Do people even make resolutions anymore? I do and every year it’s the same - February rolls around and the resolution is summarily broken. But not this year! No, I’m sticking to it. Really, I promise.
This year I’m bound and determined to tackle the clutter in my home, specifically the closets. We moved into a new home in 2008 and instead of throwing away a majority of our junk, we packed up most of it and threw it into closets to address at a later, less hectic date.
You can scoff if you want to. It’s deserved.
These are closets, I might add, that were not made to hold our junk, or anyone else’s junk for that matter. They just weren’t designed for a family of pack rats, and let’s face it, families these days have a lot of stuff. Don’t even try to deny that. We’re no exception and it’s gotten to the point where I’m afraid to open some of our closets for fear of being buried under an avalanche of hats, mittens, board games and other assorted cast-offs of the unclassifiable variety.
My plan is three-pronged.
First, throw away, throw away, throw away! I promise to be lethal and unsentimental, which will be extremely hard for the woman who weeps over tossing outgrown baby socks.
Second, the closets will need to be redesigned. The current setup may have worked for the previous owners of this house but they don’t work for us. With apologies to Tim Gunn, I’m tired of making it work. There is a trip to Lowe’s in our future so I guess apologies to my husband are in order, too.
And third, I solemnly vow to keep the clutter under control. This will not be easy because, hello - baby socks. This means more trips to the consignment store to drop off outgrown childrens clothes and more posting to craigslist and Freecycle. In order to keep myself honest I’m going to pick a weekend at the beginning of every quarter to do a closet check. That way I’m hoping this resolution won’t be abandoned by the time St. Valentine makes an appearance with a cardboard mailbox full of preschool love notes that must be kept or so says my four year old hoarder in the making.
What’s your resolution for 2010?