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Official: Too Much Stuff

You would think that having recently divested the household of 8 boxes of books I’d be sitting pretty. Not even close. Can’t even tell they’re gone, to be frank. We officially have too much stuff. Junk. Crap. Detritus.

In order to make room for the washing machine repairman (who didn’t show up yesterday and swears, swears they’re coming tomorrow morning now) I had to move things that I’d been storing in the laundry room (which is larger than a standard closet but smaller than a walk-in closet). Those things largely bankers boxes of papers and assorted files) are now taking up a good corner of my kitchen. The kitchen is already my defacto office and I have shelves, boxes, filing cabinets and all the random things you’d expect to find in an office here in addition to the stuff you’d expect to find in a kitchen. The kitchen table is completely ringed by boxes, shelves, bins and piles waiting for storage. We’ve even got shelves in the corners of the landings in the stairway and in the upstairs hallway!

Upstairs the bedroom is in the same state: shelves on every wall, over the bed, under the windows. Boxes, laundry baskets, drawers and other storage options ring the bed on all sides. Closets are full (winter clothes, summer clothes, everyday clothes, business and “occasion” attire, luggage, and some stray boxes of yet more junk). The upstairs guest bathroom has spent the last year as a storage room, mostly old boxes of Kate’s old toys or kids’ books that are slightly damaged (thanks to a book-binding nibbler named Bonnie) and not suitable for resale but still decent books that I can’t bring myself to throw out or recycle. Kate can’t walk in her room at the moment because I haven’t been able to take apart the old deluxe (expensive!) bunny cage to get it out of her room nor have I been able to remove the coffee table that has lived in her room as furniture since her Kindergarten days. I’d put that junk in the garage but the garage is also full. FULL. In anticipation of the recent windstorm I moved a large pile of boxes (and goddamn packing peanuts… oh how I HATE packing peanuts) off the back porch and into the garage. That took up the very last available space that there was in there….

The “office” is also full. Years ago we took the door off the room to be able to get another book shelf wedged in. That shelf is long full and so is the rest of the office. Full, full, full.

I look around at all the stuff and I know more is coming. There’s always more. Birthdays, Christmas, new technology supplanting the old, more Green Ronin books (and more…and more…always more…) and things I can’t even predict. I look around and I don’t know where to start purging. We need those Clean Sweep people to come and ruthlessly purge. Or a giant dumpster from Trashbusters that can just be indiscriminately filled and hauled away.

79 comments to Official: Too Much Stuff

  • Maybe you should tell people to give you shares in a storage shed rather than other gifts this year.

    • A practical solution. I’m not entirely sure I want to keep all this stuff even in a remote location.

      • Oh, not a rental space. I meant filling your yard with storage sheds. It’ll cut down on the locations for the neighborhood kids to get into mischief. Or even better, it’ll make the stuff look attractive and they’ll steal it!

        Or how about a yard/tag/lawn sale?

  • Maybe you should tell people to give you shares in a storage shed rather than other gifts this year.

    • A practical solution. I’m not entirely sure I want to keep all this stuff even in a remote location.

      • Oh, not a rental space. I meant filling your yard with storage sheds. It’ll cut down on the locations for the neighborhood kids to get into mischief. Or even better, it’ll make the stuff look attractive and they’ll steal it!

        Or how about a yard/tag/lawn sale?

      • Oh, not a rental space. I meant filling your yard with storage sheds. It’ll cut down on the locations for the neighborhood kids to get into mischief. Or even better, it’ll make the stuff look attractive and they’ll steal it!

        Or how about a yard/tag/lawn sale?

    • A practical solution. I’m not entirely sure I want to keep all this stuff even in a remote location.

  • Maybe you should tell people to give you shares in a storage shed rather than other gifts this year.

  • Maybe you should tell people to give you shares in a storage shed rather than other gifts this year.

    • A practical solution. I’m not entirely sure I want to keep all this stuff even in a remote location.

