Spring Cleaning

Daffodils in snow 2011c

Really stupid daffodils

Joanna here:

I’m in my fiercely picturesque little house in the mountains, not so much snowed in as iced in. When others can comment smugly on being under a foot or two of snow, I have to tag along behind saying, "I know it looks like only a little snow. But it’s ice. Solid, serious ice!" I punctuate.

Which brings us to Spring Cleaning .The vernal equinox is March 21 and charging down upon us at a great rate, even if some few of us Wenches are doing the blizzard thing.

My daffodils all up and down the woods were getting to be a big, sassy, yellow crop. They are now all frozen except for about a dozen I’ve got inside. I ran up and down the hill in freezing winds to save them. This morning I stopped by the pots of fuchsia in the kitchen and told them they should be durned glad I didn’t decide to put them out on the back porch last week when everything was all warm and enticing out there.

But I digress. Spring Cleaning.

For me this is moving al the furniture and sweeping underneath. It’s slapping a dab of paint on the door jambs where my cat sharpens her claws in the wood.(Twenty-two million trees outside and she comes inside to sharpen her claws.) And I’m metaphorically mudwrestling with all the computer problems I’ve been living with so patiently.

 

 

Wenches stack anne

Too many books? Impossible.

Pat says: 

Wench flowers mjp

Mary Jo's garden

Spring cleaning? What is this called spring cleaning? Every so often I get it in my head to paint a room or move the furniture and cleaning happens, but that’s seldom in spring. In spring, I’m outside in the garden. So maybe spring cleaning is hauling out dead leaves, spreading weed emergent killer, and planting pretties? Although this spring, after a rainy winter, we hired a window cleaner. All the glass in the house is now sparkly. But note, I didn’t do it!

 

 

We go to Anne. She’s nice and warm and I am all envious.

Anne here.

Even though it's autumn in Australia (we don't say "fall" — it's always "autumn") I'm approaching a kind of spring cleaning in that I'm

Wenches fend

What? You have clutter?

preparing (in between bouts of writing) to pack up my house and move out, in order for it to be renovated. Years of precious clutter are going to have to go. I'm a pack-rat, and even though I've battled this tendency for ages, teaming up from time to time with Flylady, and Marie Konda, and Feng Shui and think I've done pretty well, as I look around me, I have to confess I've only scraped the surface.

Still, there is a book to be written and a deadline creeping towards me, so that's my priority for now. If I can't manage to write AND declutter and pack up the house, I'll have to pay someone to stuff it all in boxes and store it, and I'll sort it out the other way. Like that old TV show — Your Life On The Lawn, where they'd empty a family's household goods and furniture — everything! — into the back yard, and then they'd only take back inside the things they really wanted.

Still, I'd rather do it all myself before I have to move. I don't have a date yet, so there is still a possibility I can finish a book AND pack up a house. Do you believe in fairies? No, me neither.

 

Susan says:

Right now the only one doing spring cleaning around here is my husband, who's outside as I write this, pushing the snowblower up and Wench Henry Meynell Rheam - A Maid Sweepingdown the driveway. So much for spring. But soon, like the the trees and flowers, we'll all be wanting to freshen up our look after the gray winter drear, emerging and blooming a little in the warmer temps and sunshine. For me, first off, I want to get fresh air in, stale air out. I like to clean a little, paint a bit, move some furniture–I want things to look and feel different once spring arrives. Really I'm not a stickler about a clean, organized home (as a mom to three boys, my housekeeping standards sank long ago!). I'll email the garden guys to do the yard clean up, sign on for a boatload of mulch, visit the garden centers and bring home some new plants and get those in–beyond that, I'm not much of a gardener (the allergies remind me of that each year!).  
 
Spring can be so energizing and lovely, but deadlines take precedence over seasonal changes. If there's time, I might tackle my office and sort out the papers and books, dust off the knicky-noos, or clean the closets, haul some things off to Good Will and generally straighten up. But spring cleaning is often an ideal more than a reality. This spring I'm working toward a deadline–so if I get anything done beyond opening the doors to let the fresh air dance around and blow out the old air, I'm doing good! The rest can wait a bit!    
 
Wench cleaning bear andreaAndrea admits cleaning isn't something she thinks about much:
 
Spring cleaning . . . hmmm, does that mean we only have to think about scrubbing and vacuuming four times a year? Now that’s an idea I could readily embrace! I am  not one of those people who subscribe to the “cleanliness is next to godliness” view of the world.  I do like things moderately neat, but a wee bit of dust here and there peacefully coexist. I do take a rather odd satisfaction in reordering my clothes drawers for the seasons. Winter sweaters go into storage closets as I delight in neatly folding spring top in lovely orderly piles. They look so organized . . . for about a day. My idea of luxury is having house elves, who would joyfully come in and scrub the bathroom every week. (Teddy heard me grumbling and has volunteered to take on those duties, in addition to copyediting myy manuscripts. I think he deserves an extra pot of honey.)
 
Mary Jo joins in with:

I've known people for whom spring cleaning is a near sacred rite, using toothbrushes to scrub Wench duck mjogrout, moving furniture to see what lurks below, and excavating cabinets and closets. 

I am not one of that breed.  I like to maintain a general orderliness, but to be honest, if I can't see dust and murky accumulations, they don't bother me.  I'm on the short side, so I am blithely unconcerned about the tops of bookcases and the dusty moldings.  My house is large, and many strange and curious things can migrate into hidden places.  On the whole, I believe in letting them rest in peace. 

Spring is often a time for general medical and dental appointments for me and the cats.  It's also a time to get the deck pressure washed and to think about what flowers to plant in the boxes out there. 

I notice flowers a great deal more than dust. <G> 

 

What about you? Are you planning an overhaul of the house, or your body, or your computer right about now as the seasons change?

 

 

115 thoughts on “Spring Cleaning”

  1. I’m less of a spring cleaner and more of a oh-my-gosh-I-can’t-stand-this-mess-a-moment-longer cleaner. I reached that point this week with my linen closet. It took two days to empty, sort, wash, dry, refold, and reorganize but, oh my, what a difference! I left the closet door open all day yesterday just so I could bask in its beauty every time I walked into the bathroom. And, as a bonus, I have two bags of old -but perfectly good – towels to donate to the local animal shelter. Everybody wins!

