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Subject:Progress!
Time:09:31 am
The loft has so many boxes and piles of crap in it right now that I have to weave my way through them to get across the room. Believe it or not, this is good progress.

One of them is a big box of stuff to go to charity. Another is two big trash bags that I need to take downstairs to the trash compactor. There's a big pile of cardboard to go into the recycling pile downstairs. Several are piles of stuff that I'm going to keep, but my process is to make piles of like stuff while I sort things, and then put it all away at the end.

I found an entire box of shoes in the storage room. I kept four pairs, half a dozen are in the charity box, and the rest are in the trash. The antique woodwind collection has been extracted... I'll list them all on Ebay soon. Well, all but the original oboe that got me into them in the first place.

More importantly, the area where I want to put servers has been 90% cleared out.

This is insanely difficult for me. I was raised by two generations of pack rats, and I've never learned how not to be one. On the other hand, I'm tired of looking at most of this crap, and I want it to go away. Crap as a collective is much easier to hate than individual pieces, though. Whenever I find something, I go through this mental ritual. "I can't get rid of that." "Why not? What are you going to do with it?" "I might need it someday/It has sentimental value/some other excuse." "Bullshit. You haven't even seen it in two years. Throw it out." "But what if I need it later?" "You can buy a new one." "But... but..."
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gunga_galunga
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Time:2007-02-06 06:54 pm (UTC)
I completely relate. I come from a long line of packrats. Is there really a good reason for me to get rid of my college notebooks?
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whipartist
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Time:2007-02-06 07:59 pm (UTC)
I have a box I call memories. It contains old photos, postcards, and other random smallish stuff that has sentimental value. If I put something into it, I have permission to keep it forever. I'm not sure if notebooks would ever land in there, but yearbooks certainly do.
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gunga_galunga
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Time:2007-02-06 08:25 pm (UTC)
No, the notebooks have zero sentimental value. Basically, they got dumped into a box as I packed up my dorm room and have followed me ever since. Yearbooks are the kind of thing normal people keep. Illegible notebooks from classes I skipped a lot are the kind of thing I keep.
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whitebird
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Time:2007-02-07 03:20 am (UTC)
Put stuff like that in a box with an expiration date, if, after that date, you've not felt the need to look through anything in the box, toss the box.
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j5nn5r
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Time:2007-02-06 09:28 pm (UTC)
"I file everything under 'I' for ,'I might need this someday.'" -- Elf
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slunge
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Time:2007-02-07 01:27 am (UTC)
I used to enforce the rule of "If I have moved twice and not opened the box, it can safely be discarded." The key was to never open the box, that way lies madness.
Now since I haven't moved in 10 years, there is a new rule. "If you haven't used it in 2 years, it should go away." Exempted is my own small private box of stuff, but even that wants for a good cleaning sometime soon.
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whitebird
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Time:2007-02-07 03:22 am (UTC)
I'm starting to get close to the point where I might be able to go through stuff and start throwing away. I am way too much of a packrat for my own good.
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slfisher
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Time:2007-02-07 05:01 am (UTC)
I went through a box recently that had been packed since San Francisco, and discovered that at some point it got infested with some sort of weevil and there was a fair pile of weevil detritus in there. I just thank God I didn't open the box sometime over the past six years when the weevil were extant.
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bldrnrpdx
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Time:2007-02-07 05:33 am (UTC)
I've been going through a more protracted version of this. I knew I'd be moving before too long, so I've spent the last year going through a closet or set of cupboards at a time, weeding stuff out. I knew my price range; I knew I'd be moving to a smaller house. I just started really truly house-hunting this weekend. That's when it hit me just *how much* smaller the next house is going to be.

The thing that's hurting the most at the moment, as I'm working through that "how much smaller" reality, is having to decide on pieces of furniture. I've got a couple of bookshelves and other pieces that, while not fancy or having any remote antique value, they have actually been in my family a generation or three and have some sentimental value, plus I just plain like them.

Tonight I pulled about 8 pounds of paper out of my two file cabinets. Ugh.
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