      • Oh, not a rental space. I meant filling your yard with storage sheds. It’ll cut down on the locations for the neighborhood kids to get into mischief. Or even better, it’ll make the stuff look attractive and they’ll steal it!

        Or how about a yard/tag/lawn sale?

  • Maybe you should tell people to give you shares in a storage shed rather than other gifts this year.

  • Start with one corner. Work your way out from there. I’m going through the same sort of thing right now, though my place is smaller and has less storage so the overall accumulation is less. Looks the same, though.

  • Start with one corner. Work your way out from there. I’m going through the same sort of thing right now, though my place is smaller and has less storage so the overall accumulation is less. Looks the same, though.

  • Start with one corner. Work your way out from there. I’m going through the same sort of thing right now, though my place is smaller and has less storage so the overall accumulation is less. Looks the same, though.

  • Start with one corner. Work your way out from there. I’m going through the same sort of thing right now, though my place is smaller and has less storage so the overall accumulation is less. Looks the same, though.

  • Start with one corner. Work your way out from there. I’m going through the same sort of thing right now, though my place is smaller and has less storage so the overall accumulation is less. Looks the same, though.

  • We’re doing the same thing here, and were quite motivated by you and Chris triumphantly ditching 8 boxes. We’re aiming for something similar. We have boxes of books I inherited from Phillipe, boxes of stuff from the house I grew up in as sold by my folks this year, and boxes of stuff we just never unpacked. But the house is so small it’s all in the living room, blocking out furniture. Ugh.

    Getting rid of stuff feels good, though. Shedding. I like a lot of these books, but I’m not really going to read them again. What’s the old saying? The stuff you own ends up stacked on your back until you finally suffocate and die? Something like that.

    • The stuff you own ends up stacked on your back until you finally suffocate and die? Something like that.

      Precisely how I feel. When I look around the house and think a house fire might not be such a bad thing because it’d be a clean start… it’s bad.

    • It feels so much better to have these few books (hah! 750+ books! that is including gaming books though) than the tons I had before.

      I own my things now, they no longer own me.

  • We’re doing the same thing here, and were quite motivated by you and Chris triumphantly ditching 8 boxes. We’re aiming for something similar. We have boxes of books I inherited from Phillipe, boxes of stuff from the house I grew up in as sold by my folks this year, and boxes of stuff we just never unpacked. But the house is so small it’s all in the living room, blocking out furniture. Ugh.

    Getting rid of stuff feels good, though. Shedding. I like a lot of these books, but I’m not really going to read them again. What’s the old saying? The stuff you own ends up stacked on your back until you finally suffocate and die? Something like that.

    • The stuff you own ends up stacked on your back until you finally suffocate and die? Something like that.

      Precisely how I feel. When I look around the house and think a house fire might not be such a bad thing because it’d be a clean start… it’s bad.

    • The stuff you own ends up stacked on your back until you finally suffocate and die? Something like that.

      Precisely how I feel. When I look around the house and think a house fire might not be such a bad thing because it’d be a clean start… it’s bad.

    • It feels so much better to have these few books (hah! 750+ books! that is including gaming books though) than the tons I had before.

      I own my things now, they no longer own me.

    • It feels so much better to have these few books (hah! 750+ books! that is including gaming books though) than the tons I had before.

      I own my things now, they no longer own me.

  • We’re doing the same thing here, and were quite motivated by you and Chris triumphantly ditching 8 boxes. We’re aiming for something similar. We have boxes of books I inherited from Phillipe, boxes of stuff from the house I grew up in as sold by my folks this year, and boxes of stuff we just never unpacked. But the house is so small it’s all in the living room, blocking out furniture. Ugh.

    Getting rid of stuff feels good, though. Shedding. I like a lot of these books, but I’m not really going to read them again. What’s the old saying? The stuff you own ends up stacked on your back until you finally suffocate and die? Something like that.