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  2. I’m less of a spring cleaner and more of a oh-my-gosh-I-can’t-stand-this-mess-a-moment-longer cleaner. I reached that point this week with my linen closet. It took two days to empty, sort, wash, dry, refold, and reorganize but, oh my, what a difference! I left the closet door open all day yesterday just so I could bask in its beauty every time I walked into the bathroom. And, as a bonus, I have two bags of old -but perfectly good – towels to donate to the local animal shelter. Everybody wins!

    Reply
  3. I’m less of a spring cleaner and more of a oh-my-gosh-I-can’t-stand-this-mess-a-moment-longer cleaner. I reached that point this week with my linen closet. It took two days to empty, sort, wash, dry, refold, and reorganize but, oh my, what a difference! I left the closet door open all day yesterday just so I could bask in its beauty every time I walked into the bathroom. And, as a bonus, I have two bags of old -but perfectly good – towels to donate to the local animal shelter. Everybody wins!

    Reply
  4. I’m less of a spring cleaner and more of a oh-my-gosh-I-can’t-stand-this-mess-a-moment-longer cleaner. I reached that point this week with my linen closet. It took two days to empty, sort, wash, dry, refold, and reorganize but, oh my, what a difference! I left the closet door open all day yesterday just so I could bask in its beauty every time I walked into the bathroom. And, as a bonus, I have two bags of old -but perfectly good – towels to donate to the local animal shelter. Everybody wins!

    Reply
  5. I’m less of a spring cleaner and more of a oh-my-gosh-I-can’t-stand-this-mess-a-moment-longer cleaner. I reached that point this week with my linen closet. It took two days to empty, sort, wash, dry, refold, and reorganize but, oh my, what a difference! I left the closet door open all day yesterday just so I could bask in its beauty every time I walked into the bathroom. And, as a bonus, I have two bags of old -but perfectly good – towels to donate to the local animal shelter. Everybody wins!

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  6. I seem to do nothing else but clean. I have a big house and I find if I don’t keep on top of it, IT gets on top of me!! I’ve been working on my husband (like a dripping tap) to try and get him to sell and move to something smaller. It would be bliss!! But whatever about cleaning, as soon as Spring has sprung, I’m out in the garden (when it stops raining here!). From then until late Autumn I’m out there for as much time as I can manage and to hell with the house. I love weeding. I find it therapeutic. Watching all my hard work there flower and blossom is one of the greatest feelings of all.

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  7. I seem to do nothing else but clean. I have a big house and I find if I don’t keep on top of it, IT gets on top of me!! I’ve been working on my husband (like a dripping tap) to try and get him to sell and move to something smaller. It would be bliss!! But whatever about cleaning, as soon as Spring has sprung, I’m out in the garden (when it stops raining here!). From then until late Autumn I’m out there for as much time as I can manage and to hell with the house. I love weeding. I find it therapeutic. Watching all my hard work there flower and blossom is one of the greatest feelings of all.

    Reply
  8. I seem to do nothing else but clean. I have a big house and I find if I don’t keep on top of it, IT gets on top of me!! I’ve been working on my husband (like a dripping tap) to try and get him to sell and move to something smaller. It would be bliss!! But whatever about cleaning, as soon as Spring has sprung, I’m out in the garden (when it stops raining here!). From then until late Autumn I’m out there for as much time as I can manage and to hell with the house. I love weeding. I find it therapeutic. Watching all my hard work there flower and blossom is one of the greatest feelings of all.

    Reply
  9. I seem to do nothing else but clean. I have a big house and I find if I don’t keep on top of it, IT gets on top of me!! I’ve been working on my husband (like a dripping tap) to try and get him to sell and move to something smaller. It would be bliss!! But whatever about cleaning, as soon as Spring has sprung, I’m out in the garden (when it stops raining here!). From then until late Autumn I’m out there for as much time as I can manage and to hell with the house. I love weeding. I find it therapeutic. Watching all my hard work there flower and blossom is one of the greatest feelings of all.

    Reply
  10. I seem to do nothing else but clean. I have a big house and I find if I don’t keep on top of it, IT gets on top of me!! I’ve been working on my husband (like a dripping tap) to try and get him to sell and move to something smaller. It would be bliss!! But whatever about cleaning, as soon as Spring has sprung, I’m out in the garden (when it stops raining here!). From then until late Autumn I’m out there for as much time as I can manage and to hell with the house. I love weeding. I find it therapeutic. Watching all my hard work there flower and blossom is one of the greatest feelings of all.

    Reply
  11. I gave up seasonal cleaning about 60 years ago! As a fully employed single parent, there was not time for it then. And I so no reason to return to it when I retired. So, most weeks, I clean a room or 2 each week day, attacking some dark corner and “a lick and a promise” for the rest of that area. This gives me a house tolerably free of dust, reasonably unburdened with stacks of “waiting to be put-away”‘s, and lots of energy. Since this type of cleaning takes about 1/2 hour daily, it doesn’t use up too much energy. I DO schedule an under-the-bed cleaning quarterly for both bedrooms. The schedule comes up on my computer to remind me.
    I envy all you gardeners; time and age have largely deprived me of this joy. (I have some lovely African violets, but that’s it. Although I’m trying to find a way to add herbs.

    Reply
  12. I gave up seasonal cleaning about 60 years ago! As a fully employed single parent, there was not time for it then. And I so no reason to return to it when I retired. So, most weeks, I clean a room or 2 each week day, attacking some dark corner and “a lick and a promise” for the rest of that area. This gives me a house tolerably free of dust, reasonably unburdened with stacks of “waiting to be put-away”‘s, and lots of energy. Since this type of cleaning takes about 1/2 hour daily, it doesn’t use up too much energy. I DO schedule an under-the-bed cleaning quarterly for both bedrooms. The schedule comes up on my computer to remind me.
    I envy all you gardeners; time and age have largely deprived me of this joy. (I have some lovely African violets, but that’s it. Although I’m trying to find a way to add herbs.

