Monday, 19 December 2016
Funny how a stick or a carrot can be a motivator. With the house needing an appraisal for a re-fi, we got to work and cleaned things up, and threw things out.
And continued to throw things out. From a bit – yes, only a bit! – of the garage, the pantry, the cookbook shelf, and under the kitchen and two bathroom sinks, and both bathroom vanities, we threw out 2 recycling bins of stuff, and filled 3 trash cans. Our neighbors let us use their bins.
We put in new medicine chests, which had been on the to-do list since we moved in. Altogether, it was a good purgation of crap, crap, crap, and a shocking eye-opener. The medicine chests and bathrooms were the worst. Old medication, old cleansers, old samples, old, old, old. We went to the Goodwill a couple of times.
Meanwhile, enduring a nasty sinus infection, cleaning and straightening up continued. With it came mental changes. Throwing things out becomes easier, as does picking up – until laziness sets in, which is not a good idea!
And all this, just before the holidays . . . and our gift-buying is lower key, our holiday expenses are less, and we don’t feel any deprivation for it. Yesterday and today we did some Christmas baking . . . Swedish Limpa bread, oatmeal cookies, and a cranberry-apple-pear tart. Homemade stuff is the best!