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Editor’s housekeeping note: Taking a week (?) off to clean this house

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Editor’s housekeeping note: Taking a week (?) off to clean this house

Artwork by Sharna Fulton

Artwork by Sharna Fulton

I would love to tell you that I’m taking a week off of work to do something I actually wanted to do.

But I’d be lying. I’m actually taking the next week (hopefully not that long) off to do something I have neglected for about three years: cleaning the ever-loving crap out of this house.

For the record, yes I do cursory cleaning like mopping, sweeping, washing dishes, etc. I’m not a hoarder or anything crazy like that. But the bigger tasks — like figuring out what to do with books and DVDs, deciding where all these pictures go and organizing the bathroom in a coherent way — have eluded me. Since we moved into this house, I’ve basically been relocating my messes to various closets.



That ends Monday. I will – I must – clean and organize this house for the sake of my own sanity. I’m hoping it won’t take a week, but I find deadlines provide clarity, so I’m giving myself one. Having a cleaner, better organized house and work space will hopefully make me more efficient at my job, or at least less frantic.

Decaturish will still be publishing content. The big news – crime, fires, i.e. all the things that I get emailed about – will get covered. Ellie Ritter, my trustworthy assistant editor, will contribute some stories as well, so the site won’t be dead. Just in semi-hibernation.

I’m not a neat freak by nature, so if you have any organizational tips, please feel free to share them with me in the comments section. I’m all ears.

I’ll be back to my regular schedule in a week, or sooner. Until then, pray for me.

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