Cleaning the Freezer

I’ve got a lot going on in my life. That’s practically been the theme of my blog for the last few weeks. So it was lovely to have a four day weekend just barely. We went on a short hike. I finished an Agatha Christie book (Death on the Nile). I organized Magic cards.

And I cleaned the freezer.

If you had asked me ten years ago what my idea of a good time was, “Cleaning the freezer” would not have been high on my list. If someone had told me that’s how I’d voluntarily spend time on a vacation day, I’d have said they were crazy. And yet there I was yesterday, hauling out various hard-to-identify items, throwing most of it away, and feeling very accomplished.

Why did I actually enjoy it?

Because for the last long while, every time I opened the freezer, I was met with a reminder that I hadn’t cleaned that freezer out in a long time, and that it desperately needed it. It wasn’t high on my priority list, but it was this perpetual little chore that needed doing, and I kept not doing it. And not doing it. And not doing it.

All those postponements added up, so when I finally took the time to get it done, it was a big relief. So much so that I kept going back to the freezer the rest of the day and opening it, just to remind myself that it was done. It felt great. (I checked it again this morning. Still clean!)

As with many small chores like that, it didn’t take a long time to get done once I actually committed to doing it. 45 minutes or so. So the question, of course, is why I didn’t take the 45 minutes a long time ago and just get it off my list then. Some of it is because I always felt like I had more important things to do, or that I was too tired to tackle it then and there. If it made me feel so good to just get the job done and out of the way, why don’t I do that with more jobs like that, each of which is waiting for me to get it done?

Probably because I’d rather be reading, or watching a movie, or doing something fun. I’m an organized person, but I’m not yet to the “everything is always organized in my life” phase, and I don’t know if I ever will be. For today, I’m just happy that the freezer is finally clean.

I think I’ll check it again when I get home tonight.


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