Retirement is a week filled with Saturdays and Sundays interrupted only occasionally by a holiday.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

My House is Cleaner Than Your House

I know I’ve mentioned before that I’ve been trying to clean up our den so I can finally get a loveseat for the room. The den is considered “my” room with “my” computer and “my” 20” TV and now I want “my” loveseat where I can get comfy and read “my” books.

Progress had been slow and intermittent. I’ll suddenly get ambitious and empty some of the cartons which have been stored in the room but then I’ll lose interest and energy and things will come to a grinding halt. It’s been status quo in the den for some time now.

Well…Monday was a holiday for many public employees and that included Lynn. So when I called her in the morning to find out what she was doing, she was telling me her grand plans to do a major clearing out of the clutter in her house. At first, I continued doing what I was doing…which was not much of anything. Then the jealousy bug started to buzz. Here Lynn was going to have a really neat, clean house and I was still going to have a den filled with “stuff.” That’s all it took.

I started emptying the first carton and soon I was in de-cluttering mode big time. Some of the cartons had old papers and receipts and I managed to nearly burn out the motor on my paper shredder as I shoved paper after paper into it. Of course, looking for places to put things meant I had to clear out some of the shelves in the hall closet and I did manage to make a dent in that too.

Now all I have left to find a home for are our two beach chairs which are currently propped up against the wall in the den (don’t ask me why they are in the den), a Big Box Warehouse package of 12 paper towel rolls, and a carton filled with old vinyl records (including the Beatles’ first few albums). Other than that, the den is cleared and ready to welcome a brand new loveseat which I will be hunting for in the next few weeks.

So I guess sibling rivalry and jealousy can sometimes be a great motivating factor. Thanks Lynn.


Renee said...

when I was a kid I would have my friends over, sit them on the bed with something interesting and then start cleaning up my was such a great motivator.

I need to find that kind of motivation again and fast.

Mom said...

Good job. De-cluttering is always such a satisfying experience.

PEA said...

Lol love this...I need a sister so that I can do the sibling rivalry thing! hehe Isn't it funny, though, what can get us motivated!! xox

Lynn said...

Glad to be of service.

Linda said...

Well that explains why my house is such a mess lately - no sister to motivate me!

Patti said...

I'm with Linda, I have no sister to motivate me.
No sibling rivalry at all, since I don't have a brother either. boo hoo

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

Whatever it takes! As long as it gets done and done it did! Great job.

Mary said...

I need a bit of motivation around here. I did get the living room cleaned up last week. We have a big house, but rent the upper floor, so have very little storage space. I would love to have the whole house to myself. *sigh* Maybe someday.

Glad you were able to get your den de-cluttered. Now, I need you to motivate me. LOL

Great post. I enjoyed my visit, as always.


rosemary said...

Emptied the china cabinet, cleaned out the downstairs closet and washed the bathroom curtains today...maybe it is a cleaning virus.

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

i think all the clutter got on my dining room table somehow. sigh...

smiles, bee

ms chica said...

I'm on my second paper shredder.