Decorations Down

Christmas has been cleaned up in our house. This is a little earlier than normal for me, but as you know if you are a regular with my blog, I’m over it this year. Although now it looks boring and blah. Oh well, you can’t have it both ways I guess. I really do love Christmas. I just had a hard time this year without my mom. Every year I take the decorations down and wonder what life will be like this time next year. I never imagined life would be this empty without my mom this year. Next year at this time I don’t know where we will be. Will we be living in an apartment waiting for our new house to be done? I hope not. I’m hoping it will actually be done and we will already be moved in. I’m hoping the stars align and it all actually even happens. Who really knows? We may still be right here. I labeled my boxes and bins for the movers with optimism as though they would be moved within the next few months.

I put everything back exactly the way it was before Christmas, even though I know I have to “declutter” as the realtors always say. I need to take a million pictures first. Yep, I should have done that before I decorated for Christmas. I know. That would have been way too easy. Why not put it all back first, take the pictures, then pack it up? I’m not that smart. That’s way too obvious.

My goal over the next month and a half is to go room by room and clean closets, declutter and prepare the house to sell. Luckily I already did most of this last year for a big rummage sale we had, but need to go through it again. My daughter’s stuff will be the real challenge. The plan is to put it on the market on Feb. 15. For sale by owner and try our luck for a month. Hopefully the housing market is still a sellers market this spring. Fingers crossed!

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