My house is a ranch style home with a full basement. To get from the first floor to the basement there is a set of wooden steps under which a handy previous owner built a closet. It was a perfect place to keep the cardboard boxes I might need someday. And, as the saying goes, out of sight–out of mind right?
Weeeeeelllll, last summer I neglected to open the door so there could be air circulation. The lack of a whisper of a breeze in the closet resulted in those lovely cardboard boxes sucking up some moisture and growing some mildew. When I moved back from my summer residence (the fruit farm) and figured out what was so stinky, I quickly took the cardboard to the recycling center and sprayed the walls of the closet with some stuff that said it killed mold. I then closed the door and pretended that everything was fine. Fine here, thanks for asking.
I have spring break next week and had planned on painting the walls of the finished part of the basement. However, it didn’t seem right to have the part of the basement that people can see look good when I knew there was a big mess just beyond a little door. So, I did some reading and some supply purchasing , and I got busy this weekend and scrubbed that baby clean. While on my knees, sucking in more bleach fumes than is really healthy, I got to thinking about other problems I tend stick in dark places and pretend are fine. Fine here, thanks for asking.
Do not fear, I am not about to hang any dirty laundry up to air. But let me tell you, I am very good at pretending nothing need fixing. I also have been throwing a lot more light in to those closets, both actually and metaphorically, these days and it hasn’t done me in.
Since this is a blog focused on fiscal matters, you might have no problem in that department. Or that might be the part of your life you are working on. It might be something else. But whatever the problem, we all do it in some way. We tuck the stuff we don’t want to deal with away until it stinks the whole place up. If your closet hasn’t started smelling bad yet, it will. Trust me.
Whatever it is for you, let me assure you that throwing open the door is the hardest part. The scrubbing and scouring and scraping really isn’t as bad as you think it will be.