    Reply
  13. I gave up seasonal cleaning about 60 years ago! As a fully employed single parent, there was not time for it then. And I so no reason to return to it when I retired. So, most weeks, I clean a room or 2 each week day, attacking some dark corner and “a lick and a promise” for the rest of that area. This gives me a house tolerably free of dust, reasonably unburdened with stacks of “waiting to be put-away”‘s, and lots of energy. Since this type of cleaning takes about 1/2 hour daily, it doesn’t use up too much energy. I DO schedule an under-the-bed cleaning quarterly for both bedrooms. The schedule comes up on my computer to remind me.
    I envy all you gardeners; time and age have largely deprived me of this joy. (I have some lovely African violets, but that’s it. Although I’m trying to find a way to add herbs.

    Reply
  14. I gave up seasonal cleaning about 60 years ago! As a fully employed single parent, there was not time for it then. And I so no reason to return to it when I retired. So, most weeks, I clean a room or 2 each week day, attacking some dark corner and “a lick and a promise” for the rest of that area. This gives me a house tolerably free of dust, reasonably unburdened with stacks of “waiting to be put-away”‘s, and lots of energy. Since this type of cleaning takes about 1/2 hour daily, it doesn’t use up too much energy. I DO schedule an under-the-bed cleaning quarterly for both bedrooms. The schedule comes up on my computer to remind me.
    I envy all you gardeners; time and age have largely deprived me of this joy. (I have some lovely African violets, but that’s it. Although I’m trying to find a way to add herbs.

    Reply
  15. I gave up seasonal cleaning about 60 years ago! As a fully employed single parent, there was not time for it then. And I so no reason to return to it when I retired. So, most weeks, I clean a room or 2 each week day, attacking some dark corner and “a lick and a promise” for the rest of that area. This gives me a house tolerably free of dust, reasonably unburdened with stacks of “waiting to be put-away”‘s, and lots of energy. Since this type of cleaning takes about 1/2 hour daily, it doesn’t use up too much energy. I DO schedule an under-the-bed cleaning quarterly for both bedrooms. The schedule comes up on my computer to remind me.
    I envy all you gardeners; time and age have largely deprived me of this joy. (I have some lovely African violets, but that’s it. Although I’m trying to find a way to add herbs.

    Reply
  16. Anne – I use the Marie Kondo ideas, too. If I put everything I’ve ever thrown out in one room, it would be a mountain to the ceiling with spillover into the hallway.
    There’s a big lamp I keep hoping will no longer work, so I can get rid of it and not replace it.
    As far as cleaning goes I only do it when it really gets to me, and I have a very high tolerance for dust.
    Scrubbing the tub is the one chore I only do once a month. It gets a cleaning as quickly as possible.
    The only place I clean consistently is the kitchen. Of course my kitchen is the typical small space in NYC apartments – 6′ x 3′ walk-in space with the sink, cupboards, and appliances on the outside of the 3′- across space.

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  17. Anne – I use the Marie Kondo ideas, too. If I put everything I’ve ever thrown out in one room, it would be a mountain to the ceiling with spillover into the hallway.
    There’s a big lamp I keep hoping will no longer work, so I can get rid of it and not replace it.
    As far as cleaning goes I only do it when it really gets to me, and I have a very high tolerance for dust.
    Scrubbing the tub is the one chore I only do once a month. It gets a cleaning as quickly as possible.
    The only place I clean consistently is the kitchen. Of course my kitchen is the typical small space in NYC apartments – 6′ x 3′ walk-in space with the sink, cupboards, and appliances on the outside of the 3′- across space.

    Reply
  18. Anne – I use the Marie Kondo ideas, too. If I put everything I’ve ever thrown out in one room, it would be a mountain to the ceiling with spillover into the hallway.
    There’s a big lamp I keep hoping will no longer work, so I can get rid of it and not replace it.
    As far as cleaning goes I only do it when it really gets to me, and I have a very high tolerance for dust.
    Scrubbing the tub is the one chore I only do once a month. It gets a cleaning as quickly as possible.
    The only place I clean consistently is the kitchen. Of course my kitchen is the typical small space in NYC apartments – 6′ x 3′ walk-in space with the sink, cupboards, and appliances on the outside of the 3′- across space.

    Reply
  19. Anne – I use the Marie Kondo ideas, too. If I put everything I’ve ever thrown out in one room, it would be a mountain to the ceiling with spillover into the hallway.
    There’s a big lamp I keep hoping will no longer work, so I can get rid of it and not replace it.
    As far as cleaning goes I only do it when it really gets to me, and I have a very high tolerance for dust.
    Scrubbing the tub is the one chore I only do once a month. It gets a cleaning as quickly as possible.
    The only place I clean consistently is the kitchen. Of course my kitchen is the typical small space in NYC apartments – 6′ x 3′ walk-in space with the sink, cupboards, and appliances on the outside of the 3′- across space.

    Reply
  20. Anne – I use the Marie Kondo ideas, too. If I put everything I’ve ever thrown out in one room, it would be a mountain to the ceiling with spillover into the hallway.
    There’s a big lamp I keep hoping will no longer work, so I can get rid of it and not replace it.
    As far as cleaning goes I only do it when it really gets to me, and I have a very high tolerance for dust.
    Scrubbing the tub is the one chore I only do once a month. It gets a cleaning as quickly as possible.
    The only place I clean consistently is the kitchen. Of course my kitchen is the typical small space in NYC apartments – 6′ x 3′ walk-in space with the sink, cupboards, and appliances on the outside of the 3′- across space.

    Reply
  21. Thanks, Patricia, I know the Marie Kondo thing works, and I do it a drawer or a cupboard at a time. And a friend of mine managed to declutter her books by 2000 books, using the “does it spark joy?” method. I also get regular charity collections, so quite a lot has gone. But the idea of doing a whole house is a wee bit intimidating. Especially as I’m also needing to write at the same time. The house needs to be totally emptied and the dog and I have to move out so that the work can be done It’s a big job.

