I Found A Way To Stay Cool
Not just throw the T.V. on
Lay back on the bed and take a nap
But actually clean
I have been meaning to do it for some time
Things come up
Things get in the way
Another day goes by
There never seems to be enough time in the day
Well todays the day
It is hot and sticky outside
I have the day off
I am going to pull out those old boxes
See all the things that I have been meaning to get to
Unfortunately never found the time
The odds and ends to living a full life
Look through them once and for all
It is early in the day
I just ate a good lunch
I have the whole day ahead of me
Turn up the music
It makes sense
I won't be distracted
I will look over things I have saved
See what to keep and what to give away
Shake things up a bit
I am going to do a lot of bending
It is O.K.
I need to stretch more anyway
My wife has been so understanding and supportive
I tell her I have to do it in my own time
She often offers to help
I really don't know where to start
Then when we goes to throw something away
I say I need that
I tell her I have to do it on my own
When the time comes
I will ask you for when I get stuck
For now I am on my own
You had to go to work
I am home alone
I had a good night sleep
I played with our cat
Washed the dishes
Through in the laundry to get washed
Later I have to go out to water the garden
Now there is nothing stopping me
Some days you aren't meant to be outside
This is one of those days that make you feel clammy
I am killing two birds with one stone
I get to stay in the house with the A.C. on
I have a chance to make my life cleaner and more organized
To streamline my life
Keep going where I want to go
There will be times I drift too far in one direction or another
I lose my way
Temporarily and it happens and I am aware of it
One of the drawbacks of being a creative and imaginative person
It is easy to start one project
I remember my father use to say it is better to have a few irons in the fire
He never told me
If you have to many irons in the fire
You might just get burned
I had to find that out for myself
My wife does a good job of reeling me in
One of my biggest pet peeves is having too much food in the refridgerator
Then something gets pushed in the back
We end up throwing it out
Time is money
I feel the same way about clutter
When we look for something and can't find it
Time is wasted
Money thrown out the window
My father use to say
You might as well just burn it
If you burned a twenty dollar bill
People would think you have lost your mind
Luckily we can find another way
Put our time to good use
Use the things in our life that we bought for a purpose
For the right purpose
In the future when we see something we might really, really want
We know we might feel the urge for some strange reason
If we let time pass
That urge slowly goes away
When all is said and done
We may find out we didn't need what we thought we did after all
Now we have more space
More time and more money
Best of all
We came to this conclusion all by ourselves
I don't think I have ever heard of people talking about cleaning
In such a unique way
Especially with a smile on their face
DREAM ON (author) on July 31, 2018:
Ann Carr I believe that people that want to hold on to things they develop an attachment to material objects during their life that give them comfort and joy. Unlike people who will let you down. They have a security blanket to fall back on. I think they also have a wonderful heart that seeks to give. Sometimes in my life I was so busy with helping others family and friends I had little time for myself. These objects became part of my own world that I could enjoy and appreciate at any time. That could take away any pain and sadness of loss. Our mind gets thinking if a few objects makes us happy what will a few more do. Give us more pleasure. Then it becomes a bigger cycle that can easily get out of hand. These are my own experiences and I have not confirmed this in any book. The growing need for love is in everyone. The pain is something we shy away from. Combine the two and you have a simple reason why people collect to many things. When we can see where and why it started. How it serves a purpose and yet with little time it can get out of control. Moving forward finding things I enjoy more than cleaning is one step in the right direction. I like to work in the yard in the garden and with plants. I love to write and take walks in nature. Finding the happy medium is not always easy. Getting there can be challenging. It also shows us we are real people with real emotions. That we are super sensitive to the things that happen in our life. So a car accident maybe no big deal to one. Where it can be traumatizing to another person. No one way to react or recover. We don't fall under the same umbrella and should not all be treated the same way. I do a lot more writing on this theory I have and maybe if you want to read it and give me your honest opinion I would appreciate it. Remember these are only my feelings and thoughts and through my imagination and writing this is my story. I also feel I am not alone. There are therapy groups that can help but they may not understand what we feel and may also hurt instead of help. Throwing out things when you are not ready emotionally can set you back and more angry and less trust worthy. I had a friend that thought throwing out my things was a good idea. I would get over it. It didn't set well and to this day I wish he wouldn't of done it. I learn to live with it. Some things can't be undone. I appreciate the help but that is not the help I need. Because I like to write I love to read. I have collected a vast collection of books. At least five thousand. I am down sizing at my pace. Realizing I had a dream and not the space. That is another story. Well enough said and a wonderful day out in the yard today. I am going weeding and to cut the grass. Talk soon. Please e-mail me if you can on your response. I appreciate your thoughts and kindness. Thank you for reading and sharing. Have one great day.
Ann Carr from SW England on July 31, 2018:
I know what you mean. I keep things which make me feel good and I discard things if I already have another link to the past, mostly if I share it with someone else.
Thanks for the email. I don't get stressed about it, just go with the flow and try to remain practical!
DREAM ON (author) on July 30, 2018:
Ann Carr I like to think of things we like to keep in a different light. I believe there are so much negative feelings associated with the way people think or act that emotionally cripples us from doing what we want. It makes us feel bad when we need time to process everything. I think there is a better way to feel about our belongings. I have to go to work now but I will explain in further detail later. Thank you for reading and sharing so many new and wonderful thoughts.
