Monday Morning Grievance: Cleaning the Junk Room

It started as a drawer, expanded to a closet, and overflowed to fill a room.

Time for it to end.

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I’m speaking, of course, of the junk that appears to fill our lives.

For a year I’ve been meaning to clean our junk closet in Spare Oom, but never got around to it. Now, it fills the room, which makes it difficult for guests to spend the night. They rarely do, but I’m not sure if that’s because of us or because they know we don’t have the room. Well, we have the room, just not space in the room.

I’d intended to clean it out this summer anyway, and then Krystal gave me an extra incentive:

You can redecorate Spare Oom to be the book room.

Now, we’re not talking about a full renovation. Essentially I’m cleaning out the room, replacing the bed with the sleeper sofa from the living room, moving in a chair and some additional bookshelves, and hanging up my “library art”. I’m more excited than I should be.

Whay does this aggravate me? I don’t like sorting. We’ve dozens of boxes to go through and decide if it’s keep, throw away, give away, or sell. If it were up to me, there’d be fewer choices: keep or burn. However, I realize we might be able to make a little bit of cash selling those things still in good shape.

Also, whenever we clean, things look worse before they look better. I cleaned the living room, but you’d never know it because it’s now the de facto staging area for sorting those boxes from Spare Oom.

Eyes on the goal, though. Eyes on the goal.

What’s annoying you today?

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3 thoughts on “Monday Morning Grievance: Cleaning the Junk Room

  1. This is annoying me too. Having just moved recently, a lot of my stuff is still in boxes. But some of those books have been packed up since my last big move about seven years ago. I went through them a few months prior to this move and got rid of some stuff, but there are still loads of things I kept.
    My current line of thinking is: if it’s been in a box for seven years and you haven’t missed it, then you probably don’t need it. So if I can bring myself to do it, I’m just going to dump all that stuff into garbage bags rather than sorting through it again. There’s some stuff there I’ve been hanging on to for sentimental reasons, but I have zero storage in my new house. Maybe I’ll photograph everything and keep it in an album with some notes about the thing (which seems a bit over the top, but at least I’d still have a reminder of events etc.).
    Anyway, best of luck to you – I think you have a good incentive, so I’m 100% positive you’ll get through this.

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