We don’t have this look yet, but I’m always optimistic.
I know, normally you think of clean up happening in the Spring, but I’ve learned to act whenever the cleaning up bug hits. Apparently, it has struck now. This is not like the flu bug and only has good affects. BTW, have you gotten your flu shot yet? I know some folks can’t, but it’s really worked for us. Even if we get the dreaded flu, it’s not as bad as it would’ve been without the shot. But I digress. We’re talking about cleaning up.
Those of you who follow this blog will remember that only a few days after we moved in to our lakehouse, I fell and broke my ankle rendering me out of commission for the next two months. My kids and Bob were great putting stuff places. It just wasn’t always where I thought it was best. So over time, I’ve been trying to rearrange.
Took this pic after I’d already removed stuff!
My writing closet has been on my todo list for months. I mean maybe 6 months. Yesterday, late in the day, it finally moved to the top of the list, and I began.
Beginning is good, you know. What’s that saying? A trip of a thousand miles begins with one step? Yeah, so yesterday, I took my first step. Part of the impetus is I’ve got some more print books and don’t want to have them sit in their boxes in my bedroom.
I don’t know how you do it, but I start by removing everything from wherever I’m cleaning out. Then go through and throw out, recycle, give away. This is such an emotional procedure. And may take many times of going through to decide I’m okay with getting rid of this. I haven’t seen or used in over a year—or whatever. I’m not sure the guru’s question, “Does this give me joy?” work for me, but the time factor definitely works. And our lakehouse cottage is small. I don’t even buy much in stores anymore, without figuring out what I’m going to get rid of. That helps, too.
My mother had a saying, “Out with the old to make room for the new.” She was good about throwing out. Must’ve have been all those years with my father traveling in the Air Force. We just weren’t able to keep much.
So, I’m not even midway into this process, but I wanted to share with you. I’ll post completed pics later, maybe in this month’s newsletter.
Stuff on the floor which gets in way of accessing the drawers.
Stuff is all over everywhere.
Clean before anything goes back in.
I haven’t even begun to go through all the pictures I found!
I’ve also been cleaning up my website and made some changes there. I’m unclear about how many people are following my blog. I’ve seen a very low number and a high number, so I have special plans to work on that in November. In the meantime, if you go to the bottom bottom right on this page, you’ll find a place to sign up to get this blog in your emails. I always post it on FB and Twitter and several groups I’m in, but I like getting email s for several of the blogs I follow. That way, I don’t miss them.
How do you handle cleaning up? Are you a Spring Person or an Anytime Person or Forget it Person? Can you share one of your successes? Failures can be instructive, too. 🙂 Love to hear from you.
If you’re in the Fort Worth area, I’ve got a book signing on November 3 at J. McLaughlin Dress shop on University at 3 pm. More info later.
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