Tackle It Tuesday – Week 31 – Christmas Edition

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The Post-Christmas Tackle…

Merry Christmas! I hope your day was blessed and beautiful. We had a wonderful time – it was just perfect!

And now it is back to business…

I don’t like to wake up to a mess on Boxing Day. And although I never hit the malls for any sales – I am far too lazy and far too concerned about the money I just spent on Christmas – I still do not want to be cleaning!

But this year, instead of cleaning up after dinner, we went to a late movie! Susan and Rob babysat Jackson, and Phil, my mom and I went out! Crazy I know. So, now it is 1:30am and my house is not in order – nor have I got my tackle it post ready!

We did get most of the dishes done before we left – but we didn’t clean up the toy chaos or tidy the kitchen. And to complicate matters, our kitchen sink plugged from the potato peels and we have to wash all our dishes in the laundry room! I sure hope we can find a plumber that is working this week. (Here is Sue helping with the dishes before we left for the movie.)


Once I finally get out of bed tomorrow morning – and I can assure you I will be sleeping in – I will tackle the house and get it back to its former glory.

So – here is a backwards tackle for you. I took this photo late last night after I put out the presents. Doesn’t it look so fun with all the gifts!


And here it is at the end of tonight. Believe it or not, we were tidying as the day went on, but as you can tell, we didn’t do a very good job! Julia and Jackson just went from toy to toy and the mess grew.


Tomorrow (or I should say, later today) I will be trying to find places for all the new toys. I am so glad I tackled Jackson’s closet, because now I have lots of room in there. I just wish I had a great toy storage system in it.

So – tell us – how was your Christmas? Did you tackle all the clean up last night or are you tackling this Tuesday? Share your pictures or tell your stories if you are. We would love to have you join in the fun!


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  1. says

    Our living room and family room still have Christmas clutter — hopefully we’ll get it taken care of in the next day or so. I don’t want to come on like a drill sergeant (yet!) and everyone in our family is off this week, so I am sure we’ll combine getting things in order with laying back and relaxing. The kitchen is back in order, though — thankfully my husband helped with that.

    I love your pictures just after everything was set up and ready for Christmas and then after everything was opened and scatterered. :) I’m glad you went out with your mom, though. I like to set apart Christmas primarily to spend with family — the clean-up will wait for us.

    I have a birthday present that I need to sew this week (the recipient’s birthday is Friday) so I needed to straighten up my sewing area before I could even get to it, so that way my tackle today. I’m glad to get back into “tackling!”

    Happy day-after-Christmas!

  2. says

    I just did a little cleaning today, but thankfully dinner was at my parents, so my house didn’t get too crazy messy… Uh oh…looking around, I wonder if that last sentence may be incorrect. :(

  3. says

    About as far as I got is getting the wrap into a big orange garbage bag and the empty boxes into a pile in one part of the room. I was too busy yesterday baking a birthday cake to take with us to dinner at my sil’s. :v)
    Today, I’ll get to it today!

  4. says

    I was lucky that I went to my neighbors house for dinner so there was no cooking and cleaning involved. I didn’t however find a place for the toys until this morning. That to me is the hardest part. Finding a permanant home for new things. I wish you luck.

    Like you I am always thinking about how much I spent vs shopping today. I know I will do this every year so why try to fight it.

    Glad to hear you had a nice day and a movie too. Merry Christmas.

  5. says

    so pleased you had a wonderfully perfect day :)
    I cooked and the boys (Muzz and Billy) did the dishes thats our rule in our house. The cook cooks and others clean up afterwards. As for the pressies they are mostly put away. As I write(?type, word process) this I can see some wrapping pressie paper still on the floor but hey Daniel likes it – its the foily type and he loves the noise it makes

  6. says

    i decided to tackle our bedroom, I was in it sick all week so it needed to be cleaned and aired out. thanks again for doing these, they are really helping me keep on top of things!

  7. says

    I love the reverse tackle, feels like home! 😉

    This is the first year ever that by the end of the night on the day after Christmas (today) all the gifts had found a home. Usually they reside under the tree for the better portion of a week slowly but surely, one by one, finding homes somewhere… anywhere around the house. Thanks to last week’s tackle, though, I was more than prepared this time around. Feels good, I tell ya!

    This week I mostly tackled the stores. LOL! But did do a few little tackles at home as well! I’ll be putting them up here in just a few minutes on my page! :)

    Happy Holidays!

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