Now I'm much to young to know from actual experience about Fibber McGee, but I've heard about him. He was a character on an old radio show and every week he'd open the closet door and tons of stuff would fall out and make a BIG NOISE.
Well, I've inherited his closet.
One of my favorite shows was on BBC America a while back: "How Clean Is Your Home." Two neat-nick ladies, Kim and Aggie, go in and inspect the absolute FILTH in British homes, chide the homeowners (who are rarely embarrassed--their 15 (or in this case 30) minutes of fame, I suppose) and clean up the mess. They usually do it in 24-48 hours. (I'm on day three of my quest.)
I loved this show because no matter how cluttered my house is, I know I'm not living in that kind of squalor. But alas, my house (and especially my home office) is cluttered.
The new year makes you want a clean start, so yesterday I decided it was time to clean the closet. Talk about a trip back in time. I have stacks of paper going back 10-20 years. By the time I sorted out the wheat from the chaff, I had 8 bags of shredded papers and a stack of stuff for the recycle bin that was at least 12 inches high. (To quote Dave Barry: "I am NOT making this up!")
I was able to reclaim quite a bit of closet real estate, which was immediately swallowed up by stuff that had been sitting under my china cabinet (where I keep my collection of 1950s figurines) for ... several years ... and STILL this room is cluttered. I simply have too much STUFF, but a lot of it is stuff I just can't seem to part with. Like books. And books on tape. And figurines. (*Sigh*)
Today's quest is to reclaim my computer desk. As I've got the file cabinet in order I might be able to clear it off...and hope to keep it clear for at least a few days....
Cross your fingers for me!
What's cluttering up your house?
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