Is your Christmas tree still up at home?

Home Stager with Revealing Assets - Home Staging Services

Are you finding that you often forget which holiday season we are actually in the midst of?

Does it take a grocery trip to Safeway and seeing the Valentines candy already out for sale to realize that it may be time to end Christmas at home?

How many of you had to physically remove Halloween decorations in order to make room for your Christmas decorations?

Christmas Tree

How many of you answered “yes” to one or more of the above questions, and also feel ashamed?

Well, I am here to say that there is NO NEED for you to feel ashamed.

There is also no need to feel like a lesser human being or like you are the epitome of lazy.

If you are finding that you are beating yourself up for not taking the Christmas Tree down yet, here at the end of January, I have an assignment for you.

Instead of laying in bed at night, tossing and turning, worrying about your mounting To-Do list, grab your car keys, no matter how late it is, and take a little drive down some residential streets. This is actually provides more benefit to you if it is later at night. Drive around and look for the houses/condos/townhouses that have window coverings opened at least part of the way. You will quickly realize how MANY people still have their trees up.  The clutter fairy




You are NOT alone. There is nothing wrong with you.

Society, as a whole, is simply busier than in the past. We lead hectic lives. We are working more hours, getting our kids involved in more activities, taking more night-time classes, and, generally, burning our candles at both ends.

This short blog is simply a reminder to step back, take a deep breath, and accept the fact that it is okay to not be a super-human. Take time to reflect on and appreciate all of the enjoyment experienced from all of the crazy daily life activities. But, mostly, remember that the tree still being up is part of what makes up the “small stuff”. And, as Jack Canfield so simply puts it, “Don’t sweat it”!

Posted by

Rhonda Wilson - CCSPTM
Owner/Operator of
Revealing Assets
Home Staging and Decluttering Services
We transform properties into highly
sought-after products that sell in half
the time and for 7-10% more money.
Through personal experience, extensive
research and training, and a compassionate
approach, we De-clutter living/work spaces for
up-lifting and positive life changes.

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada


Comments (12)

Dan Edward Phillips
Dan Edward Phillips, Humboldt and Del Norte Counties, CA - Eureka, CA
Humboldt and Del Norte Counties, CA

Good Evening Ronda, very interesting advice, our tree was gone early due to a remodel job.

Jan 22, 2011 05:56 PM
Shannon Coe
exp realty of California, Inc. - Oceanside, CA
760-586-5268, San Diego Realtor

Great post! I did just put away Chrismas! So sad yet so cool because I have been so busy with work!

Jan 22, 2011 05:56 PM
Dawn Brenengen
Dawn Brenengen - Trailwood Realty - Raleigh, NC
Sales and Management

I think I'll just make the best of it and hang red hearts from the tree....then take those off and add some green shamrocks, maybe some Easter eggs in April. 

Jan 22, 2011 05:59 PM
Rhonda Wilson
Revealing Assets - Home Staging Services - Edmonton, AB

Dan, its very helpful when we have an actual tangible reason for being on top of putting Christmas away. Good job!

Shannon, exactly! You are in the right mind-set. You have been too busy BECAUSE you are busy being successful. It doesn't get much better than that!

Jan 22, 2011 05:59 PM
Rhonda Wilson
Revealing Assets - Home Staging Services - Edmonton, AB

Dawn, don't laugh, I have met a few people who do that. It is a year-round holiday-transitional tree! Great idea!!

Jan 22, 2011 06:00 PM
Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Gibson Management Group, Ltd. - Charlottesville, VA

In my family, we did not leave the tree up over New Years as it was BAD LUCK!  As my trees have gotten smaller with more dogs in the house, taking them down is much easier than in the olden days

Jan 22, 2011 07:12 PM
Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

Rhonda, my tree just went down yesterday. I have a small tree still up though. I am lucky, we celebrate Christmas twice, my husband is Russian Orthodox. And then there is the old Russian New Year... so I am all set if I leave it all the way through Jan!

And you are right, don't sweat the small stuff!!!!!

Jan 23, 2011 12:03 AM
Barbara Hensley
RE/MAX Properties - Rockwall, TX
Homes for Sale in Rockwall County, Texas

Rhonda, so I am not the only one!  One year I was so busy that I could not seem to get the time to take down my tree!  It was driving me crazy!  I planned a small Valentine party and knew the tree had to come down.  A couple of days before the Valentine party I took off the decorations and put them all away...yet the tree was just sitting there bare.  Suddenly I had an idea....I went to the store and purchased some Valentine decorations and put them on the tree so I now had a Valentine Tree.  My guests loved it.  You will be glad to know that I immediately did take it down...right after Valentine's day.

Jan 23, 2011 12:46 AM
Brenda Whitman, Live in Laramie Real Estate
Live in Laramie Real Estate, Laramie, Wyoming - Laramie, WY
Broker/Co-Owner, Laramie, Wyoming

Honestly, I've got to admire those of you that CAN keep the tree up.  We take it down on Christmas day because it's just such a relief to get rid of the visual clutter.  And  no, our house is really not all that tidy. So seriously, would you really want that to be you?   LOL . . .

Jan 24, 2011 04:44 AM
Rhonda Wilson
Revealing Assets - Home Staging Services - Edmonton, AB

Wallace, I think I may just adopt your belief regarding not leaving the tree up past New Years. Provides a little more motivation, for sure!

Andrea, lucky girl, you have a legitimate reason to leave the tree up!! 

Barbara, see, you can rejoice in the fact that you are adaptable, flexible, and that you work well under pressure. Very creative. Great job!

Brenda, this is a little spin on the norm. Most humans live in environments where immaculate cleanliness is not present. Then, the tree being up simply ADDS to the visual clutter. So, this is totally understandable!

Thank you everyone for stopping by!!

Jan 24, 2011 02:53 PM
Judy Klem
Transition Stage LLC - Shelton, CT
Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties

Hi Rhonda - What a fun post!  here's my secret for not having to take down my decorations after Christmas - I never got the chance to put them up! All I had was some Christmas cards on the mantle and a little piece of garland left over from a party.

This was really great reading! Thanks for posting it.

Jan 25, 2011 05:44 AM
Rhonda Wilson
Revealing Assets - Home Staging Services - Edmonton, AB

Hi Judy!!

Well, that just solves everything!! Funny you tell this story, as I also did not have time to erect my tree this year.

I actually just wrapped garland around the base of my tri-pod floor-lamp this year! lol.

Thank you for stopping by!


Jan 25, 2011 03:46 PM