Back in May, 2010, I went mad about the place and cleared and decluttered and re-jigged in the vain attempt to be organised for going back to work. You can read about my attempts here.
Over the past 7-8 months, I have noted the creep, creep, creep of accumulated junk around the place. Piles of paper on the desk that need 'filing'. Cupboards that are straining to close. Bits of broken toys waiting to be fixed. Piles of books that haven't made their way back to the bookshelf (funny that they don't do it on their own). Piles of clean washing waiting to be folded. Recipes that have been printed and left on the recipe stand. And still nowhere specific to put things like keys, wallets, and mobile phones.
My 'household organiser' that I painstakingly made with sections for family, home, school, money etc has barely been touched (although it does make me feel organised!).
All in all an epic fail.
So I started again this year. Did a couple of days after Fiji and before camping. Did a few hours here and there each day. I've tackled the linen press, the toy cupboard, the pantry, the desk, and the filing cabinet. I have cleared 8 garbage bags of donations to the charity shop and the equivalent into the garbage bin (not great for landfill I know).
There isn't a broken toy in this house.
There isn't a double bed sheet (which I have held on to for oh, about 15 years).
There isn't a single size 1 or under piece of clothing.
Every recipe is filed away.
There are significantly fewer stuffed toys, picture books, and children's shoes.
There are additional shelves in my pantry and I can actually see things at the back.
There is only one pile of papers awaiting 'filing' (and about a tree-worth in the recycling bin).
The sentimental 'baby' stuff has been culled and the children's 'baby' books are mostly complete.
My household binder is now a thing of beauty that I am actually using.
The address book I bougtht 2 years ago to replace the one that has been falling apart has actually been written in.
You can see the bottom of my dining room table and there is hope that I can relocate the computer paraphenalia and reclaim the dining room.
The boys' bedroom has been rearranged and is at its functional best.
Declutter fest 2011 has been far more productive than 2010 was.
If only I can keep the momentum and finish the job this time!
What household organisation have you been tackling?