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Certain kinds of less than critical paperwork have been accumulating for a while, and I ran into a perfect housekeeping, well, not exactly storm, more of a light squall, last week when I was feeling crummy from a cold.
The dairy crate I needed to hold this year’s bountiful crop of apples was already full of thirty-one years of receipts for basis projects on the house. Fortunately, I was neither on my feet nor bedridden, so I settled in with marginally watchable broadcast TV, a calculator, and a pot of coffee to see what the damage has been in hardware stores and builders’ supply outlets.
Not too bad, it turns out, and not far from my off the cuff estimates. It’s much easier to stay close to reality now that I’m not hiding from a thicket of unresolved arithmetic and allergenic mite waste. One of those TV shows featured an interview with the man who works with hoarders on a show of his own, and it didn’t hurt a bit to be reminded how bad things can get.
Turn around time is the key concept in housekeeping, the interval between using something and having it ready to use again. The shorter the turn around time, the more efficient the operation.
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