Spring Cleaning

I’m working on some spring cleaning/re-envisioning my home. As I hit each room, my goal is to get rid of things sitting around in boxes, drawers, on floors, in closets etc., and to make each space cozier and more useful. It isn’t easy.

But I heard an interesting idea the other day about cleaning/throwing things away that really got me thinking: ask yourself, would you buy this now?

Would you buy this now? Often, that’s a question that doesn’t even come into play. We’re so attached to things from our pasts that make us feel something or remember something, and we completely ignore the fact that we haven’t even thought about this item for years. If you threw it out, you probably won’t think about it past the first few days either. But most of us never even make it that far.

Asking yourself if it is something you would buy now totally changes the way you’ll look at the object. And for the most part, I bet the answer would be “no”. So…off it goes. I’m going to try this a little bit more with my work-in-progress and see how it goes.

If you’re working on spring cleaning, you might want to try Marie Kondo’s book THE LIFE-CHANGING MAGIC OF TIDYING UP: THE JAPANESE ART OF DECLUTTERING AND ORGANIZING. It might change your life, or at least how you look at the objects you’re holding onto.

I love lists!

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Lists. I love them.  Could I get through a day without making a list?  I really don’t think so. I make lists to remind me about other lists. I have daily lists, weekly lists an long-term lists.  I’ve made lists since I was a young girl and I plan on making lists until I can no longer hold a pencil.

List keep me sane and organized. I feel like I don’t have to remember every single minute detail in my brain if I can write it down on a list somewhere.  A few years back, my then-boyfriend gave me a Palm Pilot for Christmas in order to help keep me organized without having to write everything down.  And it does help and I still use it to keep my phone numbers and pictures handy enough to take with me in my purse.  But the list option was only something that I used for about 3 minutes. I couldn’t stand not being able to just glance at my list without having to turn the Palm Pilot on and find the list.  I am a techie, don’t get me wrong, but I love the tactile experience of writing something on a piece of paper.

Sure, there are many sites online that can help you keep lists, such as Tadalist.com, FlexLists.com and of course options in MIcrosoft Office to keep you organized.  Some people love these, but they’re not for me.  As you can see, my November calendar (above) is filled with lists on each day. I like to be able to see something that needs to be done, and also there is a certain satisfaction seeing something crossed off the list that has been done.  I will never tire of lists.

Does this make me obsessive?  Do I have a memory problem?  I don’t think so on either front. I just like to be organized and lists are my way of doing just that.

Do you make lists?