    Reply
  22. Thanks, Patricia, I know the Marie Kondo thing works, and I do it a drawer or a cupboard at a time. And a friend of mine managed to declutter her books by 2000 books, using the “does it spark joy?” method. I also get regular charity collections, so quite a lot has gone. But the idea of doing a whole house is a wee bit intimidating. Especially as I’m also needing to write at the same time. The house needs to be totally emptied and the dog and I have to move out so that the work can be done It’s a big job.

    Reply
  23. Thanks, Patricia, I know the Marie Kondo thing works, and I do it a drawer or a cupboard at a time. And a friend of mine managed to declutter her books by 2000 books, using the “does it spark joy?” method. I also get regular charity collections, so quite a lot has gone. But the idea of doing a whole house is a wee bit intimidating. Especially as I’m also needing to write at the same time. The house needs to be totally emptied and the dog and I have to move out so that the work can be done It’s a big job.

    Reply
  24. Thanks, Patricia, I know the Marie Kondo thing works, and I do it a drawer or a cupboard at a time. And a friend of mine managed to declutter her books by 2000 books, using the “does it spark joy?” method. I also get regular charity collections, so quite a lot has gone. But the idea of doing a whole house is a wee bit intimidating. Especially as I’m also needing to write at the same time. The house needs to be totally emptied and the dog and I have to move out so that the work can be done It’s a big job.

    Reply
  25. Thanks, Patricia, I know the Marie Kondo thing works, and I do it a drawer or a cupboard at a time. And a friend of mine managed to declutter her books by 2000 books, using the “does it spark joy?” method. I also get regular charity collections, so quite a lot has gone. But the idea of doing a whole house is a wee bit intimidating. Especially as I’m also needing to write at the same time. The house needs to be totally emptied and the dog and I have to move out so that the work can be done It’s a big job.

    Reply
  26. I have no time for autumn cleaning at the moment, especially as we have workmen here building us a new deck. In fact, I flew home from Heathrow a few days ago, and my suitcase is still living in my bedroom until I can find somewhere to store all the clothes in it!
    “Even though it’s autumn in Australia (we don’t say “fall” — it’s always “autumn”)”
    YES! I’m reading a Regency romance at the moment and going insane because the author keeps referring to “the fall” instead of autumn…

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  27. I have no time for autumn cleaning at the moment, especially as we have workmen here building us a new deck. In fact, I flew home from Heathrow a few days ago, and my suitcase is still living in my bedroom until I can find somewhere to store all the clothes in it!
    “Even though it’s autumn in Australia (we don’t say “fall” — it’s always “autumn”)”
    YES! I’m reading a Regency romance at the moment and going insane because the author keeps referring to “the fall” instead of autumn…

    Reply
  28. I have no time for autumn cleaning at the moment, especially as we have workmen here building us a new deck. In fact, I flew home from Heathrow a few days ago, and my suitcase is still living in my bedroom until I can find somewhere to store all the clothes in it!
    “Even though it’s autumn in Australia (we don’t say “fall” — it’s always “autumn”)”
    YES! I’m reading a Regency romance at the moment and going insane because the author keeps referring to “the fall” instead of autumn…

    Reply
  29. I have no time for autumn cleaning at the moment, especially as we have workmen here building us a new deck. In fact, I flew home from Heathrow a few days ago, and my suitcase is still living in my bedroom until I can find somewhere to store all the clothes in it!
    “Even though it’s autumn in Australia (we don’t say “fall” — it’s always “autumn”)”
    YES! I’m reading a Regency romance at the moment and going insane because the author keeps referring to “the fall” instead of autumn…

    Reply
  30. I have no time for autumn cleaning at the moment, especially as we have workmen here building us a new deck. In fact, I flew home from Heathrow a few days ago, and my suitcase is still living in my bedroom until I can find somewhere to store all the clothes in it!
    “Even though it’s autumn in Australia (we don’t say “fall” — it’s always “autumn”)”
    YES! I’m reading a Regency romance at the moment and going insane because the author keeps referring to “the fall” instead of autumn…

    Reply
  31. We did a serious spring cleaning last year. How serious? Well, we packed up the things we wished to keep and sold the rest. We had an estate sale and then sold the house and acreage and moved into a condo. We have very little and continue to get rid of things that we kept. I am not OCD, but I do have tendencies as does my husband. You can pretty much eat off of every surface in my condo, including the floor. LOL Soooo I guess our spring cleaning is that we want to plant some flowers in our little strip of lawn! It’s supposed to be 70 degrees here in Oklahoma today so I’m sure we will be feeling the pull of spring!

    Reply
  32. We did a serious spring cleaning last year. How serious? Well, we packed up the things we wished to keep and sold the rest. We had an estate sale and then sold the house and acreage and moved into a condo. We have very little and continue to get rid of things that we kept. I am not OCD, but I do have tendencies as does my husband. You can pretty much eat off of every surface in my condo, including the floor. LOL Soooo I guess our spring cleaning is that we want to plant some flowers in our little strip of lawn! It’s supposed to be 70 degrees here in Oklahoma today so I’m sure we will be feeling the pull of spring!

    Reply
  33. We did a serious spring cleaning last year. How serious? Well, we packed up the things we wished to keep and sold the rest. We had an estate sale and then sold the house and acreage and moved into a condo. We have very little and continue to get rid of things that we kept. I am not OCD, but I do have tendencies as does my husband. You can pretty much eat off of every surface in my condo, including the floor. LOL Soooo I guess our spring cleaning is that we want to plant some flowers in our little strip of lawn! It’s supposed to be 70 degrees here in Oklahoma today so I’m sure we will be feeling the pull of spring!

    Reply
  34. We did a serious spring cleaning last year. How serious? Well, we packed up the things we wished to keep and sold the rest. We had an estate sale and then sold the house and acreage and moved into a condo. We have very little and continue to get rid of things that we kept. I am not OCD, but I do have tendencies as does my husband. You can pretty much eat off of every surface in my condo, including the floor. LOL Soooo I guess our spring cleaning is that we want to plant some flowers in our little strip of lawn! It’s supposed to be 70 degrees here in Oklahoma today so I’m sure we will be feeling the pull of spring!

