Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self. - Cyril Connolly
Monday, October 27, 2008
The Downsizing Project
Every weekend from now until the New Year, I will be spending the significant portion of one day a week sorting the contents of one or more rooms in my house into three bins: Trash, Charity, and Treasure. Every drawer, every shelf, every closet, every cabinet and cupboard.

At the ripe old age of 40 something, I find horrific clutter in my life. Not emotional clutter, but clutter in the fact that I have an untold number of plastic beer cups (from concert events, Mardi Gras, and sporting events), really fugly old ceramic coffee mugs from my first boss's Xmas gift, an Espresso machine I've used maybe twice a year - even less now that there is a Starbuck's on every corner. And let's not even talk about old sheets, towels, pillow cases, shower curtains, etc...

Oh, and the much paper. Letters, magazines, old bills, brochures, long expired coupons, you name it. I could fill a shredder truck.

I'm very good about recycling. Heck, I even dragged back all the recycling from our family weekend trip to Deep Creek, and dragged home all the beer and soda cans from our company picnic last weekend just to make sure they are recycled.

I'm also pretty good with clothes and shoes - making at least an annual cleansing of my closets.

Still - there seems to be so much STUFF. Old Rugs. Crockery. Flower vases. Pots and pans.... I'm afraid to look under the sink in the bathrooms and kitchen.

It has to go. All of it. I am on a mission. Some of it might be worth something. If I think it is - I'll let you know and perhaps you can make me an offer.

For instance - I have at least two perfectly good TVs that you can have. Come February, they'll be useless unless you connect them to cable, but I'll leave that up to you. One is a large, 20" Toshiba, the other is a small, 13" RCA model. Both are cable ready. Make an offer.
posted by Broadsheet @ 10:47 PM  
3 Editorial Opinions:
  • At October 29, 2008, Blogger danielle said…

    Good luck with the big project! If you want inspiration, check out Crazy Aunt Purl. She downsized and then made a mid year resolution not to buy anything inessential for the rest of the year so that she wouldn't acquire more junk. Her writing's usually pretty entertaining.

  • At October 29, 2008, Blogger Malnurtured Snay said…

    I am also on a "buying freeze", but I can't stop buying books!!!!!

  • At July 22, 2009, Anonymous my foot said…

    Yes, good luck! If you need inspiration, check out the fountain pic … well, either that or get a reed diffuser. OOR, you can just go outside and take a walk. I hear it keeps the blood pumping into the brain and makes one think clearer … well something like that

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