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The post-Christmas cleanup frenzy
by Larry Wilson
Jan 04, 2010 | 647 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
We Americans are the strangest lot on the face of the earth. No wonder no one can figure us out and that is probably just as well. Let me explain where I’m coming from. Prior to Christmas, we run around collecting all sorts of parcels and packages. The day after Christmas, we throw out tons, tons, mind you, of all sorts of packaging. Within a few days, we throw out that special Christmas tree that graced our living area so beautifully during the Christmas season. We don’t just throw it out; we see to it that it is pulverized into so many millions and zillions of wood chips for mulch in our various public parks and such.

 I agree, it’s better to have that special Christmas tree turned into something useful rather than thrown haphazardly along a road somewhere, but once the cherished moment is over, out the door it goes.

Hardware stores are enablers in this post Christmas clean up frenzy as well. They conveniently have sales of all sizes and shapes of containers to store even more of our stuff. In all fairness, those containers are better than trying to salvage the cardboard container that the item originally came in. Plus the containers will keep the item reasonably dry and dust-free until its next use, that is, if you can find it when you need it again.

The local trash company, Waste Management, also has free dumping for some items after Christmas which further heightens the cleaning frenzy to load it up and get rid of it. This civic-minded idea allows people to dump those larger items that might otherwise find their way into the hinter lands to grace our beautiful desert with avant garde art offerings of sculpture to grace the desert floor.

Some people still find it necessary to rent storage units to store all of their stuff even though they have tried mightily to get rid of some of their junk. It’s almost as if they need all of that junk and they need to hermetically seal it away for posterity or something. Traditionally, when an item hits the storage shed you’ll see more of King Tut’s treasure than you will of those items in that storage shed.

Speaking of getting rid of things, after the holidays, people throng to the health gyms to sweat away the sins of all their holiday partying. Memberships in the various area gyms swell in January as the guilt of the party season sets in with the various good timers in our midst. How effective their efforts are I don’t believe has ever been thoroughly analyzed, but the management of the gyms are still smiling anyway.

Some would rather suffer their loss of tonnage in a more personal way so they take advantage of other stores that have sales on exercise equipment after Christmas. Some of those pieces can run into the low thousands in costs. Later in the year, these same exercise equipment pieces become the centerfold for various garage sales in the region as another bout of clean-out-itis hits the area when good weather arrives and people think they should have a garage sale or, as it’s called in some areas, a tag sale.

We seemingly never are through throwing out or discarding items throughout the year and it all seems to start after Christmas. Now, let’s see, do I really need this anymore? 

Larry Wilson is a 50-year resident of Sparks and a retired elementary school teacher. You can contact him at
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