I want to be in the mood and struck with inspiration. And I guess I’m not always in the mood after Christmas to un-do all the lovely, but very specific to one month, décor until…well, February.

Until this year. My mom and sister-in-law were in town and my mom kicked off our New Year’s day by asking if she could help me take the ornaments off our tree… and then the tree down… and then I thought, I should throw away all this not-so-green-anymore greenery… and before you know it, the three of us had taken down all the décor and boxed it up and put it in the attic within an hour.

And I was left with this.

Empty console tables….IMG_0235Lonely entryway….IMG_0238Bare dining table…IMG_0233And a blank mantel…IMG_0237I actually had difficulty remembering what was on each surface before I moved it all out for Christmas. I almost panicked (ok, I did for half a second). And even though my SIL made a great point that there are photos of all those spaces pre-Christmas, I am going to let it simmer for a while.

Don’t get me wrong, it will all be pretty once again. And likely soon.

But I am going to evaluate before jumping in. I imagine I’ll pull out a ton of stuff like I did here when I did our fall mantel so I know my options.

But I also have some new ideas.

To make those I-like-it-but-don’t-love-it-but-it’s-ok-for-now spaces sing.

So even though the blankness might drive me a little batty, I’m in it to win it this time.

Do you procrastinate at taking down your Christmas décor too? Or are you a day-after-Christmas-take-it-down kind of person? Do you have any projects brewing for this year? I would love to hear about it!

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2 thoughts on “The After-Christmas Slump

  1. I’m usually late taking the tree down, but this year I had everything down on Jan 3. Like you, I’m now staring at blank spaces deciding what should go where. New year, new decor. Well – old stuff reshuffled. I just need time to move things 53,000 times until I’m happy. I love Christmas, but I also love the post Christmas shuffle. Always makes me feel fresh going into a new year! Can’t wait to see what you come up with :)

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