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I’m trying not to heal too quickly from the “Spring Cleaning” Virus, but it’s frustrating when there’s so much to do and so little time!

I had most of Tuesday to devote to Spring Cleaning, and I started by checking the mail. I found a wrapped gift in my mailbox – turns out Big Guy had been in town (didn’t tell me/visit me) but had dropped off my birthday present! It was Guitar Hero III – of course, I had to try it out, right away! Then back to the living room…

It was “tackle the bench” day. It’s not so much Spring Cleaning as de-cluttering (again)! I started by sitting down to read the flyers and the stack of Saturday comics that had accumulated over time. I don’t want to wear myself out now, do I? How I ever missed reading that stack of comics is a mystery. I also cut out the crossword and Sudoku puzzles – I keep them in my car so I have something to do while waiting for an appointment or while Little Guy is in karate lessons. I tackled the bench – it is no longer buried until a pile of clutter, and I took time to sort through all the toys inside. It’s amazing how much time it takes to sort through toys! But I successfully moved things around so my room is no longer dominated by piles of toys. I can even put the unsightly DVDs and brightly coloured game boxes in the drawers in our new TV unit. I feel like I took a giant leap for adult-kind in my own home. If I stand in the middle of the room and face north, it’s a beautiful thing. If I face south, I may begin to weep openly. So much to do…

Wednesday was Morning Break so no time to clean. By the time I got home – after running up and down stairs, and loading/unloading my car, not to mention standing most of the morning in heels, I was spent. I confess I spent the afternoon watching a sappy chick flick and playing Angry Birds! However, the afternoon wasn’t over yet.

Little Guy used to play “grocery store” when he was little. He would unpack the pantry, and sometimes make a selection to take into the next room in his wagon. He unpacked the pantry yesterday afternoon – carefully filling the upside down stool and carrying the items to the other side of the room, where he sorted them by contents (e.g., kidney beans, soup, etc.) He then stacked them in the middle of the room, counting them one at a time. There were 47 items. He then went on, believe it or not, to move them all again, sorting them by containers – there were 9 bottles, 6 boxes, and 32 cans. I wiped down the cupboard, and after tripping a few times while cooking, had him help me put it all back! It wasn’t a task that I had planned to do but since the opportunity presented itself, I took it! Little Guy had fun (even though it’s not my idea of a “good time”)…and he avoided doing homework…for awhile!

Oh, I made bean salad last night so now I only have 29 cans…