I had not actually intended to freak out and clean the closet this afternoon, but I was idly flipping through house stuff on-line and found a reference to the book Life at Home in the Twenty-First Century which was an anthropological study of how we live (or how Americans in LA live, anyhow, which may not quite resemble the rest of us.) It pretty much took one photo of dirty clothes being stored in the shower and that weird bit in the back of my brain that is convinced that I am five minutes of vigilance away from LIVING IN SQUALOR screamed like a regiment of drunken Highlanders and went for the garbage bags.

Honestly, the house looks pretty good at the moment, as long as you stay out of the closets and the garage. The new flooring in the living room makes it infinitely better. The library is about half awesome and half…not quite so awesome, but the rest of the downstairs is totally awesome.

And now the closet is…at least more functional.

Someday, I will do the coat closet. I will need a chair, a whip, and some contractor bags. But not today.


5 thoughts on “Declutterification

  1. The Gecko says:

    Must be something about the time of year.

    I tackled a flagrantly neglected backlog of laundry this past weekend, and disposed of approximately 3kg of receipts I’d been stowing because “I should keep them in case I need them” (and then never purging…)

    A friend is “Ruthlessly” throwing out old crap. Another runs a house cleaning biz, and seems pretty busy.

  2. Hawk says:

    Time of year indeed. Late fall and winter is the only time we’ll even TRY to clean the garage…! It’s too damn hot the rest of the year.

  3. C. S. P. Schofield says:

    May I reference a meme from my Mother’s childhood?

    Fibber McGee’s Closet…..

    Anybody else know what it was? (without looking it up)

  4. C. S. P. Schofield says:


    Fibber McGee and Molly was a Radio comedy program that lasted all the way to 1959. The closet was a running gag; every time the door was opened, there would be a cascade of crashes as everything in it fell out into the hall….

    I’m told that there was even a story where the couple were confronted with a robber, who they tricked into opening the closet … and the cascade trapped him until the police arrived.

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