    Reply
  35. We did a serious spring cleaning last year. How serious? Well, we packed up the things we wished to keep and sold the rest. We had an estate sale and then sold the house and acreage and moved into a condo. We have very little and continue to get rid of things that we kept. I am not OCD, but I do have tendencies as does my husband. You can pretty much eat off of every surface in my condo, including the floor. LOL Soooo I guess our spring cleaning is that we want to plant some flowers in our little strip of lawn! It’s supposed to be 70 degrees here in Oklahoma today so I’m sure we will be feeling the pull of spring!

    Reply
  36. Once upon a time, in an era far, far away, I could do that kind of thing. (the operative word is could) But to be honest, I really do not do any spring cleaning on a regular basis. When I think about it, when I move from one house to another, I outdo myself cleaning. Other than that, my house looks good, but don’t run a finger over the top of a picture. It may or may not come away dusty.

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  37. Once upon a time, in an era far, far away, I could do that kind of thing. (the operative word is could) But to be honest, I really do not do any spring cleaning on a regular basis. When I think about it, when I move from one house to another, I outdo myself cleaning. Other than that, my house looks good, but don’t run a finger over the top of a picture. It may or may not come away dusty.

    Reply
  38. Once upon a time, in an era far, far away, I could do that kind of thing. (the operative word is could) But to be honest, I really do not do any spring cleaning on a regular basis. When I think about it, when I move from one house to another, I outdo myself cleaning. Other than that, my house looks good, but don’t run a finger over the top of a picture. It may or may not come away dusty.

    Reply
  39. Once upon a time, in an era far, far away, I could do that kind of thing. (the operative word is could) But to be honest, I really do not do any spring cleaning on a regular basis. When I think about it, when I move from one house to another, I outdo myself cleaning. Other than that, my house looks good, but don’t run a finger over the top of a picture. It may or may not come away dusty.

    Reply
  40. Once upon a time, in an era far, far away, I could do that kind of thing. (the operative word is could) But to be honest, I really do not do any spring cleaning on a regular basis. When I think about it, when I move from one house to another, I outdo myself cleaning. Other than that, my house looks good, but don’t run a finger over the top of a picture. It may or may not come away dusty.

    Reply
  41. I don’t do seasonal cleaning. Instead I try to do one thing one day (like clean the floor) and something else on another day(clean the windows or something). And I’m constantly looking at my things thinking “do I really need that anymore or should I sell it?”

    Reply
  42. I don’t do seasonal cleaning. Instead I try to do one thing one day (like clean the floor) and something else on another day(clean the windows or something). And I’m constantly looking at my things thinking “do I really need that anymore or should I sell it?”

    Reply
  43. I don’t do seasonal cleaning. Instead I try to do one thing one day (like clean the floor) and something else on another day(clean the windows or something). And I’m constantly looking at my things thinking “do I really need that anymore or should I sell it?”

    Reply
  44. I don’t do seasonal cleaning. Instead I try to do one thing one day (like clean the floor) and something else on another day(clean the windows or something). And I’m constantly looking at my things thinking “do I really need that anymore or should I sell it?”

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  45. I don’t do seasonal cleaning. Instead I try to do one thing one day (like clean the floor) and something else on another day(clean the windows or something). And I’m constantly looking at my things thinking “do I really need that anymore or should I sell it?”

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  46. Mostly I’m just hoping to get my taxes done by April 15th, so that’ll be a financial spring cleaning of a sort.
    And if it ever warms up, I want to wash the windows so I can look out on my garden and see the birds better.
    My cleanliness standards have definitely gotten worse over the years.

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  47. Mostly I’m just hoping to get my taxes done by April 15th, so that’ll be a financial spring cleaning of a sort.
    And if it ever warms up, I want to wash the windows so I can look out on my garden and see the birds better.
    My cleanliness standards have definitely gotten worse over the years.

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  48. Mostly I’m just hoping to get my taxes done by April 15th, so that’ll be a financial spring cleaning of a sort.
    And if it ever warms up, I want to wash the windows so I can look out on my garden and see the birds better.
    My cleanliness standards have definitely gotten worse over the years.

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  49. Mostly I’m just hoping to get my taxes done by April 15th, so that’ll be a financial spring cleaning of a sort.
    And if it ever warms up, I want to wash the windows so I can look out on my garden and see the birds better.
    My cleanliness standards have definitely gotten worse over the years.

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  50. Mostly I’m just hoping to get my taxes done by April 15th, so that’ll be a financial spring cleaning of a sort.
    And if it ever warms up, I want to wash the windows so I can look out on my garden and see the birds better.
    My cleanliness standards have definitely gotten worse over the years.

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  51. Gardening. Oh lord, that makes me so happy.
    I can’t do much in the actual ground because the soil is thin and rocky here on top of the mountain. But I have many containers on the back porch where the deer can’t get to it.
    I wish you all the luck in the world moving to a small cozy place that doesn’t take so much of your life (but still has a big fertile garden.)

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  52. Gardening. Oh lord, that makes me so happy.
    I can’t do much in the actual ground because the soil is thin and rocky here on top of the mountain. But I have many containers on the back porch where the deer can’t get to it.
    I wish you all the luck in the world moving to a small cozy place that doesn’t take so much of your life (but still has a big fertile garden.)

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  53. Gardening. Oh lord, that makes me so happy.
    I can’t do much in the actual ground because the soil is thin and rocky here on top of the mountain. But I have many containers on the back porch where the deer can’t get to it.
    I wish you all the luck in the world moving to a small cozy place that doesn’t take so much of your life (but still has a big fertile garden.)

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  54. Gardening. Oh lord, that makes me so happy.
    I can’t do much in the actual ground because the soil is thin and rocky here on top of the mountain. But I have many containers on the back porch where the deer can’t get to it.
    I wish you all the luck in the world moving to a small cozy place that doesn’t take so much of your life (but still has a big fertile garden.)

