Do you have canned food that dates from the Reagan years? When was the last time you replaced your mascara? Or your contact lens case? Are you storing leftovers in Tupperware that's older than a kindergartner? Do you know where to take those old cans of paint in your garage?
Several years ago I resigned myself to the fact that we live in the kind of house that's better cleaned with an heavy duty wet/dry vac than a traditional vacuum cleaner like most folks use. If you live in a semirural, ultra-muddy area and heat your home primarily with woodstoves like we do, then you know what I mean. By late winter, much of our house looks more like a barn or sawmill.
Most people would consider driving 4,500 miles in 10 days a nightmare scenario - but for me - the last week and a half, going coast-to-coast, exploring the beautiful US of A, has been nothing short of fantastic.
I'm one of those kind of people who actually enjoys spring cleaning. Sure, part of it is that it's refreshing to change things up around the house, and start to be able to once again make use of outside spaces like decks and patios.
For my book The Cheapskate Next Door, I surveyed hundreds of proud "cheapskates" about - among other things - the oldest piece of clothing they own and at least occasionally still wear. The answer, on average, was one or more apparel items dating back roughly to the time when Jimmy Carter was President (1977-1981).
One of my kids, I won't mention which one, recently saw a news report that stated there have been new studies revealing that household cleaning supplies have a greater possibility of a carcinogenic effect on individuals than originally thought! This news flash instilled immediate fear in this child and "SHE" said I've got to call the other two siblings; we're going to die!
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