Hitting the Reset Button

We’ve done a lot of cleaning, purging, and rearranging of “stuff” around the house the past couple of weeks. For many reasons, this seems very appropriate now. Given the way things have gone in this country the last few years and a lot of things in my life in the last year, it’s time for a reset. Part of this is simplifying life and getting rid of stuff that is really not needed.

Last weekend, we tackled the office. It was a disaster. There were boxes and boxes of paperwork that I spent hours reviewing and either tossing or organizing into files. There were also many boxes of things that got the same treatment. When we were done, it was very satisfying to have accomplished something. However, I was surprised that there were some sad moments along the way. Why? Well, several things really. Other than precious keepsakes now packed away, all evidence that we ever had small children has been removed. No more toys, kids books, crayons, or Barbie dolls. I get it…kids grow up and you can’t keep the place looking like Romper Room forever. It just makes me sad sometimes that fun of those young childhood years is in the past. We also ran across things that reminded us of beloved pets and family member that are no longer with us.

Overall, it was a good thing. The office got cleaned up, we got rid of unneeded clutter, and we can now actually find paperwork when we need it. Along the way, we got the chance to refresh some memories and reflect on some good times in the past. Now it’s time to treasure and do the best we can with today and build for a better tomorrow.

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