Clean Up to Get Rich Quick

Whenever I have done a deep cleaning and organizing of a space in my house, I have found money. Last May I excavated my big plastic bin of historical notebooks (dating back to my first diary in 1976) and found an envelope full of gift cards. I forgot I even had these. I thought I’d spent them long ago. They were worth hundreds of dollars. (It would be cool if this were a metaphor about how there is gold in my forty years’ worth of notebooks and diaries. Reading through my old notebooks gives me the unsettling feeling that I’m meeting myself and…