Skip the Stockings

We did most of our Christmas decorating (and decluttering) last week, but when I got to the bottom of our Xmas decoration box, our stockings were still sitting there, waiting to be hung. The empty curtain rod hangers that I’d hung them from last year have since been replaced by, well, a curtain rod and curtains, so I wasn’t sure where to put them and left them crumpled in the box, to think about later.

Then I read Joshua Becker’s post about holiday expectations and realized that there was absolutely no reason why I had had to hang up stockings. In fact, if I DID hang up stockings, I would inevitably feel the need to fill them each with something—or many somethings—even though I’ve already maxed out my Christmas budget. I realized that hanging stockings would add a burden to my heart instead of increasing the joy in my heart.

So the stockings are hanging out in the decoration box down in the basement this year, until mid-January when we bring the box back upstairs to put all the other decorations away.

I thought about getting rid of the stockings entirely, but they’re personalized, and my grandmother actually knitted my stocking for me when I was a baby. So that one, especially, has got some sentimental value, and I wasn’t quite ready to make the decision to part with any of them yet. But I think that’s all right—they don’t take up very much space.

(Photo by Ben Askew © 2007)


Today I decluttered my desktop.

And I don’t mean the top of my desk. I mean the one that sits on my computer monitor when I log in at work each morning.

Last night I had logged into my work computer from home, and when I got in this morning my zillions of desktop icons were all rearranged alphabetically into three unfriendly columns—so I spent some time setting them a-right.

After I was done I realized that every time I use a VPN connection I’ll have to do the same thing over again.

Not my idea of Good Morning.

I got started deleting. Goodbye shortcuts I never use! Goodbye folders full of documents I never open! If you are pinned to my taskbar, you really don’t need to take up space on my desktop too.

I got rid of 18–20 icons.

Not a radical change, but next time I’ll need to do that much less reorganizing. Small victories.

(Image by Taduuda)