Thursday, 5 January 2012

My 2012

Hello 2012, welcome to my world.

This year I am not going to let you fly past and complain that time is moving too quickly.
I'm taking charge!

2012 - I have decided that you are my year for taking control and getting organised.
(Sounds a bit dramatic when I write it down doesn't it?)

What I mean is that this is the year that I get on with those jobs that I always say I'd like to do
if I had the time...

Well I do have the time - I can make the time.

Don't make me call this a resolution (that's way too serious).

Let's start with that study cupboard - you know the one.
The cupboard that was a store for books that became the place to dump.
Yes, all that art stuff, the box of birthday cards, the wrapping paper, the spare cables,
the sewing machine, the empty boxes to keep 'just in case'....
It's time to go....everything will have its place.

Then there's that kitchen drawer.
We all have one....full of broken pencils and empty biros,
 batteries and odd coins from another country.
Yep, off you all go...

Just let me loose on the Tupperware drawer - how many sandwich boxes does a family of three need?

Next up - wardrobes (actually I'll need some serious strength before I go there...but it will be done!)

So you get the picture?

2012 is the year for de-clutter.
The year of simplifying and pairing back all the stuff that I seemed to have filled my home with.

What's that William Morris quote?
Something like if it's not useful or beautiful chuck it?
(It's probably a bit more eloquent than that!)

I do believe that getting organised and getting rid of unwanted clutter is the most common new year resolution (even though I'm not calling it that remember)

I don't usually get too influenced by what others have to say
but the little that I have read of Peter Walsh
and his hints and tips for getting organised seems to make sense.
Granted it's mainly common sense, but it's a good motivator and starting point.
website link here
I have warned the other two that I am on a mission here.
As I type Neil is on hands and knees in the study sorting out some filing - result!

A place for everything and everything in its place
- this will be our 2012 family motto and mantra. where did I put those car keys?!

7 Comments and thoughts:

  1. Oh Beth, all power to you, my friend! I totally agree with you - that last saying has always been so important to me and something I'm trying to teach the pixies. Hence the past few mad days of completing The Great Unpack and then undertaking The Huge Cull and Sorting Out Affair ☺. Keep on keeping on! J x

    PS The quotation is 'Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.'

  2. My mantra is also a place for everything and everything in its place - just a shame I can't persuade anyone else in this house to conform!! I feel like I'm continuously sorting out clutter: like that kitchen drawer because I KNOW that's where the sellotape lives, and that's where I put it! I keep deluding myself that if the drawer is re-organised it will stay that way.
    Hope you have more success!

  3. I think I could do well to take a leaf out of your book Beth...I tend to keep ignoring our growing clutter in the hopes that it will disappear.
    Here's to simplifying and being free of 'stuff'

  4. I'm on the same wavelength as you! Instead of New Years Resolutions, I did a To Do List instead. And I'm rearing to go. As soon as school starts again next month ;-)

  5. I like your version of the William Morris quote!

  6. I so want to be organized! Thanks for the Peter Walsh link, I will check it out. Good luck with your 'intentions', but I don't think it will be a problem to you. I actually started 'chucking out' before Christmas, but I have a lot more to do. Have a great weekend, love Linda x

  7. Happy New Year Beth! That is a brilliant resolution-without-being-a-resolution... very achievable and rewarding. Hope you're enjoying the holidays. gxo