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{{sigh}} Where to begin…

No, seriously, I have to do some deep cleaning this weekend and I don’t know where to start. Apartment Therapy usually runs their January Cure at the start of the year but I didn’t sign up for it this year. Let’s face it, even when I sign up for it, I put it off until February. Then reason that it’s a group activity and I’ve missed out. It’s hard to clean solo instead of with all the other thousands of readers busily getting their sh*t off the floor and scrubbing their bathroom grout with a toothbrush and a paste of baking soda and water.

Does anyone actually use that stuff for cleaning? What’s wrong with apocalyptic purification with bleach and ammonia? Ok, not at the same time. But you know what I mean.

One thing I’ve come to realize is that I live in this three bedroom house by myself so why the hell am I stuffing all my clothes into one closet?? I can jam things into multiple closets without guilt. I can be as irresponsible as I want to be with my things. And I have been. They are literally everywhere. In fact, at the end of the sofa where I am sitting, there is a pile of sweaters and scarves and a jacket on top of the pillows and two unfolded throws.

How long can I put it off while I’m writing this?


Ok, I need some audio book recommendations. Preferably 5 star distractions so I will be absorbed in the cleaning thing. Please no romance novels. 🙄 I like historical fiction, speculative fiction, sci-fi/fantasy, mysteries (think Jo Nesbo and Tana French), biographies, war histories (The Irregulars and The Last Lion were fantastic), science and anthropology (anything by Jared Diamond). Stuff like that. I have 4 credits. Go!

And a little cleanup song:

Hey! What are the chances I’ll finally paint the spare bedroom and hang the drapes??

Yeah, didn’t think so.

SOS: send cleaning crew.<<<<<