Cleaning Up After 40 Years

I’m cleaning up after myself.

I’m almost 66 and for the first 20 odd years, I wasn’t stationary long enough to accumulate much shit junk and crap. But by my mid-twenties I found myself hanging on to all the “good stuff” I inherited.

Even without a permanent residence, I found I could store “important” things with my parents, my friends, or in self-storage. Now I have about 1500 sq ft of storage, my friends call it a house, but all I use is one bedroom, a bathroom, the kitchen, and an office. The rest is just a place to store shit.

Because the few friends I have are comfortable enough to just kick the shit off the chair the system has been working pretty well, but now I seem to have developed the need to make the place more livable.

Talk about easier said than done. I opened the closet I use as a pantry and found stuff that I’d had for so long, that it’s probably older than you are.

I’ve been finding things like carpet shampoo when I haven’t had a carpet in over 20 years. And how about a big bottle of wood cleaner? It’s a shame that the only wood in my house is Formica.

Heck, I’ve got three crock pots; who needs three crock-pots?

The 2 or 3-quart unit that I paid ten bucks for at Walmart, is prone to burning the food if there isn’t enough liquid. Then there’s the one with the cracked plastic lid. It’s that lovely avocado green that was so popular in the seventies, and the one my grandmother bought, probably in the nineties, is ceramic with a heavy pyrex lid.

An odd thing about that last unit is that over the years it’s developed a unique beefy aroma. Fortunately, it doesn’t affect the taste of the food.

It’s definitely time to clean house.

I was up til 1 am. this morning sorting and tossing tons of old paperwork. One of the boxes even contained all the receipts from my machine shop.

I thought about it, but couldn’t for the life of me figure out what could possibly be so important that I needed to save a bunch of paper from the early eighties. Oh well, maybe the trash guys can figure it out.

I’ve also been cleaning up my websites. I’ve sent emails to the sites I admin asking permission to fix or delete broken links and to dump a lot of useless crap, and gotten responses from 3 people thanking me because they keep forgetting to do it themselves.

I’ve also deleted something like 45 posts from this site alone and moved my food articles over the “The Smoking Pan.

I’ve used The Smoking Pan domain before, but I didn’t keep up with it. Now that I’m planning on having time on my hands maybe, I’ll finally get all those recipes my mother, grandmother, and the one grandfather scribbled on the first available scrap of paper into a legible form.

And here I’ve been worried about what to do with all my free time.

Maybe I’ll even start posting pictures of my current mess to give myself the incentive to work harder at it.

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