Friday, August 14, 2009

Dusty treasure

As I mentioned earlier in the week, I've been cleaning. In my case, that involves wading through piles and piles and piles of papers. In those papers are buried family history information, pictures, old writing exercises, and assorted memorabilia.

Every piece of paper must be examined and placed in the appropriate pile so that I might put it away in the proper place. As I've pored over papers, I've discovered old letters from people long dead, pictures of my ancestors, and assorted handiwork from when my children were small.

I also found twenty-two pairs of scissors, seventeen assorted rulers, and a large assortment of beads that I thought were long gone. In addition, I unearthed two partial afghans (complete with patterns).

I must have some sort of fetish for lip gloss/chapstick/lip balm as I've assembled a bowl full of the tubes in a lot of flavors. And just in case I might have a headache, there are also several bottles of meds in a variety of "strengths".

This is all a small sample of the treasures to be discovered when preparing one table in the corner for relocating today. It's amazing what can be found in the piles and boxes if you only take time to look. I've continued my fifteen minutes on, fifteen minutes off program for cleaning. There's enough dust that I desperately need that fifteen minutes off when the timer chimes.

What is all of this in aid of? It's time.

Have you ever contemplated a closet or corner in your home and thought, I should do something with that spot, but somehow the time never arrives? Well, it's time to clean and reorganize my apartment. Time to make the necessary changes so that the hunk and I will be more comfortable in the coming days.

So for the next few days, I'll be delving into the shadowy spots, searching for more dusty treasure. Who know what I might find?



  1. You know Anny - there's a book in this that I think only you could write. I could see it as I was reading

  2. Hmm, I can stare at my closets for years thinking I need to clean them out;)

  3. And that was just one table top? You sound like me, love! Except I can never FIND my tables to sort them out. They are buried. LOL!

  4. Nice blog Anny.

    I cleaned for a half hour yesterday and found 2 socks and a dog toy. If I clean solidly for the next 6 months, I think I'll be able to find the other half of my bathing suit and that king sized bag of M&M that went missing a while back. How long do those stay good, anyway?

  5. I have a few closets that are downright scary. There's no telling what I'll find in there.

  6. My office is the worst. I have every intention to 'cull' my books, dust my shelves and reorganize my desk space--and then I find treasures that I need to read through a few pages because I haven't seen that book in awhile and wondered where it went. I really do need to get that timer.

    Right after I go dig out "The Dark Crystal" from the closet where it's stored. LOL! Where did you find that picture;-)

  7. never know what interesting things you will find when cleaning...stuff you forgot about and maybe don't even remember! I like you system!
    Of course, there are those things you can't find when you want to, so have to buy another one, and then find the original one when you clean. If only I could remember where I put everything, that would never happen again@