Monday, January 5, 2015
My goals for 2015: the year of no clutter
Well, it's now the 5th of January so it took me some time to write this, but I assure you I have been busy anyway.
This year, instead of a long list of resolutions, half of which remain unaccomplished by December 31st, I have decided to have just one goal: 2015 will be the year of no clutter in our house.
We have a big house, but our closets are full of stuff. After a while, I can't even remember what is stored in there. So I have decided that I'm going to go through all our closets and sort out things. Some will be upcycled, others will be sold or donated. But I want to end 2015 with a lot less clutter.
I have even started before the end of 2014, with my book collection. I'm an avid reader. Pre-kids I could easily read 2 to 3 books a week and even now I still read a lot, on the train to and from work, and at night, when everyone else is asleep. After a while, books start to pile up. So I have decided to go digital.
I have now the free Kindle app on my iPad and the Kindle for PC reader installed and I'm working on downloading all those books that I really enjoyed and will probably want to re-read in the future. I will not be buying any more paper books except on special occasions. For now I'm just keeping the old books I've inherited from my grandfather, those that I received as gifts and some of my childhood/teen books because my kids can still enjoy them. All other physical books I own now are going away.
Right now my home office is full of piles of books already selected to be discarded. Some of them I will be selling as used books, the rest will just be donated. It will probably be some time before everything is done, but I'm already seeing some shelf room released, which is good.
My 2015 clutter free resolution will also bring on a lot of reuse and upcycle projects as I move though our closets sorting out things. The first of these projects is a simple sweater makeover that I started right after the beginning of the year and is almost finished, so I expect to post about it later today. Stay tuned!