Monthly Archives: January 2019

Stuff

So, do you like stuff?

Ralph Wiggum (The Simpsons – I Love Lisa)

You may be picking up on a theme this year. The theme of stuff. And how we could all probably benefit from having less of it. I have been looking lately at a lot of YouTube videos on the subject of minimalism and getting rid of stuff. As discussed last week it is difficult – I can’t exactly say I enjoy a challenge but I am going to go at this one.

Which of these methods is your favourite?

I like the minimalist game but me being me I do it in a different way. I like the idea of doing this but randomly. I didn’t start on the 1st of January – but I have already done numbers: 1,2,3,4,5, and 15. So I have a long way to go. Since some of the items were things like receipts that have been kept for some reason – the signs of less have not yet appeared. Nevertheless there are 30 fewer items in my home now. So it is a start.

Photo by Daria Shevtsova from Pexels

This image is what people think of when they hear minimalism. That is not what I am going for. I don’t know what I am going for. I do know that my books will be staying. Even if many of them will never be read (because I keep getting more) they are important to be for themselves. I estimate I have over 350 books. Some of those are cook books – but I estimate that if I bought no more books it would take 13 years to read them all! And that is assuming that I do very little else.


Photo by Rahul from Pexels

I remember hearing about the concept of owning only 100 items. Although this had a few cheats in it. I like books and also CDs so the one item could be my library or my collection. Moving house really highlighted for me just how much rubbish I had. It would be nice if the next time all my stuff, with the exception of larger items of furniture, could fit into one car. That is the ultimate plan. I have some momentum built up and I want to continue with it. And one final thought. Perhaps the most straightforward method for decluttering is when you get something new get rid of at least one thing. It will take time but soon you will have much less stuff.

…No, Ralph, I don’t like stuff.

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I just wanted to say that I have checked this post. I really have. Unfortunately my particular combination of dyslexia and dyspraxia makes it really hard for me to spot typos. Please enjoy and I’ll try not to make too many errors. 

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Set Fire to Your Flat

A tidy and uncluttered apartment with a nice airy feel.
https://www.pexels.com/photo/brown-wooden-center-table-584399/

I hope you like the title and it is not completely click-batey. It goes without saying that I am not advocating arson. Let me explain…

No, there is too much. Let me sum up.

Inigo montoya (The Princess Bride)

I have stuff. So much stuff. I have books, I have clothes, I have a small army of plastic bags, and I have boxes and bags of random junk. They are things that have come off other things and I might need the thing when I figure out what thing they go with so I should keep it just in case I figure it out.

Move the thing. And that other thing.

Vizzini (The Princess Bride)

Some of the stuff in my tiny flat is under the bed. It was under the bed in the last flat too. So yes it has moved from under one bed to another bed and has not passed through a phase of being used.

A picture of flames.
https://www.pexels.com/photo/fire-orange-emergency-burning-1749/

So why did I talk of fire? Because it has occurred to me that if something terrible happened there is so little that would need replacing. All my writing is backed up online. When my computer died a couple of years ago I just went down to Tesco and bought a new laptop. And my files were all on it within about half an hour. I would need new clothes and new kitchen equipment and not much else.

A well stocked book shelf.
https://www.pexels.com/photo/books-in-black-wooden-book-shelf-159711/

The books would be a sad loss – but its not like I have any first additions or anything. In fact the only irreplaceable stuff would be my diaries and some data on the Wii (Yes I still use the Wii – I am old you see.)

A beautifully tidy house.
https://www.pexels.com/photo/bed-bedroom-ceiling-fan-chair-280208/

When the dust settles and I am safely in a new place I could get new stuff and be sensible about it. For instance I have lots of mugs. So many in fact that if I invited that many people over we would hardly be able to move. So what is the practical solution to clutter?

Tiding up does feel like a military operation.
(Plus I always like to have a reason to share my love of this film.)

There are so many books on the subject of tiding up that if you got them all it would really clutter up a home. I have started by putting stuff into bags. Some of it will be kept, some of it will be binned, and some of it will go down the charity shop. In an ideal would I would shift every signal thing elsewhere and slowly bring it back so as to identify what I actually want. With only one room that is impossible – unless I used an expensive self-storage place.

To say I have a plan would be wrong. Even Baldrick had a plan! The only solution is one bag at a time. And maybe, just maybe, I can make a home that I don’t feel embarrassed to look at. It is so easy to accumulate stuff and so had to get rid of it. Like I said at the beginning though – if it was all gone so little of it would be missed. So I don’t understand why I can’t just get rid of the random stuff I have – even stuff I don’t immediately know what it is.

A tidy studio apartment.
Photo by Medhat Ayad from Pexels

Maybe you too are trying to have a clear out. In which case good luck. Maybe you’re a minimalist in which case I envy your ability to let go. Whatever space you’re living in I hope you are happy – now I am going to move on to the next task on my rather obsessive to-do list.

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I just wanted to say that I have checked this post. I really have. Unfortunately my particular combination of dyslexia and dyspraxia makes it really hard for me to spot typos. Please enjoy and I’ll try not to make too many errors.

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How has Your First Week Been?

https://www.pexels.com/photo/blackboard-business-chalkboard-concept-355988/

I can’t answer that question as I haven’t lived it yet. This is the problem with writing these things so far in advance. A week has happened though and hopefully it was a good week.

Additional: Although now the week has happened as apparently I am proficient at procrastination. Not that I haven’t been doing stuff I just haven’t been doing this!

https://www.pexels.com/photo/man-flying-on-parachute-near-green-trees-67298/

The new year always feels like parachuting to me. The end of the year has happened. The celebrations have happened and suddenly it is just January. Which to me is a bit of a nothing month.

Suddenly I am in free fall into a new would of possibilities. And as the year goes on the ground gets closer and closer and I start to wonder if the parachute will open – will the end of the year make me feel I have achieved something?

https://www.pexels.com/photo/achievement-confident-free-freedom-6945/

Time ticks away and every year seems to go faster than the one that preceded it. We have so much time each year and yet so much of it is already allocated to work, cooking, cleaning, and other necessities. I know where I want to be in 365 days time – it has been the same for the last few years. The question is how do I get to the destination.

https://www.pexels.com/photo/backpack-commute-commuters-locomotive-1170184/

It is said metaphorically and literally that the journey is as important as the destination. I am not so sure that that is true. A train journey can be fun, especially if travelling through a picturesque part of the world, but wouldn’t you hate it if you never arrived? Sounds like a hell realm to me. Especially as over priced snacks would be all there was to eat.

…in many human cultures, the thirtieth birthday is considered a sort of milestone. It marks the end of youth and the beginning of the slow march into middle age.

Doctor Bashir (DS9: Distant Voices)

In September I will be 32 and that fact is somewhat scary. The plan for my life, such as it was, didn’t come to fruition. I feel like I am taking all my time just to stay afloat in life and not get anywhere. This year I need to get somewhere.

Photo by Anugrah Lohiya from Pexels

My passport is on the table in front of my now. And I need to use it. I have some savings and I think I need to plan a trip. Planning is difficult for me. My job requires booking leave a year in advance for one thing. For another I can’t book a flight and an Air b’n’b without work granting me leave and I can’t ask for leave before knowing the flights – Catch 22.

Maybe this sounds silly to you and maybe it is. This is something I need to work on.

One week into the year I am a bit shaky and not that happy. I am glad though that I have written this post and continued my unbroken chain on this blog. See you next week.

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I just wanted to say that I have checked this post. I really have. Unfortunately my particular combination of dyslexia and dyspraxia makes it really hard for me to spot typos. Please enjoy and I’ll try not to make too many errors.

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