Polishing My Halo

"Polishing my halo" is what my mother used to say to congratulate herself when she had finished a large or tedious household task. I've been taking advantage of the uninterrupted time I have with my husband at work and all of the kids away to do some serious cleaning. The using a toothbrush to scrub the tiles kind of cleaning. My house is thanking me and my halo will be shining brightly by the end of this week.

When I take a break, I've been reading Stuff by Randy Frost. It's about compulsive hoarders, a disorder that has fascinated me since I saw a TV show or two about it. The book is extremely readable even though it presents Frost's research about the basis of hoarding. I think one of the things that makes it so good is that he really seems to like the people he studied. Reading their stories makes it a lot easier to clean out the closets.

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  1. You know, people think I'm nuts to like cleaning like that. And while time consuming, what a wonderful sense of accomplishment it brings!

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  2. I have a dear friend who is a hoarder. Everytime I go to visit her, when I come home, I throw out a couple bags of stuff. Today I've been finishing the seasonal closet change-over and am filled with chagrin over how many T-shirts I have! Clearly it is time to weed.

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  3. I went to the college where Randy teaches. In general, he's a very agreeable, very approachable guy. He's won a number of teaching awards, too. I'm glad you like the book.

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  4. Good for you on the cleaning binge! It always feels good to do that. Here, we're cleaning out the attic and closets. It seems like a never ending job.

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