Hello. My name is Ingrid Callot. I’m a 37 year-old freelance writer, loving wife to a wonderful man named Roger, and doting mother to my little boy Jacob. I pledge my undying allegiance to Oprah Winfrey, Martha Stewart, and the Dalai Lama, and would like to one day meet them all for coffee and charades. Because I spend most of my waking hours at home, keeping house has grown on me. I relish doing even the most mundane of tasks, like cleaning the birdhouse, or making trays of potpourri.
Last month, when I attempted to hang only “green” Christmas decor using old, recycled, or junk materials, friends thought that I, Ingrid Callot, would be in way over my head with all the cost-cutting that I would have to manage. Though my “green decorating” was a smash hit, the post-Christmas corners I am cutting are even bigger – as a result of all the gift exchanges, party pledges, and random good tidings from well meaning neighbors, the pile of useless gifted ephemera in my house had towered to the ceiling.
In the environmental blogging community, the act of “regifting” is being touted not just for de-cluttering households, but more importantly for addressing sustainability issues like waste pollution and mindless consumerism. If two generations ago, passing your unwanted presents onto someone else as a gift was unthinkable, these days, it’s become a fairly sound habit to adopt considering today’s ailing environment, leaner economy, and prevalent social mores.
Before “re-gifting” that fuchsia purse that Great Aunt Betty said would match the dress you wore to senior prom (never mind that you’re a good twenty years older than most prom-going folk), however, be sure to rewrap it (with re-used gift wrap, of course).
To read more of my creative ideas for post-Christmas de-cluttering, visit callotingrid.wordpress.com.