Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Weekend Dejunking!

Lately, I’d been basking in the success of my previous post, as it had become a runaway hit. Thanks to my sister who wrote it, and to Roshan Radhakrishnan the premium blogger at Blogadda who chose it as the Saturday pick of the week . My blog was thus bestowed with a much needed rejuvenation and attention. That is the benefit of having siblings who write well, and are kind enough to contribute (succumbing to torture).

Well, two weeks down the line I was still refreshing my page for any comments that might be waiting in the pipeline when realization dawned on me that it is time to update it.
So the update from my side is that, we are on the lookout for a bigger apartment here in Muscat and ALMOST landed one. We are in queue and may or may not get the flat. But if at all we get it, the thought of shifting from here had my head spinning. Two years it is, since we moved in here, and I cannot remember the last time I cleared junk out of this house. Well in all the two years I was pregnant for nine months, and now my son is one so you can’t expect me to clear the junk. My husband is totally unaware of any junk in the house, obviously because he is unable to identify junk from everything else, including me. I usually do not let my housemaid do any clearing, as she may clear out our degree certificates saying they were invalid pieces of paper.

A well deserved long weekend came my way and the super enthusiastic me kicked off the cleaning ritual starting from my husband’s cupboard where he stored some papers and boxes. Holy Cow. How many keyboards are a person expected to buy in his lifetime? No prizes for guessing, as I am unsure too. I got countless boxes in which these wireless keyboards came from. Not to mention other boxes of hard disks, USB, tie, trimmer, router, mobile phone, camera , dishtv set top  box, and only God knows what. It looked like a warehouse of Jumbo Electronics. When I cleared the boxes, there was enough space in the cupboard for him and his friends to sit and have a beer. I proceeded to the next. There I found old magazines, at least 20 newspapers, dvd covers with no dvd in them, blank paper to name a few. Those were cleared too. 

It took me a whole day, but the outcome was fulfilling. The house felt lighter, the room looked bigger, the ac seemed to be working better and the overall feeling of tidiness was unexplainable. I haven’t started with the wardrobe yet, but once I do I am sure to find a lot of junk there as well. I hope to carry only the useful stuff if we are lucky enough to get the flat! 

On a different note - An incident happened last week when on a public forum a NRI woman insulted our country and its culture. I couldn’t control myself and wrote a graceful yet strong reply to it, and this woman started throwing brickbats at me using foul language. After reading that, my palm was sweating and forehead burning in anger and the feeling of revenge started engulfing me. I composed imaginary replies to it in my head. Later I asked myself… well foul language is a mirror to the upbringing and culture of a person. My parents wouldn’t be proud of me, if I replied to it on the same note, right? So I left it at that and did not respond. That person tried to email me repeatedly saying that she left me a message on the forum, thus provoking me in every way possible. I refused to respond. I even stopped thinking about it, except now ;-) By the way, Happy Independence Day, you guys!

So to sum it up, this weekend I cleared the junk off my cupboards ...and from my head. 
What did you do?



22 comments:

  1. I can never really clear the junk completely, cos I get distracted by the 'lost' things I find in there! That's one good thing about doing a major cleaning. You find a lot of things you think were lost. Believe it or not, last week, I found a 500 rupee note in one of my old bags.:| The downside to throwing away old things is that, approx. a week after throwing away something that was with you unused for 4 years, you will need it. :D
    I love the way you write a post about things as simple as this! Keep writing! :)

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    1. Yeah I know...but am sure I am not going to need the keyboard boxes ! :D In this house, since I moved in just two years back, and there is limited space, its very unlikely to find lost stuff or any interesting stuff. But at home in George Villa, thats sure to happen.

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  2. Cleaning my room is like a mini treasure hunt :D I find old letters, photographs, random craft papers etc etc and get lost in it!
    I guess thats the best way to reply to people who get down so low and tempt you to come down to their level!

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    1. hahaha. Yes u r absolutely right about the last line!

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  3. Anita,

    Post with wit as usual. It is much more difficult to clear out junk from head than cupboards. Glad you could achieve that too.

    Take care

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    1. :-) Yes, difficult but achievable! Thank you!

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  4. It is all a matter of perspective.. What you see as junk I might see as valuable document.. I think all the guys have this thing for boxes! I still have the boxes of most of my stuff which came in boxes.. Even though I might not have actual thing which came in it. All this happens because I am in the hostel.. At home mother would have thrown them out long time back..

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    1. haha yes..! Happens a lot in hostel...can totally remember those days !

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  5. THAT takes courage to not respond brutally to brickbats!!RESPECTSSSS!!!
    And cleaning...I SHUD DO IT TOO :((

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    1. Lol i seem to have reminded quite a few readers to CLEAN :D Yes really it is hard not to react sometimes...but I did it..! YAY!

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  6. You have done a good job. I am not talking about the keyboards. Its about clearing the head. Nothing better to beat an opponent than keeping calm. It flusters them all the more.

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  7. Haa i m reminded of a line. What you throw away as junk today; you will be needing it tomorrow Hope you wont need them :D

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  8. Junk clearing - totally unheard of, for guys! And yes, we may even argue over the definition of junk :P

    As far as commenting on the forum is concerned, I believe you did the right thing by leaving it aside. You made your point and she made hers. Time to move on :)

    PS: Even I dont think backup keyboards and other hardware items are junk :D

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    1. I totally disagree with the P.S part lol! Although my hubby will def agree with u on all points !

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  9. Cleaning junk gives immense soul satisfaction. Even deleting mails from Inbox and messages from cell phone can give you kind of satisfaction... as regards your question - we played girl's all time favorite sports - Shopping! :)

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    1. Ohh seriously....! I dint know of such a satisfaction before! Rightly said abt the email part ! Shopping is my fav sport too! Lol.

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  10. Happy Independance day to you too Anita!
    You are surely on the run. I am surely the house (including the wardrobe) but be spick and span by now!

    So did you get the flat? All the best for that one.

    And congratulations on the saturday pick of the week !! yay yippe :-)

    And all those negative people and negative energy, you did right! She deserved no more. And really how desperate, emailing you and all!

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    1. Thanks and hope u had a great day Jenny ! We had a 10 day elaborate vacation for Eid here in middle east...and hence the late response. Reg the flat, there are no confirmations yet, but we are hopeful.
      Yes yes what u said was right...the desperate female got what she deserved :D

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