Happy New Year

If I have a favourite day of the year I think it must be the 1st of January.

Being in possession of a short attention span, I enjoy turning over new leaves. I suppose you can do this on any day of the year, but it’s nicely symbolic that on the 1st of January you can put behind you all the disappointments, failures and frustrations of the previous year, and look forward to new opportunities, challenges and delights to come.

I’m also rather partial to making new year’s resolutions.

This year one of them is to declutter. I’m aiming to get rid of at least 365 items by 31 December. I was going to make it 2013 items, but I feel this might be a tad ambitious. Even 365 might be a struggle.

Each of these 365 items must be something that can be passed on to someone else, donated to charity or recycled in some way (empty sweetie wrappers, nail clippings and used teabags don’t count).

When I told my sister about this plan she was delighted because when I get rid of things I normally pass them on to her, and she will take just about anything. The only thing I can remember her turning down was the inside cardboard tube from a roll of wrapping paper, because she said she had too many already.

I hope the coming year holds lots of nice surprises for you, many tasty morsels and a multiplicity of joyful moments.

Happy New Year!


57 thoughts on “Happy New Year

  1. And a happy New Year to you also. Decluttering is the stuff of nightmares and I engage in daily struggles with all those items which fill your house and take over your life.Just watch the hoarders programme and it makes you feel a little better.

    • Thank you Sandra, I have seen those programmes and you’re right, they do make me feel better, although I’m orry for the poor souls swimming in all that stuff. It is a daily struggle, not becoming engulfed in things you don’t need, I long for more simplicity although whether I can achieve it or not only time will tell….I’ll give it a good go anyway.

  2. I laughed at this post, partly because you are a funny lady and partly because it hits so close to home. i agree that 365 is much more manageable than 2013. all the best to you Lorna and i wish you a very wonderful 2013.

  3. Hi Lorna, Avery merry Christmas and happy new year to you. I think your project sounds like an amazing venture which can bring joy to a lot of folks. Out with the old and in with the new! No doubt you’re cocooned in some lovely warmth and tasty things to eat as the weather grows cooler and hopefully more cozy. Wishing you a wonderful holiday 🙂

    • Thank you Alice, yes, trying to stay cosy with the thick frost outside – the opposite of your weather, I imagine! A very happy new year to you too and, by the way, you were my top commenter in 2012 so thank you very much for your support! 🙂

      • Sounds perfectly ideal, it’s 30+, sunny and bright here, but I’m thinking roasting chestnuts and open log fires could be equally pleasant too! It was quite cool in the evenings (in Hong Kong) but pleasantly so. Likewise regarding the blog, you are y top commenter and recipe tester too 😉 I promise to keep plying you with lots of yummy noms in 2013!

  4. A very Happy New Year to you too, Lorna! What an excellent plan. I’m also de-cluttering this morning, if housework counts in that category! I love the sheep cartoon! It made me laugh that your sister keeps everything – pretty much what Colin does, although he did turn out a drawer full of old electrical plugs and wires yesterday and he might actually have thrown SOME of them out. 365 seems like a large number of items to me, so good luck and every sweet wrapper counts!

    • Good for you Jo! There wouldn’t be enough of a challenge if I included sweet wrappers, although in fact my sister will take them (I should point out that she runs a nursery and uses junk with the children to do gluings and whatnot). I understand the mentality that you should keep everything in case it comes in handy one day, and that as soon as you throw it out you find you need it. However, I think I belong to the other sort of group, those who throw things out and then rely on the squirrels for their stashes of useful items. There must be a happy balance somewhere….

  5. I love your idea–but from the looks of my house my goal really should be 2013! Happy New Year and good luck with your resolution–I love the sheep–set realistic goals that are achievable–here is one I know I can do: eat chocolate

    • I applaud your spirit Kat! I think the only way for me to be sure that I make considerable inroads into the decluttering business is to keep a note of what I get rid of, so that I can look back and feel I’ve achieved something at the end of the year. I say this now, but who knows if I’ll carry it out properly for a whole year?

  6. A worthy goal, Lorna! I’m planning on the same. Have realized that I don’t NEED so much of what I have – – heck, I haven’t even looked at some of the clothes I have stored away in boxes. Best of luck to you and Happy New Year, my friend!

