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The Long Overdue "Spring" Cleaning

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Jerry's Weekly Newsletter

July 11 · Issue #21 · View online

I'm Jerry, a software engineer, YouTuber, and blogger. Every weekend I write about some thoughts, life lessons, and interesting things I came by for the week. I'd love for you to join.


Hi friends,
Happy July! We are over the halfway mark of 2021. I cannot believe time is passing by so fast. Time waits for no one.

Disruption vs Routine
I’m two weeks off from my road trip, but I’m still feeling the disruption and only just recovered to my normal routine. Goes to show that big disruptions can really mess with your daily rituals. How do you better prepare for it? I’m not sure yet. I’ll post when I know.
"Spring" Cleaning
This weekend, I spent an entire day doing “spring” cleaning. Apparently, it’s called spring cleaning because:
  • Historically, before the days of AC and heaters, climate affected daily life.
  • From a company’s perspective, they need to get ready for audits that occur after spring.
  • Some religions prepare to welcome deities into their home.
Back to my “spring” cleaning.
My cousin, who is the kitchen master chef of the house, helped clear the condiments, the pantry, the cabinets, and anything cooking-related. Just to give you an idea of the mess we had before:
So many condiments!
So many condiments!
I rearranged furniture around the house. In the process of doing so, I had to go through all the drawers and cabinets to see what ancient artifacts exist.
I had stuff I didn’t even know I had. This itself should not be surprising, but the quantity of it was. I had a lot of old electronics, wires, and connectors that I most definitely don’t use anymore.
At the end of the day, it felt liberating to see a completely empty desk. Clean surfaces make me happy!
We are all secretly hoarders...
Not to worry, that clean surface and empty drawers won’t last for long.
Before this “spring” cleaning, I thought that I was a minimalist. Unfortunately, the nightmare that I’m a hoarder has turned true.
I no longer want to hoard stuff.
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No more hoarding.
No more hoarding.
No more hoarding.
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No more hoarding.
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This experience has made me question every object that I own and whether I should own it. Maybe I need to toss (nearly) everything out?
I can also buy fewer things.
Yes, but there’s a balance between the two, one that I’m still learning to strike.
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