What? It's already the second week of the New Year?! How can that be? My Christmas decorations are still up. And I'm still enjoying them.
Clearly, I'm running behind. For the past month, other than the holidays, I've been focused on revisions, which are due shortly on my second Heartwarming book, and I've definitely lost track of time.
So far, after work hours, I've managed only baby steps with my lone New Year's resolution for 2015: To clear out all the junk in my house. I moved here almost thirteen years ago, and then I had extra closets, empty drawers and cupboards galore to fill. Since then my belongings seem to have bred and multiplied and grown until now those same closets, etc. are filled to overflowing. Sound at all familiar? I bet it does. This year, I decided, would be a good one to cut down on things, even prepare to downsize, that is, someday.
To help me get started, I'm reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. Tidying is her term for sorting and organizing one's belongings by category and, in the process, one's life. This, her theory goes, leads to greater happiness and joy. This book showed up at just the right time with some good ideas and has given me a place to begin soon. With my clothes. In Kondo's view that's the easiest category to sort and, for many pieces of clothing, to discard.
In the meantime those revisions on the new book have to be finished. And they almost are. I've cut a couple of scenes that didn't really go anywhere and generally tightened the rest of the story. That's a kind of tidying up too. Isn't it?
How do you deal with all those belongings we tend to acquire? And have to store? Do you clean closets twice a year in spring and fall? Or wait (as I have) until there's no space left? Please leave a comment, even a tip or two of your own.
Happy tidying up! And Happy New Year.