Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | May 4, 2015

Picoblog Question – 2015 – Post #27

Picoblog Question – 2015 – Post #27

Are you doing any spring cleaning this year?

My two cents, but please share yours:

Yes. I’m decluttering one shelf or drawer per day, five days per week. I figure this spring cleaning project will take me just under two years. The first room is done and feels wonderful.


  1. I wish! I can’t even keep up with the weeds outside. One battle at a time…

    • You’ll know when the right time for simplification comes along, CJ. And small bites don’t have to be entire shelves or drawers. For example, for every new item you purchase or receive, discard or give to charity two old items you no longer need. Soon, you’ll see a reduction in the complexity in your life. Cheers, Ashley

  2. Sounds doable. But I should probably focus on the weeds too.

    • Weeding is a great way to counter all the technology in our lives, D. Wallace. Cheers, Ashley

  3. I do my cleaning by not letting things get too dirty. If you mean spring de-cluttering, though, my wife would tell you I need to.

    • As a wife, I must agree with your wife, David. But do it when you’re ready and at your pace. Cheers, Ashley

  4. I have an “out basket”. Every day I try to put something in it. Today I managed to put in 4 different things. 🙂 Goodwill and the local thrift shop are my recipients.

    Weeding is a big deal too. I apparently have a non-native-invasive-plant experimental area here. 😦 English ivy, oriental bittersweet, multiflora roses, Japanese knotweed, Japanese stiltgrass, vinca minor, Miscanthus sinensis, Everlasting flowering pea vine… and I’m quite sure there are more which I have forgotten to list or will soon find. Given my ignorance, the birds, and the previous owners, there’s a lot of bad stuff. I’ve been working on it now about 30 years. Much of that time I was also working at a job and raising a family, which cut my garden hours to a bare minimum.

    I also have native invasives: Bracken fern, poison ivy, wild clematis, Carolina sweetshrub. Sigh.

    • The daily basket is a wonderful idea, Aunt Mary. And I admire your gardening habit. I tried to garden here in Texas–lasted about one year and gave up. It’s just too hot most of the time. Cheers, Ashley

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