My house is never really "dirty." But it does get dusty, and cluttered somewhat part of the time. Since I am having company this week, (tomorrow in fact) for several days, Prof and I have been cleaning. Or should I say, Prof has been cleaning and I have been helping. She has cleaned the kitchen, wiped down the cabinets, deep cleaned the counter tops, scrubbed her bathroom and laundry room and generally swept and cleaned the living room. I was responsible for dusting. She hates to dust. I also cleaned my room and bath. I let my brother and sis in law use my room and I sleep upstairs on the spare bed in the attic. That way, they have a room with a door, and their own bathroom, although we share that most of the time. At least for showers. So, as of right now, the place sparkles, thanks in most part to Prof. I really appreciate all her enthusiasm and help. I was busy trying to help my son and family with their move yesterday, so I just sort of let her do her thing. Thank goodness! She is much more adept at this cleaning than I am. And a lot faster and fastidious, too.
The other half of the family finally got moved, and late yesterday afternoon, they turned the keys over to the new owner. Now that they are all in one spot, the unpacking and putting away can commence. Boy! They have a lot of stuff. My daughter-in-law said that she is going to go through every box and decide what is worth keeping, what has been used recently, and what to give to Salvation Army or Goodwill. I operate on the theory that if I haven't worn it or used it in the last 2 years, I get rid of it. Not counting some old favorites, like my Navy Pea Jacket that is over 40 years old, and doesn't even fit any more, but it was given to me by an old friend who served in the Navy, (in Cuba, and never wore it) so I hang onto it. I have a couple of favorite sweaters that I keep, even if I don't wear them often. Otherwise, the theory goes into effect. I got rid of all the clothes that I wore to teach in last year, after I decided that I wasn't going back. It's a once a year cleansing of the closet and the cupboards. Works for me. What do all of you do with your "stuff?"