  • We’re doing the same thing here, and were quite motivated by you and Chris triumphantly ditching 8 boxes. We’re aiming for something similar. We have boxes of books I inherited from Phillipe, boxes of stuff from the house I grew up in as sold by my folks this year, and boxes of stuff we just never unpacked. But the house is so small it’s all in the living room, blocking out furniture. Ugh.

    Getting rid of stuff feels good, though. Shedding. I like a lot of these books, but I’m not really going to read them again. What’s the old saying? The stuff you own ends up stacked on your back until you finally suffocate and die? Something like that.

  • We’re doing the same thing here, and were quite motivated by you and Chris triumphantly ditching 8 boxes. We’re aiming for something similar. We have boxes of books I inherited from Phillipe, boxes of stuff from the house I grew up in as sold by my folks this year, and boxes of stuff we just never unpacked. But the house is so small it’s all in the living room, blocking out furniture. Ugh.

    Getting rid of stuff feels good, though. Shedding. I like a lot of these books, but I’m not really going to read them again. What’s the old saying? The stuff you own ends up stacked on your back until you finally suffocate and die? Something like that.

  • The stuff you own ends up stacked on your back until you finally suffocate and die? Something like that.

    Precisely how I feel. When I look around the house and think a house fire might not be such a bad thing because it’d be a clean start… it’s bad.

  • A practical solution. I’m not entirely sure I want to keep all this stuff even in a remote location.

  • But what about the minis? I mean, uh, think about the children!

  • Oh, not a rental space. I meant filling your yard with storage sheds. It’ll cut down on the locations for the neighborhood kids to get into mischief. Or even better, it’ll make the stuff look attractive and they’ll steal it!

    Or how about a yard/tag/lawn sale?

  • Or just post on Craig’s List that “everything must go”… :-p

  • Or just post on Craig’s List that “everything must go”… :-p

  • Or just post on Craig’s List that “everything must go”… :-p

  • Or just post on Craig’s List that “everything must go”… :-p

  • Or just post on Craig’s List that “everything must go”… :-p

  • buy a good auto-feed scanner. You’ll probably spend about $500-600, but you may save your sanity.

    scan everything on paper and ditch the originals. since most jurisdictions accept electronic capture these days the reasons for keeping papers are almost nil.

    when I say everything I mean everything. receipts, report cards, recipes (hehe), everything.

    there are several hundred cheap indexing and storage solutions, for both macs and pcs. Devon comes to mind for the mac but several of the pc solutions are actually better. I think it is called simple solutions, or some such.

    • OMG. That’d take me half of my life.

      Or let’s just average it:

      750 books at 250 pages each = 187,500 at 30 seconds (if I’m going fast and not distracted) each = 5,625,000 seconds which comes out to 1,562.5 hours of work. If I was getting paid to do that it’d take me 39 work weeks (8 hours a day) to finish all of that.

      And I’m guessing iamnikchick has more books than I do.

      • I’m not talking about books per se, even though I am talking about a lot of the game books that they have available as pdf files. I am talking about all of the other detritus of running your own business.

        As for the rest, well, there is no substitute for purging. You start with the point in the house farthest from your workspace and spiral in.

  • buy a good auto-feed scanner. You’ll probably spend about $500-600, but you may save your sanity.

    scan everything on paper and ditch the originals. since most jurisdictions accept electronic capture these days the reasons for keeping papers are almost nil.

    when I say everything I mean everything. receipts, report cards, recipes (hehe), everything.

    there are several hundred cheap indexing and storage solutions, for both macs and pcs. Devon comes to mind for the mac but several of the pc solutions are actually better. I think it is called simple solutions, or some such.

    • OMG. That’d take me half of my life.

      Or let’s just average it:

      750 books at 250 pages each = 187,500 at 30 seconds (if I’m going fast and not distracted) each = 5,625,000 seconds which comes out to 1,562.5 hours of work. If I was getting paid to do that it’d take me 39 work weeks (8 hours a day) to finish all of that.

      And I’m guessing iamnikchick has more books than I do.

      • I’m not talking about books per se, even though I am talking about a lot of the game books that they have available as pdf files. I am talking about all of the other detritus of running your own business.

