I forgot to add probably the most important resolution of the moment
- unpack within a week of returning from vacation/holiday
We spent two fab weeks skiing in Colorado, came back last Saturday and the unpacking/laundry fairy seems to have forgotten our address! I thought I would just leave all the suitcases where they were "unpacked" by various family members, but having stubbed my toe last night and nearly fallen down the stairs the day before, I relented and kicked them against the wall. Not quite putting them away, I know. I also relented and did the laundry as I found myself running out of clean jeans (well, clean jeans that fit). It seemed a bit selfish to pick through the pile and wash only my own stuff - especially since one of the offspring is only four.
I recognise (okay now, which spelling do I opt for - the Americans spell it "recognize") that it has long been a fault of mine to leave an open suitcase on the floor and just unpack it as I need the contents. What does this teach my husband (who, after 17 years is still in training) and children other than to do the same thing and get yelled at? So, this weekend, we are going to have an all-out effort to get the suitcases back where they belong, all contents in their rightful places, and just to really ruin everyone's weekend, we'll be taking the tree down into the bargain!
I can hear wailing and gnashing of teeth already!