Afterwards, I felt inspired to get rid of some of the clutter in the kitchen, so I went out and bought some of those collapsable plastic boxes in a colour to match the orange of my kitchen lino, or near enough, and filling them with all sorts of odds and ends that a kitchen invariably seems to accumulate (mostly tupperware containers and egg timers and stuff), stacked them neatly along the wall...and then I could finally scrub down the work surface and the shelves. The space could do with a lick of paint as well, I've noticed, but I don't think I'll get around to it today.
Having sorted out the kitchen, I moved into the bedroom where my wardrobe needed another Trinny&Susanna action. I took out all my clothes and dumped them on the bed; then I cast a critical eye over each and every item. Clothes that were no longer fashionable, that I'd kept because of the memories (some dating back to the mid-80s) were all binned, as were those that even if they could have survived this round, if they no longer fit comfortably (and yes, I have put on a pound or two over the holiday season!), out they went. I've also done away with all the things I've bought and never ever worn...do other people make that same mistake, I wonder?
Now all that remains is to try and hang that painting that's been stood against the wall for the last 2 years, do a bit of grocery shopping, and perhaps get myself that bucket of emulsion and a roller, and attack those kitchen walls.
ETA: Just finished clearing out the cellar, too, in time for tomorrow's bin collection. My, a person can collect a lot of junk over an 8-year stretch! Half the stuff that was in there, I didn't even know I had. I certainly never missed it, so...out it goes! My NYR: to de-clutter more often.