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23 June 2013 @ 12:54 pm
useful or beautiful  

Keep nothing, they say, that you do not know to be useful or find to be beautiful.

I’m in the stage of packing my office right now that it’s painfully clear I have a lot of shit that is neither. It’s obvious now, what with moving looming, that many items of sentimental value–Rogue & Gambit figurines collected by myself or by others for me, or mementos like the glass Pepsi bottle I kept from my first trip to the UK & Ireland in 1993–which, while I’m still fond of them, no longer feel worth the space or clutter or effort. With the gifts, this adds a layer of guilt; with the things that I bought, regret.

If we had an American-sized house, I would no doubt keep all of them happily, but for months all my figurines have been collected in a tiny precarious space on top of a bookshelf, not so much displayed as left there because there was nowhere else to put them. Many of them are too valuable to just throw out, but eBaying requires effort (and of course time not currently available, because I never move to *do* anything about this kind of stuff when we’re not moving) or they’re items that aren’t worth trying to re-sell but are in fine condition and it just seems a shame to dump them. They could be brought to charity shops, but again with time not currently available.

I also find the boxes of art supplies or fabric, which have gone pretty much untouched the 3 years we’ve been in this house, fairly depressing. There doesn’t seem to be much point in keeping them except as a representation of faint, bitter hope, or as something I used to do.

The office is also a terrible, terrible mess, so the fact that it’s nearly packed up doesn’t actually reflect in the way it looks right now.

Sigh. Back to it, I guess. One or two more boxes ought to take care of the rest of it, pretty much…

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

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kitmizkit on June 23rd, 2013 03:30 pm (UTC)
You've never met Irish houses, I'm afraid. Unless we somehow come into a great deal more money than I ever expect to, it's not really likely we're going to have space. Or at least for the next 20 years, which is too long to be jackassing shit around. :)
-peartreealley on June 23rd, 2013 03:09 pm (UTC)
When I haven't touched a craft in years, particularly one that takes up a lot of space, I give it to a friend who is into the same craft. That's what happened to all of my beading supplies, and when I was an on-and-off knitter/crocheter I'd periodically dump my yarn and such on another knitting friend.

Yes, I sometimes have to buy supplies again later, but I think starting clean helped :)

As for the figurines... M and I have developed a system while going through my Dad's old things to which I close my eyes and he takes things somewhere and does something with them, and I never ask about what happened to them. Particularly those things you haven't noticed for years, but suddenly it's in front of your face and you're torn deciding whether or not to keep it.

And, in the end, some things just get shoved into boxes, with the promise of "I'll figure out what to do with that later." We have our fair share of those each move, too. Some don't even get unpacked between them.
kitmizkit on June 23rd, 2013 03:31 pm (UTC)
OTOH, I think the only thing that keeps me from buying new art supplies is knowing I have plenty I don't use. If I got rid of them I'm pretty certain I'd be unable to resist getting more regardless of whether they're used or not. :)
Brienze: meddle mycroftbrienze on June 23rd, 2013 03:21 pm (UTC)
Maybe the figurines could be left in a box marked "future toys for Young Indy". Then they're not purposeless.
kitmizkit on June 23rd, 2013 03:25 pm (UTC)
Ah, the ones that are toy-appropriate have already gone that way. These are more of the $300 limited edition figurine kinds of things. Not toys at all, but display statuettes.

I like your icon. :)
Brienze: meddle mycroftbrienze on June 23rd, 2013 03:33 pm (UTC)
In that case, box them up, move them, and finding time to ebay them will translate into one or more camera lenses. :) (My unit of measurement is skeins of expensive yarn, but I'm guessing for you it's camera lenses.)

And thanks! Mycroft is my favorite.
kitmizkit on June 23rd, 2013 03:36 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I think I need to eBay most of them, post-move.

Looking at that as an investment in a camera lens is a great idea. :)
No Xtink is Xtink.goingferal on June 23rd, 2013 06:27 pm (UTC)
Maybe put them into an "Ebay Me" box with other likely sellables?
Kari Sperringla_marquise_de_ on June 23rd, 2013 04:54 pm (UTC)
I will store your figurines for you, if you think they'd post safely and have time to do that.
irishkateirishkate on June 23rd, 2013 05:44 pm (UTC)
ebay the ones worth money that you aren't keeping.

consider the various irish cons raffle prizes for any that are in good shape and might be of interest to those people.

obviously keep the ones you love most and consider putting up wall shelves in the sittingroom to display them - somewhere you can't put a bookshelf but you could put up a couple of shelves out of indy's reach...

Mary Anne: pixelpers1stence on June 23rd, 2013 06:04 pm (UTC)
Some of these things you *will* have more time for in the not-so-distant future. When Young Indy gets a couple years older, especially when he starts school, you'll have some few minutes to do things -- including e-baying and sewing, etc.
Deborah Blakedeborahblakehps on June 23rd, 2013 06:07 pm (UTC)
I'm not in the middle of a move (thank the goddess), but I am cleaning and clearing out and reorganizing STUFF. Most of that got done last year, but I'm down to the two most difficult rooms: the craft/crap rooms (including the jewelry supplies which I still use to make a living, but many of which will no longer be used now that I no longer do craft fairs, give classes, or do that many other parts of that career that have been replaced by writing instead), and the mudroom (tools, paint, planting supplies, gah).

I keep telling myself I should get rid of all my boxes of fabric, since I literally haven't touched the sewing machine in 10 years. But Any Minute Now, I'm going to make those curtains...