But today was the day all that was going to change! I'd had lots of good intentions of using the Flylady system of tackling it 15 minutes at a time, but after putting it off for a couple of weeks I decided to take the bull by the horns and just empty the cupboard. It wouldn't take that long to sort it all out and put it back, surely!
I dragged everything out of the cupboard, avoiding injury, and dumped it all in the hall along with another pile of stuff that needed a new home. The cupboard looked great!
Then I turned round to look at the hall and surveyed just what I was dealing with. Oh dear.
By the time I went to pick small daughter up from school, it was looking a little better ...
And then - hallelujah! - at 10.30pm, I finally finished! A box to go into the attic, a bag for the bin and a washing basket full of paper for recycling.
This is what's gone back into my cupboard - hardly anything at all! I do feel very pleased with myself, I have to say - I found a building society account book of big daughter's that we thought we'd lost about three years ago, a bank paying-in book that I'd misplaced, umpteen school photos of my girls that I'd completely forgotten about ... and I've put them all away where they belong.
Am I sorry I got everything out in one go? Well, a little, to be honest. These things always turn into bigger jobs than you think. But am I pleased with the results? Oh, you bet I am! I just have to try not to get to the point where I'm doing it all again in a year's time!