The new year is a time for reflection, a time to evaluate your life and see where there are areas for improvement. I can pretend that me and my life are perfect, but that’s just foolishness. There’s a good reason I’ve checked out a book on personal organization–it’s one of my shortfalls.
While Sweet Miss has called me and the MR freakishly neat, I think she’s confused. The MR is an energetic, organized, determined fellow, and a little of that has rubbed off on me over the last 25 years. That being said, this year, I’m going to start conquering the clutter bit by bit.
My first area of attack was the office. Somehow it has become one of my catch-alls. Those long penny-covered counters just cry out to me, “Let me hold your junk.” And I have shamelessly caved. Maybe it all began when Cocoa started running off with my knitting. The basket wasn’t safe on the floor, so I had to put it on the counter. Next thing you know, it’s knitting books, yarn, a box full of projects, and papers all spread out on the counter.
And then all those papers that I was going to get to later stacked up in the in basket.
And the clutter just grew and grew spreading rampantly across the space. All it takes is a little restraint and a little determination. It’s not like I don’t have a ton of cupboard space; if I’ve filled those up, then goodness Kim it’s time to get rid of some junk. So I put on my big girl panties, sorted, recycled, and put my stuff away.
Doesn’t it look so deliciously clean and tidy? The pictures gleam, the counters shine, and I can breathe once more.
I spent the afternoon going through piles of papers to achieve those barren counters.
Don’t worry lest you fear I have nothing else to do. The desk in the kitchen is even worse.
Perhaps I should just stop getting the mail. It’s a never ending cycle–papers in, papers out.
Since you were kind enough to bear with my clutter, I thought I’d share this lovely sunset with you. That’s one of the great things about this time of year; while I moan and groan about the short days, when the sunrises just before 8 am, I’m awake to see it. And when the sun sets before 5 pm, I’m not caught up making dinner, so I get to enjoy it just that much more.
Did you make any new year’s resolutions? How do you conquer the clutter?