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The Cleaning Chronicles

“Enoughism.”

  Nice image. Looks peaceful doesn't it? Very clean. Sparse. This is about as minimal as you can get. But I doubt you'd be real popular with family and friends if they had to sit on the floor or were... Continue Reading →

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“The Cleaning Chronicles” #14: Nobody Said it Was Going to be Easy

It's true. And doing this has not been easy for me. It's strenuous, it's emotionally taxing and it is a complete reversal of what I was taught: being thrifty, not wasting anything. Reusing, saving, repurposing, hanging onto things in case... Continue Reading →

“The Cleaning Chronicles #13” Why Bother?

This is why. It's simple: It's about time. It's about space. It's about peace of mind. It's about getting it clean and orderly and getting more elbow room. It's about creating space for not only you but creating time for... Continue Reading →

“The Cleaning Chronicles #12” 1000 Pounds of Stuff

1000 pounds. That's a lot of stuff. At least it sounds that way. But I think it's easily achieved if I include the heavy items like furniture, pots, pans, tools, cast iron cookware, bags and bags of clothing, paper, glassware,... Continue Reading →

“The Cleaning Chronicles #11” Make it Work

Employing a sliding drawer in my pantry helped organize envelope-type food packages. Thinking "through" your space is crucial when you're reorganizing your home. It's all well and good to take everything out, clean the space and the stuff and then... Continue Reading →

“The Cleaning Chronicles #10” How Much is Enough?

Well? How much is enough? Easy enough question. But not many people have the answer. Bernie Madoff certainly didn't. And look where that got him. We are trained by the media to buy, buy, buy. We need that toaster oven, that pasta... Continue Reading →

“The Cleaning Chronicles #9” Contain Yourself

It gets hard. It gets boring. It's tiring. And you just don't want to do it. But at the end of the project, you'll realize that it was worth it. But in the middle of it, you might "hit the... Continue Reading →

“The Cleaning Chronicles #8” : I’d Rather Stick Needles in my Eyes

The top two shelves. Ackkkkk! I plan to edit, straighten and clean the food pantry today. And yes, I'd rather stick needles in my eyes. Formerly a coat closet, (I put shelves in as I don't have that many coats.)... Continue Reading →

“The Cleaning Chronicles #7” : Editing More Than My Words

I've been doing more than just editing my words these last ten days. I've been editing stuff out of my life. Stuff I don't need. Stuff I didn't even remember I had. Stuff I no longer wanted to be responsible... Continue Reading →

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