The weather may still be cold in most of the country, but here in Arizona we are beginning our spring season, which, of course, brings thoughts of spring-cleaning. Yes, that time honored tradition of deep cleaning that every house desperately needs after a long (or in our case here in AZ not quite so long) winter season.
It is no surprise to anyone who knows me that I am not very good at cleaning. I like to describe myself as domestically impaired, so this whole spring-cleaning craze is very stressful. I want a nice clean house; I just hate having to do the actual work to get there.
One of my big challenges is the amount of clutter that seems to accumulate everywhere. Everywhere I look there are piles of books I plan to read, a drawer stuffed with bills, receipts & important paperwork, another pile of notes and ideas for writing, a random pile of clothing items that I need to repair (and yes, domestically impaired includes sewing).
My daughter teases me about being a pack rat – so I am trying to ‘get rid’ of some things, but how do you choose what to keep and which ones to throw in the trash. I really am trying, but for me it is hard work. It can be tedious; I do not like to let things go easily.
I have lived in the same house for almost 25 years. Thinking about 25 years worth of special childhood memories of my daughters, 25 years worth of professional and personal paperwork. It is really difficult to know what to keep and what to give or throw away.
I have done a much better job in the past few years of sorting through my possessions and purging items that I no longer need. I still have waaaay to many things, but each trip to drop off items at Goodwill gets me a little closer to my goal.