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Every new year, as soon as the Christmas decorations have been packed away, I start on the annual declutter. So far furniture has been moved around in the lounge, wardrobes have been cleared of unwanted clothes and a plate rack has been bought to house some of the kitchen sideboard overspill. I have to admit that decluttering is not one of my favourite pastimes and I can always make excuses for not doing it, but when a cupboard or a room has had some magic worked on it I feel so much better.
At the weekend I ventured into Hanna's bedroom, which is something that I need to take a deep breath before doing. You see, she seems to have inherited the family 'hoarding' gene, something that has been passed down through generations of females in our family. My Mum is a huge hoarder, but she's lucky as she also possesses the tidy gene. Everything has a place and she knows exactly where that place is, whether it be a ribbon saved from a gift in 2001 or some bubble wrap that she's picked up on a visit to ours. I, on the other hand, like to keep things just in case they might come in handy one day. Unfortunately when that one day comes along I can't usually remember where I've put it. Thankfully I remembered where some small ingredient pots that I saved a year or so ago were, as they did come in very handy recently when Sam started cooking at school - what else would I have put 1 tsp of baking powder and 1 tbsp of olive oil in!
Hanna has definitely inherited the untidy hoarder gene, and she has drawers full of 'stuff' - what 12 year old keeps a stack of old tv guides next to her bed or uses a tissue box to keep pens in? She also has lots of trinkets which all have a little story behind them - she likes to call them her 'memories', whether it be a pencil or eraser bought on a school trip, or a shell or keyring from holiday.
There is a small desk next to her bed, but until recently it was cluttered with ornaments, papers and a disused tv and dvd player. I decided to clear the desk and make it into a place where she would want to sit to do her homework, rather than on the floor. I ventured into WHSmith to see what I could find to pretty up her desk and keep it organised.
Despite the downstairs of our local store not being particularly large, they have a really good selection of stationery and office supplies. There are loads of pretty themes but you really need to look around the whole shop to see everything as there are so many different displays and offers.
I found a small area towards the back of the store that had some items for half price, where I picked up a lovely set of drawers. Although one of the back corners of the drawers was damaged it wasn't in a place that was noticeable so I snatched up the bargain. I also found a magnetic wipe board, a half price magazine file, some pencils, a cupcake notebook and 3 for 2 on other stationery items. I noticed that the drawers had a 'buy one get one free' sticker on so I went back and picked up a Laura Ashley magazine file for myself, for free!
I couldn't wait to get everything home and set up the desk as I knew Hanna would love the items I chose, and all for a bargain price of £22 (including my freebie magazine file).
Decluttering and organising your home is often not as bad as you think, and it makes for a happier home. Do you plan to organise your home in 2015?