One of the things I really want to focus on next year is decluttering our house. It's odd really.....when I worked as a secretary, I was quite scarily organised - my desktop was completely uncluttered, the drawers, desk trays, in/out boxes, even stationary pot and tray were ruthlessly tidy. Everything was organised and in its rightful place. Files were in strict order, even the contents of the files were neat and in proper order. I was quite OCD about it all actually.
But I'm not like that at home. I AM organised.....sort of - but it's a kind of organised chaos. If we need to lay our hands on a particular piece of paper, e.g., I generally know where it can be found....but it'll be in a pile of other paperwork in a certain section of the desk/filing cabinet, which means I have to spend half an hour sorting through the pile before I can get hold of the relevant thing.
It's the same with clothes, cook books (I have a bit of a thing for those), kitchen equipment and other stuff. I guess the trouble is, when we acquire something new, we don't automatically throw out the old, or at least put it away somewhere else, like the loft or the shed.
I do have a bit of a declutter every few weeks, but have hoarder tendencies (inherited from my mother, I think.....although she's far worse). Well, I need to curb that, before it gets any worse - I'd hate to think that relatives would have a nightmare house crammed with stuff to sort through and get rid of when we pop our clogs.
So I want to be quite ruthless in decluttering, and train myself to practise the 'one thing in, one thing out' philosophy. Wish me luck!!