Tuesday, July 8, 2008


Today, as I was reaching over a wastebasket and a bin of magazines, through the small space between the cat climber and the end table, and nearly cutting off the circulation in my hand as I wedged the cord I was holding into the outlet behind the end table, I realized something:

I live in an obstacle course.

Mind you, Iwanski and I are not the messiest people in the world. But we do tend to collect clutter. And that clutter tends to accumulate and accumulate until one day, in a fit of frenzied housecleaning, I try to go through everything and straighten it all out.

Recently, I was going through a large folder that holds all our receipts and user guides from various electronic items we had purchased. I found receipts from items we had bought in the year 1999. I kid you not. I also found user guides for a boombox that we got rid of three years ago, and one for our old vacuum. Yeah, I really needed to keep those. Why would I need a user guide for a vacuum, anyway? Step 1: Turn on vacuum. Step 2: Suck things into vacuum. Yeah, that’s pretty complicated.

Anyway, it was a relief to go through all that stuff and toss out all the old receipts and user manuals.

The only problem was that the stack of papers that I’d accumulated for recycling was so large, it didn’t fit into our recycling bin. So I stacked them up next the recycling bin, where the pile grew and grew with more and more paper items for the next couple of weeks—while we stepped over it every day on our way in and out of the front door.

Are you beginning to see a problem here?

What I really need to do is take a week off work, go through all our clutter and organize it, and bring any garbage and recycling down to the dumpsters in our 1st floor garbage room.

It’s either that, or keep climbing over stuff.

Hmm, I really do like obstacle courses…


Diane said...

What ever happened to down-sizing?
Get rid of the old to let in the new! :)

Barb said...

Sounds like my sewing room. I practically have to be a gymnast to vault over the piles. On my "to do" list is go through all the filing and shred everything I can! Anyone in the mood for a ticker tape parade cause I'll have plenty of confetti!

Mathman6293 said...

Dcup - keeps us pretty clutter free but deep down I am a pack-rat. I know I can go down to the basement, open the file drawer and retrieve receipts from 1989 for items purchased when we live in West Rogers Park.

Miss Healthypants said...

Diane, chickie--I know, I know...I have to do that. My feng shui is pretty bad right about now.

Barb--I'm glad I'm not the only one! :)

Mathman--my hubby is the worst pack rat ever. And it sounds like I'm not quite as good at keeping him in line as Dcup is with you. *grin*