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‘Twas the day after Thanksgiving, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even my spouse
The game on TV was chosen with care
He’d root for a championship with a beer and a prayer
The dogs were nestled snug on their beds
While visions of turkey scraps danced in their heads
So I in my sweatpants, decorating plan in hand
Ventured to the attic to fetch the tree stand
The boxes were stacked high and leaning tall
‘Course the box I needed was under them all
Then from my midst there arose such a clatter
Think he’d spring from the couch to see what was the matter?
To the top of my trusses! To the top of my walls!
There’d be no more frustration in decking the halls!
And when I was done I stood back to admire
My organized attic to which others could aspire
They held decos for Christmas, Halloween and Easter
And childhood treasures being saved for my sister
Camping, beach, ski, other seasonal gear
To be easily accessed throughout the year
And then, during a commercial, he heard near our roof
The prancing and dancing of his wife like a goof
As I took a step down and turned around
Up the attic stairs he charged with a bound
His eyes how they twinkled, his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow
No missing the game for wife’s boxes to tow!
He sprang down the ladder, to his team gave a whistle,
And away he flew back to the couch like a missile
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he fell out of sight
“Happy decorating to all, and to all a good night!”
Have you hit a speedbump in your attic clean up? Check your progress and consider some helpful strategies for overcoming obstacles and getting the job done. Questions to ask yourself:
- Are you putting off decisions on too many items? Revisit your rules to organize by, which we covered in Step One, and make sure you’re following them.
- Are you making your way through the space at a realistic pace? If not, you might consider setting a timer and giving yourself 30 minutes or less per box to speed up decision making.
- Are you seeing any trends in the items you’re having a harder time parting with? If so, spend some time considering why you’re having a hard time letting go. Ask yourself if a picture of certain items would be just as good as keeping the item itself.
This is also a good time to consider your definition of “treasures.” If items are truly of value to you, then honor them and incorporate them into your daily life rather than stash them in your attic. If they have less value than you once placed on them, and you don’t have a use for them in your current life, donate them or share them with a loved one.
Be aware of your stress level – are you feeling more relaxed by this process or less? If you feel your anxiety is growing as you go through certain boxes, consider asking a friend or loved one to help. Organizing as a team can be more fun and less stressful.
Attics can hold many memories and trigger some big emotions, so give yourself the time to feel what you need to feel. Pat yourself on the back for all you’ve accomplished and keep moving forward!
The finish line is definitely in sight! Check in with us tomorrow as we share final tips for wrapping up your “Organize Your Attic” project with tools for maximizing your storage and keeping it in tip top shape.
Homeowners in Raleigh, North Carolina who could use more space in their attic should check out the AtticMaxx Shelving System, which is now available at Seaboard ACE Hardware in downtown Raleigh. Seaboard ACE Hardware is located at 802 Semart Drive, across from the old Seaboard Railroad Station right off Peace Street.