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Demolition Women

My sister came by today and used her superpowers to pull out the last of the earthquake-proof closet.

Bedroom before, with built-in closet intact and furniture in place
Three weeks ago

The bedroom emptied, with closet completely demolished

Lumber from the demolished closet being de-nailed with a pry bar out on the porch
De-nailing the lumber for donation

She still owns a motor vehicle, so we loaded up all the 2x4s, plus large plywood shelves, trim and closet doors, and she drove off to donate it to the Rebuilding Center.

Other not-strictly-garbage stuff magically disappears if I leave it out on the curb for the scrappers.

There are a few things left in the bedroom--including my bed--that still have to come out before flooring can commence. My living room, kitchen, and porch are already heaped high, so the next order of business is a choice: rent a storage pod or just jettison a bunch of stuff.

I'm leaning heavily towards jettisoning. It's a lot simpler.

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Mar. 5th, 2014 12:06 am (UTC)
I was thinking of you today, as I continued with my resolution of spending 30 mins a day de-cluttering. I'm so impressed by what you're doing! (Not enough to commit to more than 30 mins/day, LOL, but enough to stick with it.) Sometimes what's most time consuming is just the waffling over whether to keep something or not. I'm getting rid of a fair amount, but choosing to keep things that I am pretty sure in a year or two I'll be tossing/recycling/donating. Just can't... quite... part with some things yet!

Keep on posting!
Mar. 5th, 2014 12:30 am (UTC)
Decluttering is serious business! I imagine every individual has to take their own unique approach to it, but here's what I found:
  1. Be only as ruthless as you can be without stress.
  2. Your clutter is probably the archaeology of your life: it has layers, and each layer has the potential of raising very strong feelings. Respect that.
  3. There's a point where the joy of empty spaces overtakes the attachment to things, and that's when it gets easy to let a lot of things go--but never all the things.
  4. Twenty or thirty minutes per session is plenty, and that probably not every day.

I got rid of 75% of my clutter several years ago, and only now am I ready to tackle the other 25% (plus the very thin layer that has accumulated since).
Mar. 5th, 2014 12:13 am (UTC)
Mar. 5th, 2014 12:45 am (UTC)
Oh. That.

Well...adventurous. A little scary, now that I've started actually spending money (and doing the destructive things that will take money to fix).

But the room now feels generous. Open. It hasn't been empty like this since the day I moved in, more than 20 years ago, and it's showing itself to me as if for the first time--the cracks in the 108 year old plaster, the history of inexpensive "upgrades" written in the floor and the woodwork, the layers of quick and dirty paint jobs.

It's like me, really. Oddly enough, the symbolism of my tearing down my closet didn't strike me until it was mostly gone. It seems so obvious! So if I have to dip more deeply into the retirement account than I planned, well, the metaphor alone makes it worthwhile.
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