Depending on how you look at it, 10 days is either a very long time or no time at all.
In view of the fact that we have family descending 'en masse' on Christmas Eve, I've decided to bite the bullet and try to get two of our spare rooms ready for guests. This is easier said than done, because during the course of the year, all the 'stuff' we can't decide what to do with, goes into one room or the other.
Fortunately we do have one permanently 'ready' guest room but over the festive period we will have to press the other two into service which means that they will have be tackled.
This is what they looked like.....
Yes I know.
Even I am shocked and I live here.
In our defence, they probably look worse than they actually are. I spent an hour in the smallest bedroom today and have succeeded in clearing most of the 'stuff' out. Of course, as a consequence, there is now a pile of clothes and several boxes of departed offspring's belongings in two of the previously tidy rooms.
However, the pile of clothes is destined for the charity shop tomorrow, and later this week departed offspring will be commandeered to decide what of their stuff is to be kept and what is to be recycled/binned. At the same time they will be cajoled into boxing up stuff to be kept and lugging it up to the loft.
Two birds with one stone.
Other than that, the dining room is still full of the Christmas decorations empty boxes which need to be stored back in the small loft, before I can decorate the table.
So I'm working on the basis that 10 days is more than enough time to restore the house to a tidy, welcoming, cosy and fully festive condition.
I may live to regret that ........