“Boxing Day is traditionally the day following Christmas Day, when servants and tradesmen would receive gifts from their superiors or employers, known as a "Christmas box"…..This custom is linked to an older English tradition: Since they would have to wait on their masters on Christmas Day, the servants of the wealthy were allowed the next day to visit their families. The employers would give each servant a box to take home containing gifts and bonuses, and sometimes leftover food.”
I like to give myself a Boxing Day every once in a while, but inside out. This is a day when I get an empty box and go around the house picking things up, looking them over, making decisions. I have little stashes of “not-sure-if-it’s-worth-storing” and these are a great place to fill up my box. Then I stick the box in the front seat of my car and the next time I run errands, drive it to a charity, usually the Humane Society’s Thrift Shop.
Why is this a gift to myself?
Clutter. Clutter-Be-GONE! I actually have a book by cleaning expert Don Aslett with this title. It’s half about organizing and de-cluttering, and half about how to clean. How to clean? Yep. I’ve learned lots from this book. One of the best tips in there is “don’t scrub.” Know why not? What’s your guess?
The less clutter, the clearer the space, the fewer things your mind has to keep track of, the more room there is in there for the really important stuff. Besides, I hate tripping.
Boxing Day is usually not easy, especially in my fabric cupboard, my kids’ rooms, and my husband’s closet. Too many times we say, “Hey, with just a little [polishing, glue, paint, part] that’ll be good as new!” I have to remind myself that time counts. My time, my stress, my worry…they’re worth some bucks, too. Will it cost more to fix it or toss it and replace it later? Amazingly, it almost always costs more to keep it, if you count time, energy, and brain storage along with money.
So, “Hey” right back attcha. Give yourself a gift and toss it in the Box.