Ann Carr from SW England on July 30, 2018:
Taking photos is a good idea - it jogs the memory just as well as the real thing. And recycling is always a good thing!
Trouble is I, along with my other half, am a hoarder and it's like a 'push-me, pull-you' exercise to actually let go!
As you say, the cleaning of everything is also a good incentive to get rid of 'extras'.
Thanks, you too.
DREAM ON (author) on July 30, 2018:
Ann Carr I have my good days and bad days. I do like to take pictures of things I have that I know longer need before I give them away. I can still have the memory and have more space. My habits change and so do my interests. Try a little at a time. Even just one item. After awhile it becomes easier because there is no pressure. Just think someone else can find a use for it and enjoy it just like you. I find if I spend time in any activity I don't want to spend more time in cleaning. I want to get it done and move ahead. Thank you so much for reading. Make it fun not a chore. There are many reasons why we collect things. For me it is one more time to hold onto a priceless moment. of time. Then we have to have new experiences to learn and grow. Thank you so much for reading and sharing. Life is filled with wonderful times and memories. All we have to do is tap into those memories and we can experience the beautiful state within seconds. Have a pleasant night.
Ann Carr from SW England on July 29, 2018:
I need some of your determination to clear stuff - just doing a loft conversion and I'm determined not to move all the junk from one space to the next. I need to do exactly the same as you and be ruthless!
Great thoughts about spending time in the cool. It's been sticky-hot here for weeks but just turned to solid rain in the last day. I love the sun but I must admit it's much fresher now and the plants are very grateful!
DREAM ON (author) on July 26, 2018:
Gypsy Rose Lee Keep doing what you can on your writing and watch it take off. Florida does get awful with humidity and I am glad it doesn't bother you. I prefer a little cooler. How is your new home? Have you found some nice places to eat ? Thank you for reading and sharing a little more of your progress and changes as they happen. Have a very nice night.
DREAM ON (author) on July 26, 2018:
Linda Crampton When the weather turns nicer keep me informed. I had another day of rain. Made more progress but still far away from being done. I started the closet in the bathroom and it took me a lot longer than expected. Then I got tired and had to call it a day. Thank you for reading and sharing. Have a great day.
Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on July 26, 2018:
You cannot imagine how it's going to be when the four boxes from Latvia arrive in September to here in Florida. My days will be spent working online as much as I can and sorting and soring some more. As far as the weather goes sure it's hot mostly during the afternoon but then even when I lived in NYC the summers can be sweltering. I get out as much as I can and don't let it worry me. Inside both room have AC but when I am working at my desktop PC I hate having the AC blowing directly on me so if it is not necessary I don't even turn it on.
Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on July 25, 2018:
I have lots of stuff that I need to check and organize. As you say, there never seems to be enough time in the day to do it, but I really need to follow your example. Unfortunately, it's hot both outside my home and inside it at the moment. I'm looking forward to cooler temperatures.
DREAM ON (author) on July 25, 2018:
John Hansen I better that I cleaned. I didn't accomplish all I wanted to but I rather go slow than not at all. Sometimes you start off like gang busters and then you fizzle faster than a piece of bacon on a frying pan. I also keep records for longer than I should. I feel I might need them. So what I started to do is scan them with the printer and leave it on the computer. No paper clutter and still I have them if I ever need them. I get to use technology to my advantage. I keep a number of different virtual folders. Then I can better keep up with month to month expenses in a temporary paper folder. It is good to keep accurate records. I like to see my paper trail. It tells a lot about me as a person. What I find important and what I spend my hard earned money on. As time goes on we easily and quickly forget that. With no record only guessing and sometimes wrong opinions are formed. I probably go a little over board but it is still better than no records at all. Thank you for reading and sharing. Go slow and do a little and be happy with small steps. Before you know it there will be no more. If I cleaned out my box or boxes more often I would have no trouble or no reason to procrastinate. I dread it sometimes. An old opinion formed and hard to shake. Have a neater and more efficient day.
John Hansen from Queensland Australia on July 24, 2018:
Nice reflections here, Dream On. I badly need to go through my filing cabinet and boxes and throw away paperwork....some of it is more than 15years old and no point keeping. It is just a job I keep putting off. This hub has inspired me to finally do it...tomorrow..maybe.
DREAM ON (author) on July 24, 2018:
Shannon Henry My back is sore and my head is filled with mixed emotions. Time to stop for now. Not done yet. I didn't find anything to throw out yet but I did fix things neater and organized so much better. I came across my old work shoes and yard clothes. I forgot I had them. Books and things for a thousand uses. Thank you for reading and sharing. Have a beautiful night.
Shannon Henry from Texas on July 24, 2018:
Cleaning with a smile on my face is not something you are often likely to find me doing, unless I am in good company or in an exceptionally good mood. Not saying it never happens, but you know. LOL. Right about now, I could probably be over the moon happy just to clean rather than have to be out and about in this triple digit heat we've been having lately. Hope you found some treasures in your cleaning endeavors.