Saturday, December 31, 2011

Some Thoughts on the New Year: Decluttering (Yawn!)

I don't know about you, but I never make New Year's resolutions. I have enough failures upon which to ruminate should I so desire; why add to the list?

However, I do like to contemplate fresh starts, clean starts, if you will. And in that spirit, I've been hard at work here at home. The first order of business: our study.

Command Central: the computer and desk 

When one begins a large project, say, the cleaning out and reorganization of one's study (schoolroom, kitchen, closet, etc.), one often begins with energy, vigor, and enthusiasm. Here's a tip for you: keep at it until the job is complete. I had to break up my study reorg over three days. Day Two found me standing amidst piles of stuff, looking disconsolately around me, and wondering where to begin. I didn't have near the verve of Day One. And by Day Three. . . . You get the picture. It was depressing and robbed me of a portion of joy I should have had at the completion of this Herculean task.

The storage shelves were so cluttered, the girls had resorted to keeping their supplies on the floor. 

So. No matter how onerous, boring, or just plain yucky the task may be, throw yourself into the job and get 'er done. That's my decluttering advice.

Our art supplies chest and my bookshelves

I thoroughly cleaned out and reorganized our art supplies chest. In fact, I amassed a nice box or new and nearly new craft items that we don't use (or won't use anymore) and have listed it on Craig's List for free.

The girls' bedrooms are on today's list. I'm sure you can imagine how thrilled they are at the thought. But I am standing firm. Their rooms, which are small to begin with, now boast of a small path leading from door to bed. Every other surface -- remaining floor, bookshelves, dressers, chests, bedside tables -- is covered with all manner of things. Miss Priss, who readily admits to slobbery (if that's not a real word, it should be), happily walks on top of discarded clothes, shoes, quilts, and other sundry items that litter her floor.

Now, it's a well-known fact that I have a high tolerance for clutter. But even I cannot stand another moment.

It's the New Year. Time for a fresh, clean start.


  1. Oh. Now you've gone and done it. Sigh. This means I am now looking around at the mess that I call my classroom and dining room. Hmm perhaps I *can* organize some of it... Maybe tomorrow or Monday ;)
    Have a nice New Year (I'll be awake for another, I hope, exactly 3 hours and 34 minutes)!

  2. Oh, you are a good girl! Maybe you can inspire me too...

  3. I'm right with you on the urge to tidy and have a fresh start. The "path through the room" phenomenon is in evidence in my daughter's room, but even she has been talking about tidying up!

    A very Happy New Year to you and your family!

  4. I have been on a borderline-psychotic decluttering spree. We pulled EVERYTHING out of the master bedroom closet & hubby installed new shelving, and I've put it all back together, minus a gazillion or so bags of things to donate. I've totally reorganized the kitchen pantry, and and I'm getting rid of at least 12 bags of kitchen stuff (Goodwill trip today or tomorrow!) We transformed a storage room into hubby's new home office, complete with painting the room, new shelving and organization, etc. I'm working on my sewing area and moving my own computer desk/office area today.

    I'm telling you, borderline psychotic. And I'm loving it! ;)


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