I am working on a little routine that I hope will relieve some of the stress that comes from the clutter build-up in this house. You know, it’s the stuff in closets, bureau drawers, on shelves, in boxes under beds, under sinks, in kitchen cabinets and drawers, and if you’re unlucky enough to have one, in attics and cellars. So, on “normal” days, when I don’t have to leave the house early, I’m devoting the hour between 8 and 9 to purging and cleaning. So far, it’s working well. I’ve made visible progress, and have been able to work at an accelerated pace. Throughout the day I don’t keep thinking, “Oh, you ought be spring cleaning.” But most importantly, I feel like I have more time for solitude. Maybe it’s all in my mind, but with this intentional, early morning cleaning I seem to be gaining more solitude, more “cottage time” at home.