Why My House Is Hella Clean

We who are about to be empty-nesters (the youngest will graduate on June 4) have been planning a change: living smaller and simpler. Last week we pulled the trigger on home ownership.

We looked at each other and said, let's sell the house and move to a little place on the beach in Santa Cruz. We will write and read, eat and sleep, walk and talk. It's all we need.

So in the last week we: donated our entire library (about a thousand books) to the local library; had a two-day rummage sale for household items; gave away a truckload of belongings to the Salvation Army; and started another truckload for the consignment store.

I can't begin to describe how liberating it is to let go of your stuff. We kept everything that was meaningful to us or the boys (nobody had to justify their keepers), and the rest is --poof--. Wow, the incredible lightness.

A cleaning crew, window washers and a parade of Realtors have been through.

This listing and slide show are the results. Line up in an orderly fashion, please.

All of which is to say, we got a move on. It took several full days of neglecting everything else, but the house is ready, so now we can get back more or less to our regularly scheduled programming.

(And I can finally finish posting the photos from Nevada I mentioned two weeks ago.)


  1. A job well done. living by the ocean is like having an exterior heart beating, a spirit breathing fresh energy for us.

  2. Sounds like you have a good plan of action! I'm sorry we didn't really get to know each other. I will never forget what a great Record Searchlight editor you were...and....I'm glad that I'll still be able you follow your new adventure on this blog. Good luck to you and Steve. Joanne Lobeski Snyder