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  55. Gardening. Oh lord, that makes me so happy.
    I can’t do much in the actual ground because the soil is thin and rocky here on top of the mountain. But I have many containers on the back porch where the deer can’t get to it.
    I wish you all the luck in the world moving to a small cozy place that doesn’t take so much of your life (but still has a big fertile garden.)

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  56. I love to give old fluffly towels to the SPCA. Warms me up inside to know they’ll be put to use that way. (Well, I keep on raggedy one once in a while for rags. Nothing like an old towel for a rag.
    But mostly it’s for the dogs and kitties. I think of them sleeping on them. Old sweaters with worn out sleeves, too. The joy I had wearing these things is maybe a comfort to the puppies.

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  57. I love to give old fluffly towels to the SPCA. Warms me up inside to know they’ll be put to use that way. (Well, I keep on raggedy one once in a while for rags. Nothing like an old towel for a rag.
    But mostly it’s for the dogs and kitties. I think of them sleeping on them. Old sweaters with worn out sleeves, too. The joy I had wearing these things is maybe a comfort to the puppies.

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  58. I love to give old fluffly towels to the SPCA. Warms me up inside to know they’ll be put to use that way. (Well, I keep on raggedy one once in a while for rags. Nothing like an old towel for a rag.
    But mostly it’s for the dogs and kitties. I think of them sleeping on them. Old sweaters with worn out sleeves, too. The joy I had wearing these things is maybe a comfort to the puppies.

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  59. I love to give old fluffly towels to the SPCA. Warms me up inside to know they’ll be put to use that way. (Well, I keep on raggedy one once in a while for rags. Nothing like an old towel for a rag.
    But mostly it’s for the dogs and kitties. I think of them sleeping on them. Old sweaters with worn out sleeves, too. The joy I had wearing these things is maybe a comfort to the puppies.

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  60. I love to give old fluffly towels to the SPCA. Warms me up inside to know they’ll be put to use that way. (Well, I keep on raggedy one once in a while for rags. Nothing like an old towel for a rag.
    But mostly it’s for the dogs and kitties. I think of them sleeping on them. Old sweaters with worn out sleeves, too. The joy I had wearing these things is maybe a comfort to the puppies.

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  61. Let me apologize for taking so long to get back to you. I’m adding a new portable computer to my system and it’s messed up everything.
    I could see messages, but not reply to them. :[

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  62. Let me apologize for taking so long to get back to you. I’m adding a new portable computer to my system and it’s messed up everything.
    I could see messages, but not reply to them. :[

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  63. Let me apologize for taking so long to get back to you. I’m adding a new portable computer to my system and it’s messed up everything.
    I could see messages, but not reply to them. :[

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  64. Let me apologize for taking so long to get back to you. I’m adding a new portable computer to my system and it’s messed up everything.
    I could see messages, but not reply to them. :[

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  65. Let me apologize for taking so long to get back to you. I’m adding a new portable computer to my system and it’s messed up everything.
    I could see messages, but not reply to them. :[

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  66. I’m a more ‘fits and starts’ cleaning person. meself.
    I do herbs and mixed salad greens in 2X3 plastic storage bins, about 6 inches deep. They sell them very cheaply at the big box stores. They have tops that I throw out.
    I fill them with soil and let them sit to the side on the porch and pull meschum salad greens to my heart’s content, or just snack on it when I’m sitting and reading.

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  67. I’m a more ‘fits and starts’ cleaning person. meself.
    I do herbs and mixed salad greens in 2X3 plastic storage bins, about 6 inches deep. They sell them very cheaply at the big box stores. They have tops that I throw out.
    I fill them with soil and let them sit to the side on the porch and pull meschum salad greens to my heart’s content, or just snack on it when I’m sitting and reading.

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  68. I’m a more ‘fits and starts’ cleaning person. meself.
    I do herbs and mixed salad greens in 2X3 plastic storage bins, about 6 inches deep. They sell them very cheaply at the big box stores. They have tops that I throw out.
    I fill them with soil and let them sit to the side on the porch and pull meschum salad greens to my heart’s content, or just snack on it when I’m sitting and reading.

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  69. I’m a more ‘fits and starts’ cleaning person. meself.
    I do herbs and mixed salad greens in 2X3 plastic storage bins, about 6 inches deep. They sell them very cheaply at the big box stores. They have tops that I throw out.
    I fill them with soil and let them sit to the side on the porch and pull meschum salad greens to my heart’s content, or just snack on it when I’m sitting and reading.

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  70. I’m a more ‘fits and starts’ cleaning person. meself.
    I do herbs and mixed salad greens in 2X3 plastic storage bins, about 6 inches deep. They sell them very cheaply at the big box stores. They have tops that I throw out.
    I fill them with soil and let them sit to the side on the porch and pull meschum salad greens to my heart’s content, or just snack on it when I’m sitting and reading.

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  71. I would let my suitcases just sit and mellow for a while after every trip, except I generally have essential stuff like my toothbrush hidden right in the bottom. Much of my life is ruled by forgetfulness.
    Your Regency people would probably have said autumn. Their grandparents would have been likely to say ‘fall’. It’s one of those cases where Americans kept to an older form and England moved on.
    http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2012/09/29/why_does_autumn_have_two_names_how_the_third_season_became_both_autumn_and_fall_.html
    See also ‘have gotten’.

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  72. I would let my suitcases just sit and mellow for a while after every trip, except I generally have essential stuff like my toothbrush hidden right in the bottom. Much of my life is ruled by forgetfulness.
    Your Regency people would probably have said autumn. Their grandparents would have been likely to say ‘fall’. It’s one of those cases where Americans kept to an older form and England moved on.
    http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2012/09/29/why_does_autumn_have_two_names_how_the_third_season_became_both_autumn_and_fall_.html
    See also ‘have gotten’.

