Happy Spring … Cleaning! « The Running Garlic. The only way I can agree with The Running Garlic is that I would love to get rid of the clutter. Over the years, more and more “things” have accumulated and then just stayed beyond their “welcome”. Now, as I look around the house, there are bookcases full of books I haven’t looked at in years; boxes I no longer know what was packed away “because I know I’ll need this one day”, and closets I don’t look in. When I grew up, if the walls were getting dingy, it was time to paint. I don’t think I ever knew anyone who actually cleaned base boards until I once went into therapy. Thinking back, I believe they must have been obsessive/compulsive. Now that I have been partly handicapped for over 10 years, and there are so many things out of my reach, dust has become ordinary and “spotless” a thing of wishful dreaming and pictures in magazines. When I grow up…I’ll hire a live-in maid.