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365 Things

One of my New Year's resolutions is less a resolution than an experiment. I am going to try to rid myself of one object, thing, trinket, machine, doodad, tchotchke, whatever a day for the next year.

There are not many people who would accuse me of having a cluttered house--I don't think it's cluttered--and yet, I still wonder what it would *feel like* to live in a house that isn't full of what are basically useless distractions. Junk you save thinking it will "have a use someday" that sits there for years serving no purpose whatsoever, practical or aesthetic or entertainment.

The ground rules are pretty simple.

(1) The day's discard can be one object (say, one issue of a magazine), or a group of objects (all issues of that magazine),
(2) It has to go in the recycling or be donated to a charity/or Good Will, unless it's really truly biodegradable junk,
(3) It can't be anything I'm getting rid of simply to replace it with a newer thing that performs the same function.
(4) It can't be anything with a natural short life span, like fruit peels or paper towels.

So today's Thing is

(1) a basket full of silk flowers and plants.


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Jan. 1st, 2013 06:30 pm (UTC)
That's a worthy resolution. I've been thinking of getting rid of whole classes of things in my house. I'll have to see how that goes.

It wasn't a New Year's resolution, but I decided early last year I needed to start getting all the change out of my house. I had coins everywhere. Coin wrappers cost money so I'd just as soon get rid of coins by spending them. Now I try hard not to leave the house to shop without a nice assortment of coins, usually more than a dollars worth so if I stop at more than one store I'll always have less change when I get back. So far I've made a dent, but I needed to keep spending change.

Edited at 2013-01-01 06:31 pm (UTC)
Jan. 1st, 2013 06:32 pm (UTC)
Do they have a change machine in your grocery store or bank? Those charge a fraction, but they save a lot of time counting and rolling dirty coins into wrappers.
Jan. 1st, 2013 08:03 pm (UTC)
The nearest one of those is long gone. Actually I haven't seen one recently.
Jan. 1st, 2013 09:23 pm (UTC)
Huh. They have one in my credit union. Saw it there last week.
Jan. 1st, 2013 09:57 pm (UTC)
We did Declan's room today. Does that count?
Jan. 1st, 2013 11:25 pm (UTC)
Re: Like!
The whole room?
Jan. 2nd, 2013 05:40 am (UTC)
What a good idea! I have a lot of stuff that I've hung onto, just because I couldn't figure out what else to do with it. When I make the move out to the farm later this year I'm going to so do a serious dejunking. Start fresh and new.
Jan. 2nd, 2013 05:44 pm (UTC)
You always think, "I spent money on it, I should keep it." But mostly, it collects dust and takes up space.

Space is at a premium in your current abode? Will you have more or less at the farm? I am thinking it may be a wee bit less.

; )
Jan. 2nd, 2013 05:44 am (UTC)
It is amazing how much stuff one accumulates over the decades. I periodically get the urge to get rid of some stuff, and then usually do, but it's in fits and starts, not in a regular way, which admittedly would be better.

I know I assign sentimental value to things that I shouldn't, but it is just me, so said things do keep me company in a certain way.

But anyway, very best wishes to you for the upcoming year!

Take care,

-- C
Jan. 2nd, 2013 01:42 pm (UTC)
Well, anything that has true sentimental value doesn't have to go by my rules. Sadly, I fear I can five 365 non-functional things that also hold no special sentimental value to me.
Jan. 4th, 2013 02:49 pm (UTC)
Don't forget to look at the books, as in books you are never going to read again. Our house is small, so we either have to get rid of stuff or live with boxes. Currently we have most the boxes in the attic, but still a lot in the office too. You can also get rid of old papers you don't need; I have almost shredded a whole box of that that I started with last year.
Jan. 4th, 2013 02:58 pm (UTC)
Ooh, I already went through all my books last year, which is kind of a bummer, as now I can't use those in this project.

I have a box full of stuff for shredding. Under my rules, that's going to count as One Thing.

Fortunately, there's a lot more where that came from!
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