I thought Spring Break would be a great time to do some Spring cleaning, especially since we aren’t getting out much this week (Simon is doing much better today, but his nose is still running like a river). Today my focus is our iTunes and my clothes.
We have 25 days of music/books/podcasts in our iTunes. That is 30.58 gigs. Most of the music is from Micah’s days sailing the high seas of file sharing, when he would grab any music he could from the network his apartment complex was on. We don’t listen to a lot of it, and we don’t know what a lot of it is. We have gone through it before and thinned it out a bit (I think we used to have 29 days worth). But for some reason no matter how much I feel like just tossing everything, once I sit down at the computer and try to figure out what is worth holding onto and what is not, a little voice in my head starts saying things like, “Well, maybe someday you’ll learn to salsa dance, and then you’ll want this Latin music so you can practice in the living room sometimes.” Or, “Maybe if you have this German music playing sometimes, Simon will pick up on German and then he will be really smart.” Ha! As if the boy could be any smarter. Also, as if I want to listen to German music when we have 23 days worth of English music. Or, “I hate Ace of Bass and don’t care if I ever hear ‘All that She Wants’ ever again . . . but ‘The Sign’ is so junior high dance-ish that how could I possibly trash it?” It’s ridiculous and I know it.
And then there is the clothing issue. I am not somebody who really likes to shop. I don’t have a lot of clothes. I threw a bunch of clothes overboard when we moved to Hawaii, threw some more overboard when we were in Utah (things that had been in storage, like winter clothes), and then as soon as we got to New York I realized I still had a some clothes that I held onto, not because I liked them but because I couldn’t bear to part with any more. Of course, I haven’t found a use for them since, and they are now sitting in a pile of things to be given away. Now that I’ve cleaned things out several times, I find that most of what I have left are t-shirts with sentimental value (my marathon shirt, shirts Micah designed for the PCC) but that I only wear to bed because they are a little big for my normal style. It’s a shame we didn’t budget for a Spring Fashion shopping spree. Looks like I’ll be wearing the same five shirts over and over again for the next year.
At least it makes getting dressed in the morning a little easier.