Cleaning Up for 2013
As Loki and I came down the back steps in the pre-dawn dark, the grass twinkled in the glow of the Christmas lights around the backdoor and crunched under foot as we made our way over to the barn and cottage with the laundry. Amy and I have company coming and besides getting caught up on the laundry I wanted to turn up the heat in the cottage. Considering the frost I was none too soon. I’d thought the house seemed chillier than usual in the night and snuggled under the flannel sheets, looking for my furry heater with my feet. Although smaller than last night when I walked the dog, the moon this morning was beautiful and the ocean quieter than in several days.
Winter appeals to me to work on my interior life, doing a spiritual inventory, and New Year’s appeals for working on the interior of our home. Spring cleaning has a lot to recommend it since you can throw open the windows and drag things into the yard, but New Year’s is also a good time for making an inventory of what I’ve actually laid hands on during the last year and what I could actually do without.
Today I am starting with my mother’s apartment and will try to get her to do the same. I am descended from a long line of “pack rats.” I consider myself in recovery, but I am sure that my children would beg to differ since they will have plenty to deal with when I am gone. Truly, I am trying to pare down my pile so that the job doesn’t overwhelm them. Right now I am tidying up for company and when I get back to Gig Harbor I plan to do some serious cleaning.
My mother’s pile has dwindled to a one bedroom apartment with limited space so occasionally it is necessary to eliminate things. She balks at the idea of de-cluttering. She wants her stuff out where she can see all of it all day long. The idea of rotating knick knacks is an anathema to her. How many Ichiro bobble head dolls do we need on the buffet and oh, yes, didn’t he go to NY? I will be lucky if I am able to dust around Ichiro, much less get him moved for the basketball season. Spring training is just around the corner, you know.