Hurry scurry. Hurry scurry!!!
Shop. Wrap. Clean. Bake. Bake more. Shop more. Bake more. And more. And more. And more.
Until we collapse in a big old heap.
Balled up with anger and resentment.
At having so much to do.
And not at all full of Christmas joy.
Or tidings of good will.
AND particularly NOT our families who aren’t pulling their weight when we’re run ragged!!!
We joke about it. Kind of.
As we push on with our super woman act.
But our well being at Christmas is a BIG thing.
And in ALL the hurry scurry.
To buy more.
AND make more.
Many of us – and our families – put our mental health at risk.
And suffer severe stress, financial worries, insomnia and panic attacks.
So today we’re going to let go of all the odds and sods of Christmas baking stuff we never use cluttering up our kitchens.
BUT we’re also going to step back.
And make a promise to ourselves.
And our families.
NOT to get caught up in the Christmas craziness of doing it ALL.
And to commit to sleep and rest and asking for help from others and actually being there in the moment with our families as we prepare for Christmas together.
Just 10 Things – Christmas Baking
So this is the final day of my 10 day Christmas declutter series.
To get the most from the series it is best to start at the beginning.
But today we’re going to hit the kitchen.
And then stick to the just 10 things rules:
- Take 5 minutes or so, 15 minutes max
- Focus on Christmas baking stuff
- Open our eyes to the odds and sods we never use
- And without yanking stuff out
- Spot any we’re ready to let go
Keeping a look out for …
- Cookie cutters
- Muffin cases
- Cake decorations
- Cake tins
- Pudding bowls
- Cake toppers
- Baking stencils
- Icing kits
- Gingerbread house kits
We can pop anything someone else could enjoy in the donation box we started on day one.
And then we’re ready to let that box go.
All that Christmas stuff may be clutter for us.
And unused and unwanted.
But for a local teacher or play leader or church or charity it could be the most wonderful gift that will help them make Christmas special for others this year.
If you know someone who will take it great.
But if not have an ask around.
And offer it on a local community group on Facebook.
And then sit back with a nice cup of tea and have a think back through all those things we’ve explored about Christmas over the last ten days …
- Experiences – rather than things – that truly bring us joy
- Places where we feel at peace
- How much we want to welcome friends into our home, and how much clutter is a barrier to this
- Keeping Christmas special by keeping it short rather than dragging it on from November
- Caring for the things we already own and enjoy by mending them
- Making time for our wider families before Christmas
- Connecting deeply with our friends not just on social media
- Buying clutter free presents and gifts whose profits stay in our communities
- Remember clutter isn’t just for Christmas, we’re lumbered with it all year long
- Slow down, ask for help and enjoy the moments together