Updated Cleanup List


Here’s the cleanup list of tasks for my apartment. (E) stands for Easy, (M) stands for medium, and (H) stands for hard levels of difficulty. This is only relative to this list; one should not assume that my bedroom is a pigsty just because it has an H next to it.

1. _P_ Clean bedroom (M) [partly done, downgraded to medium difficulty]
2. _P_ Clear dining table (E) [partly done, downgraded to easy difficulty]
3. ___ Put away clean laundry (E)
4. ___ Organize linen closet (H)
5. _X_ Organize art closet (H)
6. _X_ Set up filing cabinet (M)
7. _X_ Set up digital scanner (E)
8. _X_ Re-set books on bookshelves (M)
9. _X_ Reorganize roller cart; make it useful (M)
10. _X_ put “church” box and chairs in basement (E)
11. _X_ clear stairwell (E)
12. ___ Organize & neaten living room (M)
13. _X_ Organize and neaten office (H)
14. ___ Clean bathroom (M)
15. ___ Clean kitchen floor (E)
16. ___ Straighten laundry room (M)
17. __X_ Organize desk (E)
18. ___ Get Apple order in to fix delete key and microphone. (E)
19. ___ Write e-mails to people I’ve not chatted with in a while. (M)
20. ___ Write & memorize poetry (E-M-H?)
21. ___ Take car in for oil change & 18,000 mile checkup. (Thursday)
22. ___ Set up desk filing cabinet. (M)
23. ___ Hang Kunichika print (E)
24. ___ Get Heron print framed and hung (H) {delaying on this one}
25. ___ Vacuum whole house {borrow Ben’s vacuum if I can… Mmmmm. Dyson vacuum cleaner…}
26. ___ Clean out car @ local carwash and vacuum place.

I hate cleaning, but I love being in a clean and organized apartment, and today I made great progress toward having a clean and organized apartment. Go figure. My mom is not an avid believer in feng shui, nor am I, but thanks to her I do have a copy of the bagua or directional chart lying around, and I do discover that it makes a difference in my personal life if my house and work spaces are neat and organized. My mood improves, my confidence goes up, and my feeling of inner peace improves. I should try setting my household altars according to feng shui sometime… or not.

In the meantime there’s a genuine improvement in my mood just by de-junking my space. I have four or five garbage bags of stuff ready to go to the dumpster right now, though I’ll wait until tomorrow to do that. I may go through the lower levels of my bookshelves, where crap seems to accumulate, and through my desk-side filing cabinet, before I get rid of the trash. I like getting rid of it all at once, so I know that it’s gone, and I know what’s gone, as well.

and I are going to ‘s and ‘s tonight for dinner. Bringing Quinoa and Peach salad; the plums I got are no good. 🙁 Will make that at ‘s house so it doesn’t get stale, and then up to Worcester to have dinner with them.

Edit/Update: Oh, yeah. I just checked, and I have six days of music more to listen to, before I’ve listened to everything in my iTunes library. Progress. For a while I had seventeen days of stuff I hadn’t ever heard before…

14 comments

  1. There’s something about de-cluttering your house that makes it feel more open and alive. It’s great.

    And I’m not tripping over anything, any more, either.

  2. I hate cleaning, but I love being in a clean and organized apartment
    John and I cleaned the bejesus out of the house this weekend, and it feels so much better to be in. Bigger, too, and more full of light.

    Some of it will have to come back out of the closets, but we’re putting that off as long as possible.

  3. I hate cleaning, but I love being in a clean and organized apartment
    John and I cleaned the bejesus out of the house this weekend, and it feels so much better to be in. Bigger, too, and more full of light.

    Some of it will have to come back out of the closets, but we’re putting that off as long as possible.

    • There’s something about de-cluttering your house that makes it feel more open and alive. It’s great.

      And I’m not tripping over anything, any more, either.

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