It’s a new year with lots of possibilities just around the corner. I love to start off the new year with things a little more organized than they were the last hectic weeks of December. My goal is to try to simplify, simplify, simplify…..we’ll see how successful I am at this! Today I worked in our home office to try to make it a little easier to actually sit down and get some work done. Things look much better, now I just have to start shredding the four boxes of paper which were stashed in the corner for the last few months by my DH.
I love to clear out the clutter, unfortunately I am married to a man who believes in hanging on to each and every thing he ever owned. Don’t get me started on the fact that he still has the leather outfit from his Davy Crockett doll which he had as a child (FYI the Davy Crockett doll is no where to be seen.) We also won’t mention the deer antlers that we have in the garage mounted on a piece of plywood, but not hanging up, which were given to him by an acquaintance when he was a child, or the ziplock bag stashed in the closet that contains old childhood memorabilia. Keep in mind, he did not kill the deer, but for some reason has a difficult time letting them go. His idea of organizing is moving everything to a more consolidated position and not getting rid of much. My idea, on the other hand, is to sort, toss, and donate as much as possible. Just because it was given to you doesn’t mean that you are obligated to keep it for the rest of your life. I’m sure there is someone out there who would love the bobble-hipped hula dancer or the cute little statue dressed in aquamarine flowing robes to represent your birth month. I love the look of an empty space on the bookshelf and don’t feel the need to have every little space occupied.
My sewing room on the other hand, is a different story. No matter how hard I try to keep things neat and orderly, it is virtually impossible. I simply chalk this up to the fact that you can’t be creative and neat at the same time.
I learned a long time ago not to make New Year’s resolutions. My goal, however, is to try to weed out more of the junk that seems to be taking up too much space. It used to be a little easier to get rid of things when we moved every three years with the Air Force. However, living in the same house for ten years has certainly taken its toll.
Here’s to hoping you accomplish your new goals in the new year too!