All this month I am participating in the A to Z Challenge. Today's letter is...
Today I gave in to the urge and started spring cleaning. To be absolutely truthful, I lost one of my hearing aids in the pile on the table next to my chair and decided that it was time to tackle the clutter. When I didn't find the aid after clearing off the table, I was ready to expand the search area to the vacuum cleaner bag in case I had sucked it up in a brief cleaning frenzy. Fortunately the spouse found it under the coffee table. Whew! The pair of hearing aids was $6,000.00!!! I don't have an extra $3,000.00 around to replace a lost one. Tragedy averted!
So, I had one small clutter-free area in my living room and I was encouraged to continue. Right next to my chair sits a basket that holds my reading material.
It's a big basket. I hadn't gotten around to reading that Oprah magazine on top of the pile. Notice the banner that reads, "De-Clutter Your Life 2014!" In fact, I hadn't read most of the magazines in that basket. I filled a tote bag with magazines to drop off at the library's recycle reading box; some of them were from 2011. I still have a full basket, but all this month I'll take at least one tote bag a week to the library. I'm going to work my way through the bookcases this evening as I watch The Voice. Books I recycle through paperbackswap.com.
The dust bunnies are gone and even the baseboards have been cleaned. Now there is one relatively clutter-free zone in this house. Tomorrow I'm going to declutter the utility room and pantry. I'll probably have to slay some spiders in there.
...and the spouse will start putting up the sheetrock in the bathroom and fill the house with dust.