It’s the last day of the year – woohoo! Time to throw out all the old stuff you don’t need any more and make space for lovely new things to come in. For me, that means clearing out my study. For you, it might mean… brace yourself… tidying your bedroom!
I’ll be hauling all my folders and files off the shelves and having a good read through them. Notes and manuscripts I haven’t looked at for a while will be going in the bin-bag. Ditto pens that don’t work any more, dried-up pritt sticks and that mountain of scrap paper gently composting on the end of my table.
I’ll be going through my bookshelves. Books I’ve read and probably won’t read again will be going in the charity-shop bag. So will ornaments and pictures I’ve got bored of.
There will be dust. There may be spiders. But I will be intrepid, because if you want gorgeous things to come in, you have to make space for them.
It’s not just about the physical objects. Clearing old notes and files means letting go of stale ideas and freeing your mind up to think about brand new ones.
As well as work stuff, I’ll also be pondering what I could clear out of my leisure-time to make space for new activities or more time with my friends. That may mean less TV and twitter!
Whether it’s your cupboards, your mind or your social life, a good clear-out means new stuff can come in. So say good-bye to that dear old sweater which used to be lovely but doesn’t fit any more… and good-bye, that favourite book the dog chewed the corners off… au revoir, that so-called friend who isn’t actually very nice to you…
Farewell, 2011… and hello, 2012