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  73. I would let my suitcases just sit and mellow for a while after every trip, except I generally have essential stuff like my toothbrush hidden right in the bottom. Much of my life is ruled by forgetfulness.
    Your Regency people would probably have said autumn. Their grandparents would have been likely to say ‘fall’. It’s one of those cases where Americans kept to an older form and England moved on.
    http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2012/09/29/why_does_autumn_have_two_names_how_the_third_season_became_both_autumn_and_fall_.html
    See also ‘have gotten’.

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  74. I would let my suitcases just sit and mellow for a while after every trip, except I generally have essential stuff like my toothbrush hidden right in the bottom. Much of my life is ruled by forgetfulness.
    Your Regency people would probably have said autumn. Their grandparents would have been likely to say ‘fall’. It’s one of those cases where Americans kept to an older form and England moved on.
    http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2012/09/29/why_does_autumn_have_two_names_how_the_third_season_became_both_autumn_and_fall_.html
    See also ‘have gotten’.

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  75. I would let my suitcases just sit and mellow for a while after every trip, except I generally have essential stuff like my toothbrush hidden right in the bottom. Much of my life is ruled by forgetfulness.
    Your Regency people would probably have said autumn. Their grandparents would have been likely to say ‘fall’. It’s one of those cases where Americans kept to an older form and England moved on.
    http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2012/09/29/why_does_autumn_have_two_names_how_the_third_season_became_both_autumn_and_fall_.html
    See also ‘have gotten’.

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  76. Oh boy, THAT sounds like serious Spring Cleaning.
    Or … I guess it sounds like a life stage. We clean house and do the consolidate and discard thing when we move on to new adventures. It’s kinda like filling up a back pack and setting off for Rivendell.
    I still have a good bit of snow on the ground from the last ice storm. The daffodils were badly hit. (I managed to bring a dozen inside on that last night with the wind howling around me and cutting like knives.)
    But I had not put out any little plants. I went around the kitchen last night watering my herbs and the fuchsias. I told them they should be glad they were inside and they allagreed.

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  77. Oh boy, THAT sounds like serious Spring Cleaning.
    Or … I guess it sounds like a life stage. We clean house and do the consolidate and discard thing when we move on to new adventures. It’s kinda like filling up a back pack and setting off for Rivendell.
    I still have a good bit of snow on the ground from the last ice storm. The daffodils were badly hit. (I managed to bring a dozen inside on that last night with the wind howling around me and cutting like knives.)
    But I had not put out any little plants. I went around the kitchen last night watering my herbs and the fuchsias. I told them they should be glad they were inside and they allagreed.

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  78. Oh boy, THAT sounds like serious Spring Cleaning.
    Or … I guess it sounds like a life stage. We clean house and do the consolidate and discard thing when we move on to new adventures. It’s kinda like filling up a back pack and setting off for Rivendell.
    I still have a good bit of snow on the ground from the last ice storm. The daffodils were badly hit. (I managed to bring a dozen inside on that last night with the wind howling around me and cutting like knives.)
    But I had not put out any little plants. I went around the kitchen last night watering my herbs and the fuchsias. I told them they should be glad they were inside and they allagreed.

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  79. Oh boy, THAT sounds like serious Spring Cleaning.
    Or … I guess it sounds like a life stage. We clean house and do the consolidate and discard thing when we move on to new adventures. It’s kinda like filling up a back pack and setting off for Rivendell.
    I still have a good bit of snow on the ground from the last ice storm. The daffodils were badly hit. (I managed to bring a dozen inside on that last night with the wind howling around me and cutting like knives.)
    But I had not put out any little plants. I went around the kitchen last night watering my herbs and the fuchsias. I told them they should be glad they were inside and they allagreed.

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  80. Oh boy, THAT sounds like serious Spring Cleaning.
    Or … I guess it sounds like a life stage. We clean house and do the consolidate and discard thing when we move on to new adventures. It’s kinda like filling up a back pack and setting off for Rivendell.
    I still have a good bit of snow on the ground from the last ice storm. The daffodils were badly hit. (I managed to bring a dozen inside on that last night with the wind howling around me and cutting like knives.)
    But I had not put out any little plants. I went around the kitchen last night watering my herbs and the fuchsias. I told them they should be glad they were inside and they allagreed.

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  81. If the house looks good and feels comfortable — that’s good enough, says I. The dust on the picture tops is an artistic statement.
    I am fussy and demanding in housekeeping. But I don’t want to do the cleaning. This is a dynamic equilibrium where I get up and clean when I notice the dog and cat hair taking over.
    In the middle of writing, I don’t notice, so things get a little grotty.
    And it is very much matter of ‘can’ for me too. I feel lucky I can still, slowly, very slowly, over a week or so, manage a deep cleaning once a year.

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  82. If the house looks good and feels comfortable — that’s good enough, says I. The dust on the picture tops is an artistic statement.
    I am fussy and demanding in housekeeping. But I don’t want to do the cleaning. This is a dynamic equilibrium where I get up and clean when I notice the dog and cat hair taking over.
    In the middle of writing, I don’t notice, so things get a little grotty.
    And it is very much matter of ‘can’ for me too. I feel lucky I can still, slowly, very slowly, over a week or so, manage a deep cleaning once a year.

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  83. If the house looks good and feels comfortable — that’s good enough, says I. The dust on the picture tops is an artistic statement.
    I am fussy and demanding in housekeeping. But I don’t want to do the cleaning. This is a dynamic equilibrium where I get up and clean when I notice the dog and cat hair taking over.
    In the middle of writing, I don’t notice, so things get a little grotty.
    And it is very much matter of ‘can’ for me too. I feel lucky I can still, slowly, very slowly, over a week or so, manage a deep cleaning once a year.

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  84. If the house looks good and feels comfortable — that’s good enough, says I. The dust on the picture tops is an artistic statement.
    I am fussy and demanding in housekeeping. But I don’t want to do the cleaning. This is a dynamic equilibrium where I get up and clean when I notice the dog and cat hair taking over.
    In the middle of writing, I don’t notice, so things get a little grotty.
    And it is very much matter of ‘can’ for me too. I feel lucky I can still, slowly, very slowly, over a week or so, manage a deep cleaning once a year.

