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Whew! Fifty out of 79 areas are now cleared. I'm almost two-thirds de-cluttered!



My porch is jammed with donations, a couple dozen empty hangers are rattling around in my closet, and for the first time in ages, there's room to spare on the closet shelves. I'd been dreading the wardrobe purge, but when it came down to it, I just did it in a spare half-hour late this afternoon, feeling unexpectedly brisk and regretless. The Vietnam Veterans of America are coming on Tuesday to collect stuff off the porch, and so I Just Did It.

My "SHELVING GALORE--FREE!" sign resulted in the magical disappearance by 3:30 of the mountain of standards, brackets, pine boards and melamine shelves I put out on the curbing at 3:00.

Leroy the Lawnmower Man came by and did some work on Area 1.2, Outdoors: Driveway. (Did I mention that I'm not above paying someone else to declutter for me? I'm not.)

By the bye, the biggest dumpster I've ever seen appeared across the street on Friday afternoon, in front of the tiny house of my elderly neighbors. By sunset today, it was full to the gunwales with crap. Let me emphasize that this dumpster is approximately the same size as the house. I asked Leroy what was going on, and he said the folks there had simply decided to clear out their basement and their garage for the first time in 25 years.

Project Empty is sweeping the planet.



Also? I've lost about six pounds. Isn't that weird?

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emeraldsedai
Mar. 10th, 2008 03:46 pm (UTC)
I'm turbot-charged!

Turbots are bottom-feeders, aren't they?
roseambr
Mar. 10th, 2008 03:31 pm (UTC)
You are so awesome! I can't wait to take a peak at the closet, I know it was a scary thing to take on but it sounds like it was far less painful than you feared. Pictures?

I love the story about the neighbors clearing out the basement. I wonder how much of that could have been recycled though rather than heading off to the land fill. But I suspect it would never have gotten done if they took the time to examine and sort. This is like pulling the bandaide off quickly. It's so cool how the epidemic is being passed around.
emeraldsedai
Mar. 10th, 2008 03:44 pm (UTC)
I came to exactly the same conclusion about the neighbors' houseful o' crap. I'm sure they waited and waited for a good time to go through it, and then ended, ten or fifteen years later, by hiring a couple of guys and a super-expensive dumpster and just making it vanish.

There's a lesson in here about keeping after the clutter and clearing it regularly, so that at least some of it can have a second life before winding up in the landfill.

But mostly? Everything we buy ends up in the landfill one way or another, and that's the best reason I can think of not to buy very much in the first place. I'm cured.

Closet pictures may be forthcoming when I get it a little better organized. Yesterday was just the purge.
avventura1234
Mar. 11th, 2008 02:26 am (UTC)
Wahoo on the closet! And wa ah hoo on the 8 pounds! I am NOT surprised at all. I think you have hit on a fabulous connection here. That, coupled with your spreadsheet, is going to make you a millionaire - I can feel it. Maybe a multi!
emeraldsedai
Mar. 11th, 2008 04:35 am (UTC)
It does have the feel of a good idea, doesn't it?
serenity_valley
Mar. 12th, 2008 03:53 am (UTC)
[sorry I'm late, I'm trying to catch up on my f-list]

What you mentioned above about how everything ends up in a landfill eventually is great incentive not to buy so much in the first place is EXACTLY the reason that we've cut back on our purchasing. We weren't exactly huge consumers anyway, but I'm hyper aware now of everything I'm buying and how it's going to be used and disposed of. There's just so much unnecessary crap we accumulate that we simply do not need and does nothing but build up in the corner of a drawer or need a box to store or what have you.

Our biggest hurdle at Hall House is that we're both big packrats. So while we don't go buying stuff left and right, we keep things for-freaking-ever. The stuff we keep is usually sentimental, but it's still stuff.

We're now in the habit of purging regularly, and that means re-examining the things that've survived previous purges. This year, I may not be ready to let go of that box of clothes I know I'll never wear again, but next year, I may be ready to. So the rule in our house is that we'll never force each other to get rid of something we don't want to, nor force each other to explain why we want to keep it, as long as we make a diligent effort to purge as much as we can each time and truly examine our reasons for keeping the stuff we keep. If we keep it, we'll find a place for it, no questions asked -- but it's a candidate for a purge again in a year.

Many congratulations on your continued success with this project and the myriad of positives you've gotten from it!
emeraldsedai
Mar. 12th, 2008 04:40 am (UTC)
You've defined such an important aspect of this whole process--readiness. I hadn't really thought about it consciously, but I've noticed that there are layers, and sometimes I come to one that just overwhelms me, and I can't deal with it today.

Your comment makes me realize that it's okay to give myself permission to stage things for future consideration. Thanks for that! It's a big piece of the puzzle.
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