Friday, September 25, 2009

Get Ready for the Weekend


- Need to fill up with gas for the weekend, get cash out of an ATM?

- Go through your fridge and throw out any leftovers or takeout food or sack lunch leftovers from the week. You're probably not going to eat them this weekend if you haven't already by now. This will make room in case you bring home leftovers from a restaurant this weekend.

- Tidy your house in preparation for the weekend. Empty vases of any dead flowers, then rinse the vases out and put them away. Declutter kitchen counters, load or unload dishwasher as needed. Wipe kitchen counter and sink; wipe bathroom sinks and mirrors. Sweep wood floors; vacuum living or family room if needed. Declutter dining room table if it's being used for storage. Run through the house really quickly emptying trash cans and removing any cups or drinking glasses that have wandered out of the kitchen. Finish by spritzing with home spray or burning home fragrance oil or incense.

- Oktoberfest celebrations are taking place in various cities all over the world. If this is something that appeals to you, take a look at your city's newspaper or web resource page and see if there's anything you can attend this weekend.


I don't have time to do a big housecleaning project today. I'm working and trying to dress up and go out for dinner and a movie tonight. So I'm doing a much-needed minor project: sorting my music CDs. (You can tell I'm "of a certain age" because I don't just simply have all my music on an MP3 player or on my computer!)

My CD collection overflowed from the tower shelf I have them in, and have gradually migrated out to a shelf in the garage where I store my cooking appliances. Uh, not good. So today I'm putting all my CDs in one place, alphabetizing them, and getting rid of CDs I know I won't actually listen to. There's no sense hanging onto the scratched ones (throw them away!) and I can find friends on my various communities to give the other CDs away. Somebody will like my brother's old "Beverly Hills Cop" soundtrack, maybe.. It's not worth the hassle and potential for negative feedback to sell them for 75 cents on or a dollar on eBay, so if I don't find takers in my communities I can donate the like-new non-scratched CDs to Goodwill or something similar. The important thing is to actually donate them or throw them away and get them out of my house.

Another thing I will do is keep out some CDs I haven't listened to in a long time that I know I will enjoy. I'll make sure they aren't cluttery and visible, but nearer my stereo. I'll also swap out the 6 CDs I am very very sick of listening to in my car, for some I haven't heard in a long time. (Hello Howard Jones and Human League, I've missed you!)

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