Yup, you guessed it. This is the time of year wherein many people make a New Year's resolution. Now, we all know there is nothing magical about making such a resolution. Many resolutions we make are utterly forgettable and within months...or weeks.. or even days, we have forgotten them.
The urge is very normal, and even commendable. Most resolutions focus on some aspect of self-improvement. We vow to do something to make ourselves better--lose weight, exercise more, have lunch with friends more frequently, write more, read more, etc. The list goes on. And all those goals we set are worthy.
But we also know how easy it is to forget. To say--well, just for today, I don't need to ____. (Fill in the blank.) And, next thing you know, the resolution falls discarded by the wayside. Give us eleven months and we will revisit the ritual. Make resolution, implement resolution, forget resolution, regret resolution, revive resolution. It takes about 12 months for this process to work out.
So, this year, I decided--only ONE resolution. And the title gives it away: de-clutter. My solemn resolution is one drawer at a time, one closet, one corner, one room--one whatever. Just to slowly and surely go through "things" and decide what can be given away (Freecycle), what can be donated (Goodwill or Salvation Army), what should be given to our children (heirlooms...), and what should be placed in the trash.
Considering the amount of stuff we have, this process SHOULD take me a year. Oh, and for inspiration, I have already watched George Carlin's classic routine on STUFF. He nails it--we get stuff, then we need a bigger place to store our stuff, then we need more stuff to fill the bigger space.
This persistent drive toward acquisition is one of the themes I have returned to several times: here, and here for example. In the second link, I talk about giving items...OK, stuff...to Freecycle. At the time I wrote that (2008), I counted that we had given away 140 items. The count today stands at over 300 items.
So, de-cluttering? You bet. Should take me all year.