a break and hang out.
don't be a
to the discussion boards
and talk talk.
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With the nature of the world around us as it is, itís no surprise
that we all have so much stuff. Itís equally easy to understand why we
have so much trouble getting rid of our stuff. But weíre not here to
make excuses -- the title of this article isnít "How to Stockpile
Stuff", right? We're here to learn how to separate the unnecessary
stuff from what we really need, and how to make sure the unnecessary
stuff makes it to the proper disposal bin (and not just to another space
for stuff). While some might describe this process as
"purging" or "cleaning up," I show deference to my
librarian roots: I call it "weeding."
A Plan for Weeding
a new use for the soon-to-be-empty space.
Keep your goal in mind while you are clearing away the junk. Put this
newly uncluttered space to good use, or you may be tempted to fill it
with more of the same junk!
Have plenty of containers ready to carry the materials away.
You should have enough boxes, trash bags, recycling bins, and other
containers so you don't run out of them in the middle of your cleaning,
potentially leaving the remainder of the junk pile to linger for months
or (gasp!) years.
aside a short period of time to weed your junk. For example, give
yourself only 15 minutes to gather those magazines into bags or
recycling bins. The short amount of time guarantees that you will not
dawdle and leaf through each issue to look for an interesting article
that will cause you to keep the magazine (and all the ones like it).
Working under a self-imposed deadline will give you only enough time to
collect the materials and head for the door.
a friend who is not a packrat to help you. Choose someone who you
know won't let you keep anything you don't absolutely need.
the getaway car ready. If you are donating items to the Goodwill or
other local charity, be sure you can move the items straight from your
place to the car and off to their final destination all in the same day.
Otherwise, that large box of well-intentioned donations might stay in
the hallway forever.
so what to
do about all that school stuff?
lounge . nourish .
. laze . home.