I knew that adding a Christmas tree would tip our clutter level into Hoarder Zone, so before I brought in the tree I de-cluttered. I did it just so I could stand in the house for a moment and have a pretty Christmas before it became swamped with games and baking supplies and gift assembly.
So here it is.
And it is a lie. Because I knew it was fleeting, and because I knew I could get that satisfaction from just standing in one corner, I arranged the room so that I couldn't see the other corners: the ones where I stowed all the junk. Follow the red arrows to see the hidden shame of:
The hearth, where I stashed the gifts and Gary's Exercise Ball / Footstool:
The dirty microwave, where I put the baking supplies that would have cluttered up my tidy pantry:
And the top of the refrigerator, where we keep All Of The Carbohydrates. Oh, all right, that isn't a stash, that's actually where we keep all the carbs all the time.