With so much happening this year (and so much I want to make happen) I've been determined to kick 2012 off with a clean, organised, focussed start. From my blog reading it seems I'm not the only one - there's a lot of de-cluttering going on out there!
Here's what I've been up to:
First up, I spent an entire day cleaning up my appallingly over stuffed inbox. I deleted thousands of old emails and switched my interface from Yahoo to Mac Mail (everyone said I wouldn't be able to do it with a free Yahoo account, but it's working fine). I've set up a bunch of 'rules' so that all those pesky not-so-important emails are automatically filed, so I can deal with them when I have a bit of spare time. My Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter notifications automatically go into a 'Social Media' folder, and my blog subscriptions automatically go into a 'Blogs to Read' folder. All of which means I've been able to get my inbox under double figures for the first time in years, and I've kept it that way since the clean up too. Such a good feeling.
Next, after some not so gentle persuasion from my horrified husband, I finally tackled the mess that is my craft storage area. There's a tiny space tacked on to my office which is meant to be a drying room, but I've filled it with shelving and have been dumping all manner of things in there for the past two years.
It took two solid days of sorting and throwing out, but here's what it looks like now:
Ferdi helped clean up...
Lastly, I've set myself two simple rules to help de-clutter (and to avoid future clutter). If I purchase any new item of clothing I have to clear something out of my wardrobe and bin it, sell it, or give it away. And if I buy a new magazine, I have to get rid of two magazines from the giant Tower of Publications. Manageable goals which make the whole thing less overwhelming, and they'll make a big difference over time.
Are you getting organised in 2012? I'd love to hear how you're tackling it if you are!