November 9th Chaos Never Dies Day

Ever notice how when you put out one fire another one seems to start? It seems like when we are not dealing with chaos we are creating it. We create it in the roads we build, the ideas we try to garner support for, and in the relationships we live with. It seems to me that a lot of people are happier when they are surrounded by chaos. It gives them fires to put out, even when they might be better to let burn out themselves instead. Sometimes, even the answer to chaos is chaos. Sort of like the old saying, fight fire with fire. Maybe the answer to beating chaos is to not care. If you don’t care about anything then nothing can be chaotic.

How to celebrate – Look for all the chaos in your life. Learn how not to create your own chaos. Accept chaos as a norm, then it’s not chaos anymore.

May 10th Clean Up Your Room Day

You’ve been putting off. You know it needs to be done but still, there are so many other things you could do, like watch television, go have lunch, move a mountain over… which in many ways could be the same thing! It’s time to clean your room, make it presentable and maybe find a few of those lost items you’ve been looking for. Maybe even finding things you didn’t know you had! Admittedly kids are the worst, but adults don’t fall far behind. It is, after-all, your room and you should be able to keep it the way you want it, just close the door when guests come over and forget about something else on our list to do! The thing is, when we o clean our rooms we generally feel better about ourselves. Things in our life seem less complicated and easier to accept. So set your mind right today and start it out with a clean room, you’ll enjoy the change.

How to celebrate – Clean that room you’ve ignored. Treasure the items you thought you’d lost. Invite guests over to inspect your tidiness.

May 10th National Clean Up Your Room Day

Who knows what you might find if you actually cleaned up your room. Money? Jewels? A lost relative? Maybe you can even find yesterdays lost sock! Anyway, the point is, it needs to be cleaned up… you know, I know and probably even the neighbors know it.

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Now when one says their room, that does not necessarily mean it’s a bedroom. (Though it probably is) It could be any room in the house. The Bathroom, the garage, a game room… they all need to be cleaned. The best gauge for figuring what room needs it most is the room you can’t remember last cleaning!

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Yes, you may need to use some chemicals and protective wear but it will be worth it. Just think how you will feel after you’ve cleaned it up, I mean after the tired and grumpy part. You will feel so much better about yourself that you might even invite friends over, proud to show them a room they never knew existed. messy-room-e1493389483861

And you know when your dog starts to look at you like, “When are you going to do something about this” that maybe it’s gone a little too far. Or perhaps you may have lost a dog in there that you thought ran away from home! There is even a point when a dog gets tired of routing through all the dirty clothes, left over take out food and who knows what else might be in there?

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So go on, clean it up and today is the day to do it. You’ll feel better, your whole family will feel better and even your pets will feel better. Either that, or leave it a move away so someone else can do it !

How to celebrate – Well, duh… clean up your room. Off to help someone clean their room if they will help you clean yours. See if you can find Jimmy Hoffa buried in there!

May 10th National Clean Up Your Room Day

Okay, so our country is in a mess, the world is in a mess, our lives are in a mess and you really can’t do much about it. There is one thing you can make better, you can clean up your room (s) and actually accomplish something.

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I sort of like cleaning up messy rooms. I mean if it’s my own mess I find things that I thought were long gone, and if it’s somebody’s then you never know what treasure you might find next. True, most of the surprises are things you really don’t want to find but occasionally there is that rare gems in there among the trash.

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And once it is cleaned up it makes you feel so much better and you have that sense of accomplishment. “Look at what I did!” You can even give guided tours if you want!

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Of course if you are a pack-rat like me, then you have some tough decisions to make. You simply can’t keep it all, something has to go. And just putting all of it into another room and trashing it is not an answer. This is truly what garage sales are made for.

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I have been told that if you haven’t used the item in a year it’s time for it to go. The biggest problem with that is the stuff you haven’t used in a year is buried under all that stuff you have used in a year! If you sell it off at least you have gotten some value from it, money to probably buy more junk with! Well, whatever you are going to do, today is your day to start doing it!

How to celebrate [ Plan a garage sale to get rid of what you don;t need or want. Check your wardrobe for items that won;t even fit you anymore. (Yes, I know you are planning on losing weight and you may use it again but by then it will be so out of fashion you won’t want to be sen in it anyway! Have a clean up your room party! (Just make sure there is nothing in there that you don’t want found!)

May 17th Pack Rat Day

First, I know I have something of value in all my stuff. I am not sure what it is and I’m not sure what it’s worth but I know it’s there and I know it’s valuable.  Someday someone will come into my place and offer me a small fortune for something I have.

Second, I know I will need something I have someday to complete some project I have. I need to keep all these small pieces and parts because just as soon as I throw it out, I will need it.

Third, all these things are memories for me. They take me back in time to when there was a special moment or remind me of some special person. I started my collection when I was ten and now I am seventy, that’s a whole lot of memories.

These are the three main reasons someone becomes a pack rat… and I ought to know because I admit it, I am one!  What’s worse, I use all three excuses for my “collection”.

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What doesn’t have some sort of history to it? Letters and notes from old acquaintances and more. If you are a collector you have to have everything you can find that goes with your collection. When you no longer have a use for something but it may still have a value in your mind you save it for a garage sale. You find out quickly when you hold that garage sale that apparently, though what you thought had value, really didn’t. Seems no one else wants it either.

I think there’s a little pack rat in all of us. We may not want to admit it but do you really need to keep all that stuff you have?  Try just listing everything you have in one room of your house without going there to look at it. Chances are, if you can’t remember it on your list, you really didn’t need it in the first place. I know I have items that I’ve had for twenty years or more and I haven’t touched them in nineteen years.

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No one knows who started Pack Rat Day. That’s probably a good thing because we’d be saving stuff to commemorate that!  All I know is that when I go to my refrigerator and see that picture my two year old son drew I’m just as proud of it now, seventeen years later, as I was the day he did it.

How to celebrate: Revisit those items you have kept over the years they will take you down a trip on memory lane but look for those items you can live without and donate to a museum or collector. Make a note in the calendar to go through one space every 6 months, whether that is a closet, room, garage, etc. and think about truly getting rid of the items you have not used in those 6 months. Just get rid of some of the junk. Everytime you buy or get something new, donate something you already had. Go through mail when you get it and throw away immediately what you do not need. Before buying something to add to your collection, make notes of the pros and cons of owning it, you may be better off just not bringing it home in the first place and your wallet might thank you too. Eliminate storage space. Don’t buy a bunch of extra dressers, drawers, cubbies, foot lockers, etc. If you put it in storage, you are most likely never going to use it again!