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13 October 2005 @ 01:15 pm
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sisabet: stop struggling with technology and buy fun gadgets. Household Fun Yay!

Last night, heart pounding with excitement, I bought a shoe organizer and some kitchen shelving that precisely fits the only space I have available, exactly what I've been wanting for a year now, so that I can store appliances that previously crowded every other surface. I immediately started mentally plotting dinner table placement--I don't have one now. I also hung pictures. Not mentally--actually.

Like Sisabet, I have advice for Better Living, and I use my coffee break to deliver it to the world.
1. Throw away crap you aren't using. Tissue paper, bits of string, that modeling clay you bought for some reason, the broken wristwatch you've vaguely been meaning to get fixed, the little glass figurines you got free with your tea-bags, the orphan house-keys from the place you lived in childhood. Just, seriously: trash them. Don't bother to box anything up for Goodwill, because you know that you'll never go there.

2. Break down those stupid boxes you got your computer in and trash them too. You're never going to ship your computer back to Dell if it dies. You'll have someone local fix it or get a new one.

3. You never watch those video tapes. You've got everything on DVD now. They're reusable but you have FIVE THOUSAND. You know there's a place that recycles them. But you'll NEVER MAIL THEM THERE. Keep half and toss the rest.

4. Stock up on cleaning products. You'll use them someday.

5. Divest yourself of all the clothes you never wear, especially if you've lost weight. If you keep them, you're just subconsciously planning to gain weight again.

6. Buy a really good shredder.

7. You can throw away things in your fridge even if they're not moldy yet. You also don't have to keep boxes of uneaten cereal. You've forgotten when you bought them and they're probably more than six months old. Time passes quickly. You can also throw away wrinkled, unfinished toothpaste tubes and bottles of shampoo with a dubious-looking inch left in the bottom.
I probably sound like a typical first-world waster, but I don't care. It's just not worth it. And if you live in an urban neighborhood, people will forage and clean out your dumpsters of anything useful anyway.
 
 
 
Jonquil Serpyllumjonquil on October 13th, 2005 08:26 pm (UTC)
If you have an attic, KEEP your electronics boxes. They're very useful when you move cross-country.
Anna S.: alien reseliade on October 13th, 2005 08:41 pm (UTC)
If I had an attic, it would have spiders and I'd never go up there. ;)
Herself_nycherself_nyc on October 13th, 2005 08:27 pm (UTC)
I'm the same! I just did a bunch of throwing out like that.
I need a better shredder. I'm going to throw out my current shredder! That'll larn it!
Anna S.: atlantis-sunseteliade on October 13th, 2005 08:41 pm (UTC)
Shred the shredder, man.
Basingstokebasingstoke on October 13th, 2005 10:15 pm (UTC)
eaceac on October 13th, 2005 08:30 pm (UTC)
5. Divest yourself of all the clothes you never wear, especially if you've lost weight. If you keep them, you're just subconsciously planning to gain weight again.

What if you're keeping the clothes from before you gained weight?
Anna S.: cat-adorableeliade on October 13th, 2005 08:42 pm (UTC)
Throw them out if (a) they're more than a year old, and/or (b) you're not currently dieting and exercising. Is what I say. ;)
Jonquil Serpyllumjonquil on October 13th, 2005 09:52 pm (UTC)
Unless you're very poor, don't. When you've lost the weight, you can buy clothes that suit the current fashion.

Signed, needs to clean out her closet tonight
Sarapanisdead on October 13th, 2005 08:38 pm (UTC)
I am SO RIGHT THERE WITH YOU. I throw shit out all the TIME, and it is wonderful. I just got back from visiting my parents and in-laws, all of whom are horrific packrats, and just being in their houses made me anxious and crabby. I hate to admit it, but Flylady is right.

Also, I totally typed "horrific pirates" up there, which would have given you a much more exciting picture of my childhood than my truthful nature permits.
Anna S.: daniel-stunningeliade on October 13th, 2005 08:42 pm (UTC)
Flylady?

Horrific pirates. Heeee.
Sarapanisdead on October 13th, 2005 09:04 pm (UTC)
http://flylady.net/pages/FLYInglessons.asp

She's a little overly sincere for my taste, but I use a modified version of her approach for my housework/cooking/organizing, and it really does work like a charm. And her thing about clutter is that keeping a bunch of crap in your home is a way to avoid facing the crap in your life, and as much as I dislike such a pat philosophy, in my case it's proved excruciatingly true.

