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21 March 2017 @ 05:11 pm
spring cleaning, i guess  

I read an article the other day that said the average American household has 300,000 items in it and now I want to get rid of everything we own. :p

I mean, this isn’t really like a sudden new urge. I’ve been suffering from the Tyranny Of Things for a while now, and I keep grimly trying to do something about it. It doesn’t seem to get anywhere. More books appear. More RANDOM PIECES OF PAPER appear. I hang on to clothes in the hope that I’ll get slim enough for them or the fear I’ll get fat enough for them. There are unnecessary numbers of shoes. On and on it goes. And today I’m trying to clean the office. It’s not going well. Like, so:

oh look at all these rogue figurines do i really need to keep all of these they mostly just collect dust

oh look at all the art supplies i can’t justify because i never do any art

oh look at all the sewing supplies i can’t justify because i never do any sewing

oh look at all the bags i can’t justify because NOBODY NEEDS THIS MANY BAGS, JFC WHY DO I HAVE 8 CAMERA BAGS

oh look at all the unnecessary copies of my own books i have, why am i keeping french copies, it’s not like i read french

oh look at all the history books i have which are never going to be useful if i don’t read them so i can write books drawing from their info

oh look at all the great bookends i have but can’t use because i have TOO MANY BOOKS and they go from shelf-end to shelf-end

oh look a rogue wig & 2 white wigs meant to be test cases for a nebari/chiana costume if i ever got less fat/sewed again do i need those NO

oh look jr high & high school yearbooks? do i need those? no. i do not. their only value is briefly entertaining children. and yet.

oh look dictionaries of angels. am i ever going to write the not-exactly-post-apocalyptic fallen angels books? probably not. so do i need the angel dictionary? no. AND YET.

The really grim thing is despite appearances I do keep trying to get rid of stuff and it JUST KEEPS ACCUMULATING. Part of that is almost certainly that, for example, I managed to clear off enough shelf space to TAKE STUFF OUT OF BOXES. And I got rid of a lot when I took it out of boxes, BUT STILL.

Anyway, I feel like I’ve gone about as far as I can today. At least in this room.

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

Autopopeautopope on March 21st, 2017 05:44 pm (UTC)
Trade you a French copy of one of your books for an equally useless (I speak neither language) Estonian copy of "Accelerando"?
Marissa Lingenmrissa on March 21st, 2017 06:42 pm (UTC)
Bookends! They are one of those things that seem like a great present for book people, and then no, book people have enough books to only need a very few bookends if that. It's a shame. We have several from my grandfather and they are just taking up space.
kitmizkit on March 21st, 2017 10:20 pm (UTC)
I LOVE bookends. I used to ASK for them as gifts, until I realized that...yeah...no...that's not actually any use to me... </3
Laura Anne Gilmansuricattus on March 21st, 2017 07:26 pm (UTC)
Always keep yearbooks. Always. Unless you went to eleven different schools.

You probably don't need eight camera bags, no. Not unless you have eight cameras that each need their own bag. I'd take one off your hands but the shipping costs woul probably be equal to buying a new one here. :-(
Autopopeautopope on March 21st, 2017 09:42 pm (UTC)
Schools publish "year books"? Who knew?
kitmizkit on March 21st, 2017 10:19 pm (UTC)
Roughly 320 million Americans :)
Jannejanne on March 21st, 2017 10:38 pm (UTC)
Do I ever know the feeling. Have thrown out much junk lately, but then I had a shopping accident after finding a store that had gaily colored spring clothing in my size. A rare find, and bulky enough to make up for all the books and kitchen stuff I ditched. Sigh! Ever onward!
(Currently motivating myself with the "joy of less" audiobook, which is so humblebragging I can't believe it. But the person reading it is so perky and chipper and motivating. :)
kitmizkit on March 22nd, 2017 08:58 am (UTC)
Well, new clothes that make you feel good are a win, though! And then you can get rid of older duller clothes! Charity shop! <3
hawkwing_lb on March 21st, 2017 11:16 pm (UTC)
Will give you money for French editions. I need to practice. :)
kitmizkit on March 22nd, 2017 08:59 am (UTC)
it's a deal! I've the Negotiator Trilogy and the first 3 Walker Papers + Winter Moon, so whatever you want of those. :)
hawkwing_lb on March 22nd, 2017 05:00 pm (UTC)
I'd take some Walker Papers off your hands! Just let me know what is a reasonable sum.
kitmizkit on March 22nd, 2017 07:06 pm (UTC)
IDK, they're mass markets. Twenty quid for the lot?
hawkwing_lb on March 22nd, 2017 07:30 pm (UTC)
Sold! We'll sort out logistics soonish?
silkiemom on March 22nd, 2017 04:52 am (UTC)
I am going to be so good at reducing my possessions once I get around to reading my 43 decluttering and organizing books.
kitmizkit on March 22nd, 2017 08:59 am (UTC)
+1 :)
6_penny on March 24th, 2017 09:44 pm (UTC)
Does that 300,000 number count individual books? That is what would sink me.