When you live in the hills (as we do, at least for the next 3 weeks) a bcycle is a daunting prospect. And the car not only had bags of books to take to market but a load of other stuff to take to the recycling centre. There was barely room to put the market shopping in.
I have spent a good part of the last 8 days going through "stuff" at my mother's house. Jeez,can't believe the stuff she saved. My f'n report cards from elementary school on up. Letters full of deceit from yours truly during my college years. Did she really need to know what her little casimira was really doing? The best white lies I did come up with. Anyway,other less fun things,dredging up a plethora of highly mixed emotions. Then,the fun part of disposing of it,thank god it's cool enough for the fireplace to be going.
How is everybody doing with this venture? I ended up mailing 4 boxes back here to NOLA from NY as opposed to my usual 7 or more. Still,the question remains, why the need to have all this paper (magazines,newpapers,books) around me? I am beginning to think it's hereditary,as my mother had stacks of magazines about and when I suggested we cull through them she nearly freaked. Much in the same way I do when Mr. C. makes a similar suggestion.
I got up at 4:30 this morning and found myself sorting papers (80% into a large garbage bag), CDs, photos, DVDs. Actually, all of the photos were thrown at random into two big cartons, now completely full, and it will be a major project to actually organize them some day. I saw dozens if not hundreds that I would like to upload, but that will have to wait until I finally get the old computer repaired.
The living room was still a mess when I left, but at least various documents are in specific piles now, and I should be able to motivate myself to finish most of the sorting and filing away.
Then I will have to move on to the closet (the clothes clearly rioted while I was away), but I don't think that will happen tonight.
I absolutely must get the pictures organized, but I'm afraid it is going to take weeks.
I need to find some methodology for --
1. paper family archives 2. paper travel photos 3. paper bad photos which MUST BE THROWN AWAY 4. paper photos that have already been scanned 5. paper photos that I want to scan 6. digital travel photos 7. digital random photos 8. digital photos that need to be DELETED ONCE AND FOR ALL
Kerouac, I sympathise. I have similar problems with photos, digital and otherwise. I even have an ancient book that was for filing negatives. No-one will ever look at them so why do I keep them? It would be helpful if one had a large cupboard allocated for filing pictures and then one could put dates and locations on the shelves. People sometimes ask me why I like to take pictures and the only answer I have is that they are sure to entertain me when I'm eventually bedridden or in a wheelchair.
My bedroom cupboards are cluttered with expensive clothes as well as junk. I have piles of little-worn designer clothes that I would never wear now that I have a casual lifestyle. Perhaps I can sell them on Ebay. I hate to throw them out...surely someone would like pale pink pleated silk skirts and extravagent old evening gowns and shoes? I would never have worn Ugg in those days
On the digital photos, especially since the non-dealt-with ones straight off the camera are space hogs. I go in every once in a while and start deleting, but that one at a time process, with the pop-up asking if I'm really and truly sure I want to delete the item, gets too tedious very quickly.
Yeek, Spindrift ~~ that's a grim thought!
Is there an upscale consignment shop in your area? You have exquisite taste in clothes and that could be a good way to make some money on your nice things without much effort on your part.
Fortunately I move every few years so I have little weeding out to do. I also am not a hoarder, except tools, so I keep on top of things. Maybe you should 'pretend' you are moving apartments and really see what you would take and what you wouldn't. Then you could get down your list within a time limit.
Today I am trying to empty some crates of mystery objects, because I am going to have to pack away my dishes, silverware and other things before the kitchen work is done. I have noticed in the first two crates that just about everything can be divided into 5 categories: mementos, useful items, official archives and straight-to-the-trash. Unfortunately, this last category should ideally represent 25% or more of the total, but so far it only seems to be about 10-15%. I'll have to do better.
I emptied one of my kitchen cupboards completely and found the most amazing things in it. What could I possibly do with all of these chopsticks? When did I ever think that I would make cupcakes? Are the mice destroying my memory, because I certainly never knew that I had 3 different boxes of mouse poison? I was happy to find 4 new mousetraps that I didn't know that I had. I keep thinking that the mouse problem has ended, but a new victim proved me wrong the day before yesterday. There are currently 5 traps upstairs, but now I can add 4 more if they defy me. Once again, only about 15% of the stuff went in the bin. Only about 8 more cupboards to go.
I have noticed in the first two crates that just about everything can be divided into 5 categories: mementos, useful items, official archives and straight-to-the-trash. Unfortunately, this last category should ideally represent 25% or more of the total, but so far it only seems to be about 10-15%. I'll have to do better.
I've counted your categories multiple times and can only find four. This wouldn't be worth commenting on if I hadn't just read an article in which the author talked about a book of short stories "divided into five broadly regionalized sections:" and then listed only four. What a strange coincidence.