Friday, January 05, 2007

A is for after party.

It’s the first week of January, the after party begins. Just when you think it’s over, you’ve got to deal with repacking your ornaments, disposing of a dried out tree and dealing with the after Christmas blues.

As a child the blues meant the return to school and the end to the anticipation of Santa Claus. As an adult, the blues means I have to return to work, pay the Christmas bills and stow away the decorations I pulled out a month before.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the decorations but when you live in a one bedroom apartment in Manhattan, storing these goodies can be a pain and a financial burden. We have a storage closet in our building. It’s great for holiday storage but it’s been two years since we’ve cleaned it out and it’s beginning to get crowded.

I have items in my coat closet that I need to store down in our basement but I’m too lazy and too afraid to add anything else into our storage area. I know it’s time to clean it out but I who wants to spend the one day off cleaning out a storage closet?

I know, I’m being a baby about it but honestly, cleaning the closet opens up other ‘to dos’. Reorganizing the closet means donating items which means finding organizations that want the items. Those items that can’t be donated can be sold which requires photos and posting flyers around the neighborhood.

Could my obsessive compulsive disorder be waning? Could I accept the fact that my coat closet and storage closet can be messy?