I should get rid of it

January 16, 2010

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My first home computer was this Macintosh Performa 631CD. You can see how much I still use it. So I ought to get rid of it, right? I don’t hang on to it because I’m overly sentimental or because I like to keep stuff. I hang on to it mostly because it came to rest in a place that doesn’t inconvenience me. Therefore, it requires no immediate action. And I’m all about not taking immediate action.

I should take action though. I have so many things that, well, let’s face it, I haven’t thought about at least since I moved over four years ago. If I haven’t needed it, let alone thought about it, in four years, I ought to just get rid of it, right?

What sorts of thing are taking up space in my place?

Old electronics. The Performa, an old CD stereo component, various small things such as extra headphones, cables, and so on.

Clothing. Oh, don’t even get me started. When I was packing up my old place, I made one separate box of shirts and too-small jeans that I will never wear again. Where is that box? In my bedroom closet. And speaking of my closet, most of the other clothes hanging in it I never wear. Some of the items are too small to be sure, but the collection also includes many shirts with collars. I have developed an aversion to wearing things that give my hair space to go into and bug me.

Cookware. I could lighten that load by about two-thirds, probably. Again, there are things in my cupboards that I can’t even think of the last time I used them, but some of them are specialized and you never know when you will need them, such as the bundt cake pan, Grandma’s apple masher, the springform pan. The only square/rectangular pans I use anymore are the Pyrex ones. The metal ones suck.

Miscellaneous. In the back of one of my walk-in closets is a box of fabric and patterns that I will never make. My bookcases are full of useless and/or meaningless books (except, of course, for the ones I wrote). My other bookcases are full of cookbooks that I never consult.

So on and so forth.

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