Cleaning Frenzy

I’m looking back to my journal entry on New Years Day of 2009. That’s when my resolution started, to get rid of all the junk I don’t need.  I thought that perhaps I was too materialistic. More than a year later, I’m still going on that project. I mentioned it a few months back as well in another post.

To date, I estimate that I’ve thrown out or donated somewhere around 20 bags of stuff! I’ve donated 5 bags to the GoodWill in town in the last month alone, and my cleaning frenzy has been spreading to the rest of the house, which I assume my mom is grateful for. Because in a house this size there is a lot of room to hide old junk…

Some of the highlights have been uncovering a stash of poetry and journals from my younger days. This seems like proof that I’ve always been a creative person, because I’ve been writing and drawing since before I even learned cursive.  Here’s one from first grade:

“Those Magic Books”
There are windows
in my books
and they show
me the world

But back to the issue at hand! The more I clean, the more I realize how much stuff there is. There are trophies for soccer, and bible camp, there are books with titles like “If God Loves Me, Why Can’t I Get My Locker Open?”, sheet music from middle and high school bands, and lots of cruddy drawings from my life drawing class. What do I need all that for? The cleaning continues…

An ugly corner of the basement has recently become my new studio.

Notice the American Girl stuff, and the plaid coat that has not left this closet since we moved in.

Currently reading: The Unlikely Disciple by Kevin Roose

The journalist and protege of AJ Jacobs, author of ‘The Year of Living Biblically’, transfers from Brown University to Dr. Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University for a semester experience amongst evangelical christians. Roose define words like “testimony”, “witness”, and “devotions” for the average reader, but these are terms I’ve grown up with. His insights into the evangelical world, and incidentally also the alma mater of my former pastor, are honest and critical, but always open-minded. I’d definitely recommend the book.

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