If there's one resolution I'm going to persist with in 2013 it's simplifying my life. Every second woman I meet seems to have this on her to-do list too (how did we all get so busy?), and it's not as simple as it sounds. So I'm starting, belatedly, with the fun bits first: fashion and beauty. Time to simplify the choices. Declutter, reduce and edit, edit, edit!
Colette Werden, image specialist at the venerable Suzan Johnston Training Organization, says we wear 20 per cent of the clothes in our wardrobe 80 per cent of the time. In other words, most of it could go. How often have you opened your bulging closet and found you haven't got anything to wear? You're not being peevish or precious - it is true. Most of the stuff in there, however much it cost, either doesn't fit, doesn't go with anything else, is of an unflattering colour or shape or from another era in your life. Or, it's aspirational - as in ''well, I might need that full-length evening gown one day''.
The same may be true of your bathroom cupboard. How many half-used jars of face cream, dried our deodorant sticks and not-quite-right lipstick shades are in there? When I open the cupboard above the sink, hair products land on my head. I've got a shelf of curl balms, mousses, serums, texturisers and old-school hairsprays competing for space with six types of sunscreen (water-resistant, tinted for face, the one I use only on my decolletage, etc). Why so many? Well, my hair might need beach salt texture one day. Or a slicked look. Or major volumising. Better not get rid of them...
Well, I am. Not the sunscreens - I really do use them all - but all the hair stuff. I'm going to leave the two products I actually do use every day - a Redken mousse for root boost on wet hair before blowdrying and a KMS balm for a bit of reassuring structure afterwards. Simple.
No one needs four types of cleanser (me). Or five variations of mauve eye shadow (me again). Or five half-empty bottles of shampoo (all of us). These just make getting ready a more laboured process.
Werden works in television and has to be able to look her best at short notice. She also loves clothes. But she has reduced her wardrobe to capsule size, where every item works hard and works with just about everything else. ''Then you don't have to think about it. You can just open the cupboard and know that what you bring out is going to be something you really love and something that you look really good in.'' The trick is to get rid of any item that doesn't meet this remit. The same applies to beauty products. Time to get strict and get rid of the dross.
How many pieces of make-up do you suspect you own? Chances are more than you use every day. What's your downfall - your go-to item that you have a weakness for and therefore have far too many of? Mine's eye makeup - all types. Maybe for you it's moisturisers. Or, ahem, hair products.
How bulging are your bathroom cupboards? And have you, like me, got to the stage where you're ready to simplify that?