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  85. If the house looks good and feels comfortable — that’s good enough, says I. The dust on the picture tops is an artistic statement.
    I am fussy and demanding in housekeeping. But I don’t want to do the cleaning. This is a dynamic equilibrium where I get up and clean when I notice the dog and cat hair taking over.
    In the middle of writing, I don’t notice, so things get a little grotty.
    And it is very much matter of ‘can’ for me too. I feel lucky I can still, slowly, very slowly, over a week or so, manage a deep cleaning once a year.

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  86. This is probably the wisest way to do this.
    And the continual reassessment of what we really need is the wisest thing of all.
    My downfall is books. My research books. My background reader. I cannot bear to let them go. The Internet — much as I love it — doesn’t replace most of this stuff.

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  87. This is probably the wisest way to do this.
    And the continual reassessment of what we really need is the wisest thing of all.
    My downfall is books. My research books. My background reader. I cannot bear to let them go. The Internet — much as I love it — doesn’t replace most of this stuff.

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  88. This is probably the wisest way to do this.
    And the continual reassessment of what we really need is the wisest thing of all.
    My downfall is books. My research books. My background reader. I cannot bear to let them go. The Internet — much as I love it — doesn’t replace most of this stuff.

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  89. This is probably the wisest way to do this.
    And the continual reassessment of what we really need is the wisest thing of all.
    My downfall is books. My research books. My background reader. I cannot bear to let them go. The Internet — much as I love it — doesn’t replace most of this stuff.

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  90. This is probably the wisest way to do this.
    And the continual reassessment of what we really need is the wisest thing of all.
    My downfall is books. My research books. My background reader. I cannot bear to let them go. The Internet — much as I love it — doesn’t replace most of this stuff.

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  91. Doing taxes is definitely a form of Spring Cleaning. I’ll start on some of that this evening when I look at the book formatting I’m in, neck-deep, and decide I can’t stand that any longer.
    Window cleaning is much underrated. It can change your whole mood. And it gives you the gift of sunlight.

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  92. Doing taxes is definitely a form of Spring Cleaning. I’ll start on some of that this evening when I look at the book formatting I’m in, neck-deep, and decide I can’t stand that any longer.
    Window cleaning is much underrated. It can change your whole mood. And it gives you the gift of sunlight.

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  93. Doing taxes is definitely a form of Spring Cleaning. I’ll start on some of that this evening when I look at the book formatting I’m in, neck-deep, and decide I can’t stand that any longer.
    Window cleaning is much underrated. It can change your whole mood. And it gives you the gift of sunlight.

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  94. Doing taxes is definitely a form of Spring Cleaning. I’ll start on some of that this evening when I look at the book formatting I’m in, neck-deep, and decide I can’t stand that any longer.
    Window cleaning is much underrated. It can change your whole mood. And it gives you the gift of sunlight.

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  95. Doing taxes is definitely a form of Spring Cleaning. I’ll start on some of that this evening when I look at the book formatting I’m in, neck-deep, and decide I can’t stand that any longer.
    Window cleaning is much underrated. It can change your whole mood. And it gives you the gift of sunlight.

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  96. I’ve been replacing some of my books with ebooks. I have only so much space. Of course there are books I can’t or don’t particularly wan’t to replace with ebooks, like cookbooks, comics, other books with lots of pictures etc. But books that contain only text and which are available as ebooks get replaced. And then I either sell the replaced books or swap them to other books on BookMooch.

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  97. I’ve been replacing some of my books with ebooks. I have only so much space. Of course there are books I can’t or don’t particularly wan’t to replace with ebooks, like cookbooks, comics, other books with lots of pictures etc. But books that contain only text and which are available as ebooks get replaced. And then I either sell the replaced books or swap them to other books on BookMooch.

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  98. I’ve been replacing some of my books with ebooks. I have only so much space. Of course there are books I can’t or don’t particularly wan’t to replace with ebooks, like cookbooks, comics, other books with lots of pictures etc. But books that contain only text and which are available as ebooks get replaced. And then I either sell the replaced books or swap them to other books on BookMooch.

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  99. I’ve been replacing some of my books with ebooks. I have only so much space. Of course there are books I can’t or don’t particularly wan’t to replace with ebooks, like cookbooks, comics, other books with lots of pictures etc. But books that contain only text and which are available as ebooks get replaced. And then I either sell the replaced books or swap them to other books on BookMooch.

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  100. I’ve been replacing some of my books with ebooks. I have only so much space. Of course there are books I can’t or don’t particularly wan’t to replace with ebooks, like cookbooks, comics, other books with lots of pictures etc. But books that contain only text and which are available as ebooks get replaced. And then I either sell the replaced books or swap them to other books on BookMooch.

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  101. The whole moving your books into e-book is a good and wise thing. It’s the future.
    I have a few books I swopped out for e-books.
    They were old books where the paper and binding had worth in and of itself. So I passed them on to folks who would appreciate owning the physical books,
    But mostly I want paper books. I don’t use my kindle much.

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  102. The whole moving your books into e-book is a good and wise thing. It’s the future.
    I have a few books I swopped out for e-books.
    They were old books where the paper and binding had worth in and of itself. So I passed them on to folks who would appreciate owning the physical books,
    But mostly I want paper books. I don’t use my kindle much.

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  103. The whole moving your books into e-book is a good and wise thing. It’s the future.
    I have a few books I swopped out for e-books.
    They were old books where the paper and binding had worth in and of itself. So I passed them on to folks who would appreciate owning the physical books,
    But mostly I want paper books. I don’t use my kindle much.

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  104. The whole moving your books into e-book is a good and wise thing. It’s the future.
    I have a few books I swopped out for e-books.
    They were old books where the paper and binding had worth in and of itself. So I passed them on to folks who would appreciate owning the physical books,
    But mostly I want paper books. I don’t use my kindle much.

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  105. The whole moving your books into e-book is a good and wise thing. It’s the future.
    I have a few books I swopped out for e-books.
    They were old books where the paper and binding had worth in and of itself. So I passed them on to folks who would appreciate owning the physical books,
    But mostly I want paper books. I don’t use my kindle much.

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