Since I was in Alaska the first couple of days of December, I was late getting my Christmas tree up this year. Last year, I put the tree up right after Thanksgiving because both my mother-in-law and Mr. Taster-Editor were here to help with the task. Two weeks later, I received a call from the moving company. They informed me that our shipment of 10,000 pounds of household goods would be here on December 22. Of that 10K pounds of household goods, 3K = ammo (don’t ask,) books made up 5K and the remaining was Christmas decorations.
Woohoo! Christmas had arrived. Only problem? When I put away all the Christmas decorations last year, they went into two different places. The old stuff was still in Ma’s barn and the Alaska stuff was in my barn.
Now, I’m a fairly organized person, but I do believe I’ve crossed over into the OCD category. You see, last year before storing the decorations, I made a little note. I’d forgotten about the note. When I opened EVERY box, it was sitting right there on top so I wouldn’t miss it. Did I mention that it was typed and color-coded? Did I mention it was in every box? Did I mention that there are about 50 boxes of Christmas stuff or as Mr. Taster-Editor calls is FWS–fragile, worthless, sh*t.
When I saw the note, I laughed. A lot. As upset as I was that it confirmed that I’m now officially nuts, I had to appreciate how helpful it was. I’m going to share a few of the reminders with you:
1. There are hangers somewhere. Find them. DO NOT use paper clips. There are both decorative and plain hangers.
2. Open all the boxes before decorating. The ornaments are jumbled together this year. (I can’t tell you how difficult it was to simply throw the ornaments willy-nilly into boxes without sorting them by color. Just about killed me, which is probably why the note came about–I was compensating.)
This is my favorite. I gave myself a great big “duh!” and asked myself why on earth I needed to make a note about this. It’s obvious, right?
3. There are gold beads and gold star garlands. Find them all before putting on ornaments.
Really? Good lord! Everyone knows you put the garland on first. Guess what? Even with the handy-dandy note, I still put ornaments on the tree before finding all the garland. I decided garland was overrated anyway.
I love decorating for Christmas and can’t wait to get the rest of my stuff displayed. Need to soon because the tree is lonely.