Is your Christmas tree still up at home?

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”!

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


Comment balloon 12 commentsRhonda Wilson • January 23 2011 01:51AM


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

Posted by Dan Edward Phillips, Humboldt and Del Norte Counties, CA (Dan Edward Phillips, Humboldt and Del Norte Counties, CA) almost 10 years ago

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

Posted by Shannon Coe, 916-597-3818, Lincoln, Rocklin, Loomis, Roseville (Keller Williams) almost 10 years ago

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. 

Posted by Dawn Brenengen, Sales and Management (Dawn Brenengen - Trailwood Realty) almost 10 years ago

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!

Posted by Rhonda Wilson (Revealing Assets - Home Staging Services) almost 10 years ago

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

Posted by Rhonda Wilson (Revealing Assets - Home Staging Services) almost 10 years ago

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

Posted by Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.) almost 10 years ago

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!!!!!

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) almost 10 years ago

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.

Posted by Barbara Hensley, Homes for Sale in Rockwall County, Texas (RE/MAX Properties) almost 10 years ago

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 . . .

Posted by Brenda Whitman, Live in Laramie Real Estate, Broker/Co-Owner, Laramie, Wyoming (Live in Laramie Real Estate, Laramie, Wyoming) almost 10 years ago

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!!

Posted by Rhonda Wilson (Revealing Assets - Home Staging Services) almost 10 years ago

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.

Posted by Judy Klem, Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties (Transition Stage LLC) almost 10 years ago

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!


Posted by Rhonda Wilson (Revealing Assets - Home Staging Services) almost 10 years ago