I am in a decluttering mode. I feel like there is too much stuff around and it's bugging me on both a physical (navigationally speaking) and psychological level. So I am declaring this month "Out-the-Door October."
I'm going to spend a concentrated effort on dealing with stuff—donate it, sell it, organize it, shred it, toss it—and, of course, do some cleaning in the process. The situation has reached critical mass and action must be taken.
So far, I've sold one typewriter on Craigslist and a bunch of shirts on eBay. I listed more items this weekend. Like this ladies' leather jacket.
Also, over the weekend, I cleaned the workshop, where my treadmill is located. Since the days are getting cooler and it gets dark earlier, I'm
walking more indoors again. But ee-gads, the musty, dustiness in that room! The workshop is not so much a man cave as it is a general storage area in the basement. I Shop-Vac'd my heart out on Saturday and then took a small trunk load of stuff to Goodwill. It felt good.
In the sewing department, I have started working on some things which may potentially be Christmas gifts. Bummer that I can't share pictures of them at present, but you know how that goes. I also need to get the sewing space organized better...somehow, some way.
And now for some whine:
First it was burning mouth. I've sort of gotten used to that, and it's mostly now a minor nuisance. A couple weeks ago, though, my eyes started feeling really dry, burning, irritated, and red all the time. I went to the doctor and got some drops for a possible infection, which didn't help because that apparently wasn't the cause. Then I saw my optometrist last week because it was still bugging me (and I needed a general eye exam), and he said I've got chronic dry eyes. He gave me some different, thicker, lubricating eye drops to use at least 6 times a day, probably for freakin' ever.
And of course, what irritates my eyes the most? Computer work. Hello?! IT'S WHAT I DO—for a living and for fun!
As Roseanne Roseannadana says, "It's always something."
I know that in the scheme of things, this is some petty B.S. I have many blessings to count (and believe me, I do). But man, it still ticks me off. I want my 40s back, and all my hormones and all that went with them, and while I'm at it with the unreasonable requests, may I please have back the ability to digest wheat and dairy products? Oh, and my retirement account balance pre-2008. Thanks.
I guess if there is a "good" takeaway, it is that this reminds me about balance (remember that computer ejector seat I joked about?). Meanwhile, it helps to laugh, right? Some classic Roseanne Roseannadana (below) works for me.
Have a good week, all. But wait—I almost forgot the point—posting may be light for the rest of this month due to the aforementioned cleaning/decluttering and giving the peepers a break. I might pop in here or there, maybe show you what I'm getting rid of, progress pics, or if I have something more profound to share.
How about you? Does fall give you the urge to clear out? Anything in particular ticking you off lately?