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Project Empty - Day 1

My 2008 project to get rid of all my crap began last night. As planned, I took photos (all in the dark, all flash, for that extra-garish-and-trashy look) then tackled the area right outside my front door.

The front porch is NOT one of my bigger hoards o' crap--just a broken chair, a few misplaced garden implements, stuff like that--so the fact that I got flummoxed by it in the first five minutes gives me pause.

Three problems popped up instantly:
  • Broken chair won't fit in garbage can: fluttery hands
  • Tools I'm keeping belong in a spot that's super messy and I hate to add to it: more fluttery hands
  • Look at that other area over there! I'll start on that instead of solving the first two problems.
Consequently, I've got two partially-cleared chunks, neither ready for its "after" photo; and a certain paralysis about both of them.

Next steps:
  • Break the chair into pieces that will fit into the trash can (this may involve power tools--might as well face it)
  • designate a trash-staging area and call it "okay" until I can figure out how to get rid of it
  • finish clearing the porch and score a point, no matter what


( 10 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 4th, 2008 11:26 pm (UTC)
Uhm... does your city have a designated "big items" trash day? They take oversized items once per month here; you just leave them on the curb next to the trashcans. (And depending on how broken it is and what neighborhood you live in, odds are good that someone will "recycle" it before the trash collection anyway!)
Jan. 4th, 2008 11:48 pm (UTC)
We don't have a large-items trash day, darn it. That would be most helpful!

You're right, though: I've put the most astonishing crap out on the curbside, only to have it disappear in minutes. Right now we're having so much rain that anything I put out would be more or less instantly ruined, but I'll watch for a break in the clouds.

Kinda makes me feel guilty, though, enabling other people's hoarding habits in the process of trying to eradicate my own...
Jan. 4th, 2008 11:53 pm (UTC)
My parents have threatened a yard sale this spring/summer, next time I'm home long enough to help them clean out their attic. My response was "noooooooo, you can't get rid of my stuff!" even though it's stuff I'll never use. Like, uh, my crib and high chair. :)
Jan. 5th, 2008 02:19 am (UTC)
Hee! Now is the time we say, "Let go-o-o-o-o!"
Jan. 5th, 2008 02:43 am (UTC)
Front Porch
Coincidentally, I cleaned off my front porch today too. I had to. I took down our GYNORMOUS Christmas tree and as I hauled it out of the living room and out the front door, it left needles all over the place. I had to then arrange my living room as it was before the tree came. But then, I didn't like that arrangement any more and had to move a few pieces of furniture (piano, chairs and wall unit). THAT is why I get distracted when I clean. Well...the porch is clean, but the living room isn't quite finished yet. Baby steps.
Jan. 10th, 2008 07:30 pm (UTC)
Re: Front Porch
I didn't reply to this! Whoops.

I noticed the remains of the Xmas tree in your side yard when I walked by yesterday. And your re-constituted living room looks very nice. Have a look at the chaos I created last night...
Jan. 6th, 2008 06:50 am (UTC)
Yeah, you almost have to have some cleared space for issues like that. I'm having the same problem.
Jan. 6th, 2008 07:14 am (UTC)
Ooh, I wish I could wave my magic wand and make all the mess go away. Scourgify!
Jan. 6th, 2008 09:00 pm (UTC)
I know I probably shouldn't laugh, but the "fluttery hands" just cracked my chortle bone wide open! Ha!
Jan. 6th, 2008 10:25 pm (UTC)
Admitting we have a problem is the first step! I have a fluttery-hands problem in the face of seemingly insurmountable mess.

Progress, however, is being made.
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