If that interests you, popfantastic also runs a very low-traffic community, get_a_handle. I've found a lot of the posts useful in terms of plotting strategy.
veredusveredus on October 13th, 2005 08:39 pm (UTC)
Buy a really good shredder.

That's the best advice ever.
Anna S.: harry-pottereliade on October 13th, 2005 08:42 pm (UTC)
Shredding is fun and therapeutic!
veredusveredus on October 13th, 2005 08:51 pm (UTC)
Plus it protects sensitive information! Plus provides free packaging material to stuff with! Plus it makes you look forward to junk mail so you'll have stuff to shred with!

err...may be a little TOO enthusiastic about shredders...*slinks away*
Anna S.: dh-beautyeliade on October 13th, 2005 08:56 pm (UTC)
Plus, bleach pens!

*slinks with you*
veredusveredus on October 13th, 2005 09:18 pm (UTC)
...

*slinks away from you*
Mireillemireille719 on October 13th, 2005 08:48 pm (UTC)
3. You never watch those video tapes. You've got everything on DVD now.

My life got much easier when I realized this. The only things I still have on videotape are some things that aren't out on DVD yet (or will never be) that I do watch from time to time.
Anna S.: sydney-bristoweliade on October 13th, 2005 08:57 pm (UTC)
I know! For a while I kept thinking, "But they're *back-ups*!" Then I realized: This is not a computer! yeah...
Poshykittyposhcat on October 13th, 2005 08:51 pm (UTC)
But...but...I got a free frog with my tea-bags! And a free sea lion!!! In 1974!!! And they mean everything to me!!! Which is why they're sitting at the bottom of some junk drawer somewhere in the house.

::blushes::
Anna S.: cat-adorableeliade on October 13th, 2005 08:56 pm (UTC)
*heeee* *hugs you*
ex_dovil323 on October 13th, 2005 09:12 pm (UTC)
I have so many boxes stuck under my bed it's like a box factory exploded under there, just waiting for when I move, for I always end up moving. But you are wise with your words of wisdom.

One day I will buy a shredder and make box confetti and tuck that under my bed instead.
sisabetsisabet on October 13th, 2005 09:13 pm (UTC)
A SHREDDER!!! I totally need a shredder.

Now - can I just shred all my mail when I get it or do I actually have to read it? Cause that part will probably trip me up.
Minim Calibreminim_calibre on October 13th, 2005 09:23 pm (UTC)
I buy Red Rose JUST so I can get the little animals!

I have a thing for them. I can't help it.

We do make it to Goodwill to unload our crap. I'm trying to make it a weekly thing, but we're managing maybe once a month.
torchflambeau on October 13th, 2005 09:24 pm (UTC)
I kept my clothes from before I gained weight. Now I wear them again. Remember those brown pants I wore for Connexions one year?

...okay, they weren't that memorable.

What I think is, throw out stuff that isn't making you happy. Except bills. not those.
Morgan Dawn: Ariel Yes?morgandawn on October 13th, 2005 09:54 pm (UTC)
donate your offair tapes to senior centers, youth centers and nursing homes. if they are commercial tapes, donate them to your library.
Trepkos: Giggle by Angstpuppytrepkos on October 13th, 2005 11:07 pm (UTC)
Can I have the little glass animals?
They sound cute!

Yes, my house is full of crap.
I need a bigger house.
namastenancynamastenancy on October 13th, 2005 11:08 pm (UTC)
WHAT! Throw away my priceless collection of toy images from Crackerjack boxes? My mismatched sets of glasses from McDonald's? NEVER! Clutches junk to chest/bosom/whatever and backs away carefully.
Otherwise, I'm right with you on the rest of the suggestions.
kymess_jr: we all need a mascot (by infinitemonkeyskymess_jr on October 13th, 2005 11:57 pm (UTC)
2. Break down those stupid boxes you got your computer in and trash them too. You're never going to ship your computer back to Dell if it dies. You'll have someone local fix it or get a new one.

This is too true...
the kid with the bullet soul: XF Mulder is it porn?exsequar on October 14th, 2005 01:46 am (UTC)
That all makes a lot a lot of sense. I'd memoryize this for when I get my own place, but since that's two years from now I doubt I'll remember to look at it again :P Great advice though!