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.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.
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.