Endless Spring Cleaning

I stayed home today.

I thought I’d give my body one day of time-off to process my meds, and fight my allergy-created sinus issues.

Of course, it’s impossible for me to “do nothing” because I’m  crazy  a little bit Type A.

As I was hopping into the shower my glance fell on my earring stand.

I realized how many costume earrings I have and never wear.

Most of them are very, very, cheap and have been on my earring holder, unworn, for years.

I started sorting.

Hours later I had cleaned out two drawers (the drawers were completely unrelated, don’t ask!), and made various jewelry piles.

Yes, jewelry … my earring-task had expanded to include bracelets, necklaces, etc.

There was a “donate” pile, a “throw away” pile, a “clean this tarnished silver” pile, and a “keep” pile.

What did I learn from this?

One, I still have some jewelry from when I was a teenager.

Does that make me a hoarder?

Two, I’ve bought a lot of crappy, cheap, jewelry and ended up not wearing it more than once.

(I don’t do this anymore, but I did in years past.)

And three, the best way to QUICKLY clean silver jewelry is:

  1.  Line a bowl with aluminum foil,
  2.  Add four cups of boiling water and a tablespoon of baking soda,
  3.  Dunk jewelry for a few seconds to a few minutes depending on how tarnished it is,
  4.  Rinse and pat dry.

I also realized, although I’m not at all girly in terms of clothes, make-up, knowing how to pick fabrics, sew, and/or do other girly things ….

I most definitely like jewelry.

Mind you, not super-fancy, over the top, jewelry ….

But, fun, happy, jewelry.

I really like semi-precious stones like quartz, turquoise, chalcedony, etc.

(I’m sure I’d like PRECIOUS stones too, but if I had them they’d have to be in a simple/clean design because I don’t like formal looking jewelry with lots of complicated intricacies … I like clean lines.)

ANYWAY …

It felt good to get rid of a lot of costume jewelry I never wear.

It also felt good to see some of my tarnished silver bracelets looking sparkly again.

I’ve neglected so many aspects of my life over the last decade.

It feels like my entire life has been surgeries, recoveries, doctors appointments, and physical therapy appointments.

Probably because that HAS been most of my life.

But, although my arm is still very weak, I feel inspired to start tackling my neglected house.

It’s overwhelming in many ways, but I’m determined to spring clean … one drawer/cabinet/closet at a time.

If I tackle just a couple small areas each week, eventually I might start feeling less overwhelmed and more in control of my house.

Have you done any spring cleaning this year?

Do you have any great organizing and/or cleaning tips?

If so, I’d love to hear them.

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