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Busy Tuesday: Housecleaning is the Goal!

First off, a close friend (my buddy Kris) lost his mother this morning. I feel so bad for him. I think it's especially hard to lose a parent when you've had them into their eighties, as he has. I imagine it must feel like the parent will be there forever. It's a difficult loss when your mom dies. I know it will take him time (probably a couple of years, actually) to get past her loss, knowing how it was for us and how it's been for many friends. It's getting through the first couple of Christmases and birthdays and stuff that are really rough...

I'm praying for him and have him foremost in my thoughts. I was sorry I wasn't in the office, because he dropped by (and obviously wanted to see me). But he did get to speak with Marilyn, so that was good.

Anyway, in other news, Marilyn and I really (really, really) want to get this 'disaster' of a house cleaned up. That means getting RID of a bunch of stuff. My goal would be to eliminate half of every drawer, shelf, box and so on -- but I think that's pretty unrealistic. (Especially with me, as I have such a difficult time getting rid of things with sentimental value...) But maybe if I shoot for a third, we'd have a better chance of getting there!

This morning I tackled a couple of shelves in the office, right next to my computer. Much of this is paperwork, and some of it is pretty important stuff (versus sentimental stuff). So I was pleased to fill two wastebaskets and take out a couple good-sized piles for the recycling. None of it needed to be shredded, which was a good thing. Some of it was password lists -- but these were all really old (and are no longer in use) -- so it didn't matter.

Oh! First thing this morning I had to select the photos for the big announcement that takes place later this week (I don't know what day). I don't think I mentioned going to get my photo taken by a professional photographer, but I did that a couple weeks back. Then he posts them for you to review them, then you pick some, then he has his 'artist' touch them up. Anyway, my new icon of me in the beige and white blouse is one of these.

It was frankly about time I got a new 'default' icon of myself, considering the other one is pretty old. Yeah, I love my 'hug tree' icon (and always have). But my new icon is a really recent photo, so it makes sense to change. And I can still use the old one whenever I want to, after all...

So, this afternoon I decided to tackle a wooden file cabinet downstairs. It was originally in the family room -- and unfortunately it got wet during the flooding last year! We didn't realize it right away, though. But we've known for awhile that we were going to have to do something about it. We avoided it, because we're both so sensitive to musty odors.

It's only two drawers, so I used two banker boxes to empty out the contents. Then I hauled it outside. Marilyn needs to go through the contents and decide what needs to be kept (there are some 2007 and 2008 receipts that I saw, so we'll need to keep them, at the very least). Then we'll put the stuff out in the garage (and OUT of the house proper!), until some free shredding day.

I moved her cedar chest to where the file cabinet had been -- and put the TV and phone on top of it, for now. It's far from perfect, but whatever. I used mold spray to try and get rid of the smell in the carpet directly under where the file cabinet stood. We'll see how it goes! It's interesting that this file cabinet was originally in the family room filled with her financial papers (certainly not all, just some of them). We lost the furniture that used to hold her bedroom TV, so we'd moved it in there -- planning to replace it at some point. It's nice to move the cedar chest, because the room seems more spacious with it not at the end of the bed. Considering we put it there on purpose to use as a bench, I was surprised to see the difference, a nice improvement.

Anyway, it's around 3:30 p.m. and I'm bushed! I still need to empty the wastebaskets and I was hoping to vacuum (though I doubt that's happening today, to be honest).

Really, I can already tell a difference with my office shelves, which is a great thing! That makes me really happy. Onward and upward! (smile)

Marilyn has been especially hard on herself on the fact that we don't clean more. But you know, we're so physically and mentally EXHAUSTED after the festival gets over (plus getting through IFEA submissions), that I find it little wonder we don't want to do anything but rest during the rest of July. Now that it's August we certainly need to try and get things organized, but I think we need to avoid beating ourselves up when we don't really feel like it. Sleeping, naps, reading, watching TV and movies, writing, taking drives and so on -- these are important in recharging our batteries after so many, many months of constant hard work.

Keep your fingers crossed for us. I'm sure we'll improve with all of this over time. Right now I just feel like taking boxes and filling them up with stuff. And I'm not kidding!

Tags: 2012, august-2012, cleaning, housecleaning, icons, kris, marilyn, organized, photos, work
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