This week, as we remove the brittle Christmas tree and unwrap the garland from the staircase banister, most of us will resolve to clean for the new year.
The ambitious among us will invest in plastic bins and label makers. We will tackle the forgotten corners of our homes. We will tell ourselves this is the year to cut the wardrobe by half, donate old toys, clean under the refrigerator, dust the ceiling fans and finally wipe those baseboards.
If December is the month of excess, January is the month of stripping down and simplifying.