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HERB BENHAM: Less clutter, more happiness

After rifling through the books, the second thing I attacked in my Swedish death cleaning were cans of paint on the silver wire rack in the garage. Unmarked cans and cans that were marked — "Thomas' room 2015," "Front Porch Gray 2012" — and then one blue rubber glove, two stuck-together rags, a small steel roller with the pad painted to it, an empty rectangular can of paint thinner and a brown ceramic bowl with dried white paint at the bottom.

Twenty cans in all. Had there been a bunch of kids around, the paint could have been an art project. Go ahead and have fun, mix them all together and see what you come up with.

Email contributing columnist Herb Benham at His column appears here on Sundays; the views expressed are his own.