    • Ah yes, Annie, I have the same thing, boxes full of I don’t even know what. The only problem with looking through old boxes is that you get pleasant surprises and find you do actually want to keep something you’d completely forgotten you had. My sister, although really quite a hoarder, once threw out a box of stuff she’d had in her house that she hadn’t looked at for years, without even opening it to find out what was in it. Her thinking was that if she hadn’t needed it all that time she didn’t need it at all. My only concern about this is that I gave her, and my parents, some stuff of mine to store while I was away for a while and mysteriously some of my belongings have never reappeared…..If she did throw them out she probably did me a favour, it’s good to let go of things, I think.

  7. Love this idea of 365 items. My resolution is to declutter too, but I hadn’t thought about it in quite those terms – maybe I should. Good luck and Happy New Year

  8. Happy New Year, Lorna, and thank you for your entertaining and inspiring post. I have the inside cardboard tube from a roll of paper towels sitting on my countertop right now, waiting for me to decide what to do with it. Are you sure your sis doesn’t want it?

  9. What a great New Years post! I too love January 1. A new slate!. I also like to review my goals from the last year ans see how I did. I did everything on my list except de-clutter so perhaps I need to move it to the top of this year’s list. I like the 365 items idea. I think you may have started a trend. All the best for a fabulous New Year Lorna!!

    • Thank you Darlene, and congratulations on achieving so many goals, I hope you can do a bit of decluttering this year, too. I think it leaves you feeling quite good about life, a little lighter perhaps.

  10. That’s an excellent New Year’s resolution. Decluttering and organizing are two of my favorite things to do — it feels so good to get rid of stuff I don’t need. It feels even better when it’s ended up with someone else who can truly appreciate and use it. I’m sure we’ll be getting progress reports from time to time; I’m looking forward to them. Happy New Year! — Lucinda xo

    • Thank you Lucinda. I’m reminded of your excellent organisation with the teacups in their sectioned boxes, and can only dream of being that well organised myself. I was wondering about detailing my progress, and you’re right that I probably will, although I promise to spare you the details of all 365 objects! 🙂 xo

  11. I am truly looking forward to an update (weekly, perhaps?) on what you have managed to get rid of each week, and who was on the receiving end. 🙂 Happy new year to you! xo

    • Thank you very much, that’s an idea, although I’m not sure if I’d manage it weekly. I don’t want to bore you to death either, with details of every vest and CD that gets the boot. 🙂

      • I don’t think it would be boring at all! I think we readers would love to hear about it. And perhaps with a bit of a story to the occasional item, too. 😀

        • My only slight problem might be if I give away something someone gave me and they read about me giving it away. Might not be quite cricket, that. However, I will doubtless bring you updates in one form or another, thank you for your interest in my little project. 🙂

          • Hahaha I have heard funny stories about that – one even recently by a blogger I follow. His mum was given a scarf for a gift, and she eventually sent it to an op shop because she never used it. Then someone bought it for her and gave it to her as a gift. again. (everyone was buying everyone else op shop items for that particular christmas). Too funny. Another story was of a plate that was brought back as a gift from overseas. The giver saw it in an op shop and bought it (again) for the original recipient as a huge joke. So funny!

  12. Happy New Year to you Lorna…here’s to an awesome 2013! Love your resolution…seems absolutely “doable” while you see visible progress. Nice you have such an agreeable sister to take on your “stuff.”

  13. Happy New Year Lorna. I love your idea of decluttering 365 items during the year. I think I will join you on this one. I just need to remember to record what I declutter!

    • Hurrah! I’ve started a numbered list of the items, just for my own records really, but it lets me see I’m starting to make a bit of progress. I look forward to hearing how your decluttering goes.

  14. Happy New Year!

    Great idea. I did this for just 40 days last year for Lent and found it very therapeutic and surprisingly easy to do once I’d got started. I recommend it!

    Keep us posted on how you get on.

  15. Hello Lorna, this made me laugh! Does your sister live in a warehouse?

    BTW Hats off to you for making sure everything you jettison will be reused or recycled. That’s a very good plan.

    • Your comment made me laugh! She doesn’t live in a warehouse but she does store things at work as well as at home. She runs the nursery of a village school and is an absolute genius at reusing and recycling things with the nursery children. They seem to make use of all manner of bits of junk, it’s one of these eco-schools that has an emphasis on environmental things.

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