The 13th Day of Christmas Cleanout

From October through December, the Amazon boxes arrived. Tiny ones holding games and books, and larger ones with Lego sets and bigger treasures. They were stashed in car trunks and the attic, or hidden in plain sight on the shelves of my closet. On Christmas Eve, while the children were at the movies, I gathered the packages into one place and began sorting, wrapping the gifts that were inside, and stacking the empty packing boxes to the side.

This week, as we recover from the holidays and prepare to get back to school, we are filling those boxes back up again. Amazon and Goodwill have partnered up to cover the cost of shipping those boxes to the nearest Goodwill, and while I would prefer to send our things to the St Vincent de Paul thrift store, the sad fact is that at 31 weeks pregnant I’m too lazy to drive the 30 minutes to get there with the multiple car loads of stuff that I can pack into this plethora of packaging. Right now, “we’ll come and get it” works for me.

This year my annual post-Christmas purge has a goal – I will send out of this house as much as we brought in. We are filling up the dozen or so boxes, and I’m gleefully watching the mail people take them away.

If your house is like ours, and holdding a stash of Amazon boxes, I invite you to join us on our 13th Day of Christmas Cleanout.

Sing it with me now “On the 13th Day of Christmas my True Love Gave to me a postman to take all our junk awaaaaaaay.”

About Rebecca Frech

Rebecca Frech is a Catholic author, speaker, CrossFit coach, and the Managing Editor of The Catholic Conspiracy website. She is the author of the best-selling books Teaching in Your Tiara: A Homeschooling Book for the Rest of Us and Can We Be Friends? She is a co-host of the popular podcast The Visitation Project, and is a columnist for The National Catholic Register. She and her husband live just outside Dallas with their eight children, a German Shepherd named Dave, and an ever-multiplying family of dust-bunnies.
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2 Responses to The 13th Day of Christmas Cleanout

  1. Rae says:

    This would be great for me….but the post office is actually farther than the goodwill store. So much for planned laziness.

  2. Ms JT says:

    this is the greatest thing ever.

    The purple heart group does something similar where you just fill up plastic bags and leave them on your porch and they will pick them up. Easy peasy.


    i was curious about that also. you can schedule a USPS package pickup at your front door for free too 🙂

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