It seems that every year when the holidays roll around I want to do deep cleaning. You always hear about "Spring cleaning", but I think we need a term for this time of the year. Maybe "Christmas cleaning". Usually it doesn't hit me until the day after Christmas. There is all the unwrapped presents under the tree, presents you have to lug home from the family gathering, etc. I have to admit that a lot of years I would simply come home from the family gathering on Christmas day and take down the tree and decorations. Like needing the house to be decluttered is the only thing I can think about.
This year it has hit me a little early. Yesterday I cleaned out our walk in attic space. It was in dire need. Nothing else could be pushed in there to store, so I knew it was time. After 4 hours of sorting I had six trash bags to put outside. It gave me a real sense of accomplishment. I also cleaned out all the cabinets in the master bath.
I have to admit that some of this new found wanting of clearing "stuff" out of my home has been brought on by the book The 7 Experiment. Some of the challenges she undertook are not for me, but I do see a lot of "excess" in our lives that need to be handled and not to replace the items that leave with new ones.