I have at last started my "spring" cleaning of the office/guest room.
We are expecting an overnight guest next weekend. Considering the fact that spring is unofficially over if you consider Memorial Day to be the start of the summer season and will officially be over in a matter of days if you are a strict equinox follower, I will allow you to draw your own conclusions about what motivates this particular mensch when it comes to spring cleaning.
Sadly, even after a full day of work on Saturday, the room is not that greatly improved.
Before? After? The question is really academic. A Talmudic scholar might be able to make some sense of it.
Part of my problem is that I have the "one touch" rule when it comes to organizing. (It sounds creepy, but stick with me for a minute.) The more times you have to handle any particular paper, clutter, book, photograph, stroller, deck of playing cards which is missing the three of clubs, charging cord for a cell phone you no longer own, keytar, dinosaur, etc, the more time you will ultimately spend in your cleaning efforts. So, while I'm organizing, I try to put anything I come across directly into the place where it belongs. Which means progress is slow, steady, and apparently invisible.
However, my method of cleaning has unearthed a couple items I no longer need. There was a toy LO received a duplicate of recently, as well as the dresser that we had stowed in the closet for a reason that escapes me at this particular moment, and a four year old gift card that J and I will not ever use. I sold the first two to a woman in my Moms group for $25, which means I've officially broken even with the stupid tax I paid on Friday. I posted the gift card on Giftcardgranny.com, and was pleased to get 80% (of $240!) for it. Considering I've made approximately $215 with only about 20% of the job done, I'm assuming that I can (conservatively) look forward to earning at least $1000 total for finishing cleaning the room.
Oh, and we'll have a nice room to offer my sister-in-law to sleep in. That would be good. We'd like her to visit again sometime.
(After reading through my conclusions, J has informed me that my logic and understanding of probability and statistics are most likely incorrect. I posit that he is simply a pessimist. He responded that we don't find $240 gift cards every day. Based upon my preliminary work, I know that we can extrapolate that there are four more hidden in the rest of the room. J, you've just been out-logicked.)
Still looking for Guest Mensches!
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for guest mensches to fill in while I'm on vacation. I still have four
spots left for guest mensches to write on any topic
relating to money management, time management, or any other Live Like a
Mensch type shenanigans. The guest posts will run during the first week
of July. Please submit your piece of 250-1000 words as an attachment
to this email address, along with a short bio, by Wednesday, June 20. If you are a blogger, feel free to include a link to your blog or website.