Hope you all had a smashing start to 2012.
My New Year’s Day was pretty quiet. As I do almost every year I spent the day cleaning out closets. Something about the new year just makes me want to do that. Lord knows they needed it!
I don’t do the same ones every year so these were long overdue. Last year I did clothes closets so this time I switched to the hall and linen closets. Some years I just do drawers.
First thing when I got up I cleared the bathroom cabinets of old medicines, make up, nail polish and do-dads. Then I turned to the linen closet and discovered I had way too many towels still in use that were only fit to be “dog towels”. Same with sheets, way too many. Did I really need 9 sets of sheets for one bed? No wonder this closet was overflowing! Why, I haven’t been able to get that door to shut in ages.
And how many old shower curtains, pillow shams, and curtains did I really think I was going to use again?
Way too many apparently. I had a huge bag to donate!
Then downstairs to the hall closets. We have 2, a big oddly shaped one under the stairs and directly across from it the coat closet.
Well the coat closet floor was piled high with shoes. Honestly I have not seen that floor in more than a couple years. Once a shoe goes in there it’s considered out of play. Must have been better than 30 pair in there, along with a few oddballs. (I have a tough time throwing out the one good shoe that’s left after Sandy eats one of the pair. You just never know when you might only need one shoe, right?)
Happy to say that now the floor is clear of everything but a lonely pair of roller blades.
The stair closet had been the repository of tablecloths, cleaning stuff like the steamer, mop, duster, old irons, winter gloves and scarves, seasonal decorations, boxes from small appliances, empty shoeboxes, and at least 5 area rugs.
Why on earth was I saving those? They all had chewed up corners thanks to Sandy.
Lots of stuff was set aside for the rescue mission, and lots went out to the curb. Gasp, yes, I do actually throw some things away from time to time!
In the master bath I finally got around to installing a curved shower curtain rod I bought 2 summers ago. Don’t ask what I was waiting for….guess I thought I would remodel the bathroom before putting it up. I hung a shower curtain I had found in the linen closet- I had bought it on clearance last year and here it was, still in the bag- never used. Boy that curved rod really makes a difference when you’re in the shower!
Then I took down all the Christmas decor and put it away.
Aside from Poinsettia plants the house is “over” Christmas and somewhat de-cluttered for the new year!
This means I can officially ignore the rest of the clutter until next year.
What do you do on New Year’s Day?
Do you have any “start the year off right” traditions?