We have been slowly cleaning up from Thanksgiving. Usually this is a quick job for me, but I had so much other work to do that I left it to the kids. Kids’ cleaning time is measured in something like dog years. How long would it take me? 30 minutes. That’s 3 hours in kids’ cleaning time.
Yesterday a friend stopped by and as I was escorting her into the house I realized we had developed a trail between the incoming Christmas decor and the outgoing fall decor. It looked like we were living in an episode of Hoarders. Am I the only one with a love/hate relationship with that show? I am fascinated yet disgusted at the same time.
Anyway…..we needed to clean it up. So I called out, “Everyone front and center!” The masses came rushing in from all directions to see what was going on. I don’t call front and center very often. I quickly explained that Mommy was not doing well with the big mess in the house and we were all going to work as hard as we could for 15 minutes. When I say “GO!” just start putting things away until we are down to a pile of Christmas stuff on the school table. I clapped my hands and we went into action.
In 15 minutes it was done. My burden was lifted. I’m pretty sure I heard angels.
Today I will be putting the finishing touches on the Christmas decorating and list making. Gift lists and cookie making lists and party lists and general what-we-need-to-survive-the-holiday-season lists. Just thinking about it is enough to make me call front and center again.
Plus I have the kids’ gift exchange to work on. They draw names, but don’t tell who’s name they drew. It’s all very hush-hush and I have to find the time to take each child shopping without the others knowing where we’re going or who we’re buying for. It isn’t easy to go on 9 individual shopping trips plus do my own secret shopping in less than 4 weeks.
Now that the fall has been swept away I’m ready for the challenge.
But I may need a nap first.