For a little over two years I have been in this house. At first I was teaching many private classes both here and at other venues for students of all ages and levels. Then I returned to the Board of Education and was assigned to cover up to 7 schools at a time in addition to a little after hours activity. Mix in my hobbies and we have a recipe for disaster in the tidyness realm.
I often return to the house to dump teaching materials from my pack and reload for the next activity. Upon the subsequent return, I am exhausted and dump out more junk. The piles of improperly stored stuff grow and grow. For the past couple weeks I have been taking positive action to prepare for my upcoming move. Each day I try to clean up. Sometimes it is just a few scraps of paper filed in the proper place, or something thrown away. Right now it doesn’t matter to me if it is a little or a lot; what is important to me is that everyday brings some movement in the right direction.
We have decided on moving dates and started the paperwork. May 22nd we will go to the empty apartment and scrub out everything. Naturally the apartment was cleaned before they started showing it, but meanwhile dust and cobwebs are accumulating. An empty apartment is an easy-to-clean apartment. May 23rd we will finalize packing here at the house. May 24th the movers will come and then we (I?) will clean the empty house. May 25th I requested vacation just in case the cleaning takes longer than expected. If all goes according to plan, then I can sleep in at the new apartment and then spend the day knocking about Ise and getting oriented.
April 29th and May 2nd to 6th are days off here in Japan, so that’s when the steady progress plan shifts into high gear. The bulk of the packing should take place at that point. It is amazing how much stuff accumulates when you have a house. Tonight we shifted a lot of things into the “to be sold” pile. Hopefully, selling, recycling, and throwing away will reap great rewards. Sometimes less is more! Do you need anything? Furniture, dishes, cooking utensils, etc.?