Cleaning out the loft

1 Apr

I spent the past week and a good part of this weekend spring cleaning. My spring cleaning usually consists of reorganizing my closet, some serious dusting and washing down the walls and woodwork. This year, however, I decided to tackle my loft as well.

When my parents remodeled our home, they wanted to make use of all available space. This is how the lofts came to be. I had one and so did my brother. In each of our rooms there is a wooden ladder that leads up to a space above the ceiling. The height is only about 4 feet tall, but it was the perfect space for a kid. I used to spend hours in my loft reading or playing with my dolls.

Over time, I slowly but surely outgrew the loft, and it turned into my personal storage area. Everything I saved, or didn’t have room for, found a space in my mini attic. Fast forward to now, the loft was jam-packed with high school soccer trophies, fifth grade awards, old toys and college text books. It was time to do some serious spring cleaning.

I took everything out of the loft, wiped down the walls and vacuumed the carpet. And then began the task of going through all the items I’d saved since I was 12 years old. I found a lot of interesting things, and some I still couldn’t throw out or give away (like my Ewok pez dispenser – hello, it’s an Ewok pez dispenser). But a lot of stuff I was able to clean out. It’s OK to let go of things, because they’re just things. It’s the little moments and memories spent in the loft that I’ll have forever.

Here’s to a fresh start this spring!

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One Response to “Cleaning out the loft”

  1. Uncle Bob 04/01/2012 at 9:13 pm #

    Now is this an APRIL FOOLS JOKE ??? Kinda suspecious going by the date. I’ll check it out when I visit for Memorial Day !!!! :-) Looking forward to seeing all. Love,Uncle Bob

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