        As for the rest, well, there is no substitute for purging. You start with the point in the house farthest from your workspace and spiral in.

      • I’m not talking about books per se, even though I am talking about a lot of the game books that they have available as pdf files. I am talking about all of the other detritus of running your own business.

        As for the rest, well, there is no substitute for purging. You start with the point in the house farthest from your workspace and spiral in.

    • OMG. That’d take me half of my life.

      Or let’s just average it:

      750 books at 250 pages each = 187,500 at 30 seconds (if I’m going fast and not distracted) each = 5,625,000 seconds which comes out to 1,562.5 hours of work. If I was getting paid to do that it’d take me 39 work weeks (8 hours a day) to finish all of that.

      And I’m guessing iamnikchick has more books than I do.

  • buy a good auto-feed scanner. You’ll probably spend about $500-600, but you may save your sanity.

    scan everything on paper and ditch the originals. since most jurisdictions accept electronic capture these days the reasons for keeping papers are almost nil.

    when I say everything I mean everything. receipts, report cards, recipes (hehe), everything.

    there are several hundred cheap indexing and storage solutions, for both macs and pcs. Devon comes to mind for the mac but several of the pc solutions are actually better. I think it is called simple solutions, or some such.

  • buy a good auto-feed scanner. You’ll probably spend about $500-600, but you may save your sanity.

    scan everything on paper and ditch the originals. since most jurisdictions accept electronic capture these days the reasons for keeping papers are almost nil.

    when I say everything I mean everything. receipts, report cards, recipes (hehe), everything.

    there are several hundred cheap indexing and storage solutions, for both macs and pcs. Devon comes to mind for the mac but several of the pc solutions are actually better. I think it is called simple solutions, or some such.

    • OMG. That’d take me half of my life.

      Or let’s just average it:

      750 books at 250 pages each = 187,500 at 30 seconds (if I’m going fast and not distracted) each = 5,625,000 seconds which comes out to 1,562.5 hours of work. If I was getting paid to do that it’d take me 39 work weeks (8 hours a day) to finish all of that.

      And I’m guessing iamnikchick has more books than I do.

      • I’m not talking about books per se, even though I am talking about a lot of the game books that they have available as pdf files. I am talking about all of the other detritus of running your own business.

        As for the rest, well, there is no substitute for purging. You start with the point in the house farthest from your workspace and spiral in.

  • buy a good auto-feed scanner. You’ll probably spend about $500-600, but you may save your sanity.

    scan everything on paper and ditch the originals. since most jurisdictions accept electronic capture these days the reasons for keeping papers are almost nil.

    when I say everything I mean everything. receipts, report cards, recipes (hehe), everything.

    there are several hundred cheap indexing and storage solutions, for both macs and pcs. Devon comes to mind for the mac but several of the pc solutions are actually better. I think it is called simple solutions, or some such.

  • Underground storage? Bomb shelters? Surely they can’t be against bomb shelters!

  • Underground storage? Bomb shelters? Surely they can’t be against bomb shelters!

  • Underground storage? Bomb shelters? Surely they can’t be against bomb shelters!

  • Underground storage? Bomb shelters? Surely they can’t be against bomb shelters!

  • Underground storage? Bomb shelters? Surely they can’t be against bomb shelters!

  • If we weren’t planning on selling our house, I’d consider a fire rather than moving all of our crap.

  • I declared an immigration policy on incoming books last year. I have two very large bookshelves, three small ones, and one medium low/long one. (Ntm the nightstand bookends of six books)

    They were all full and the big ones were halfway doubled up. So I went through every book and if I hadn’t read it in five years, didn’t think I was going to read it again, and didn’t get at least a four or five (out of five) on my personal book scoring system (basically how much I liked it/got out of it/appreciated it/respected it) then it went into a box.

    Once I had gotten all of my shelves to a manageable level (my fiance helped as well) and cleared space for about fifteen books I took those three boxes of extras to my local Bookmans and sold them.

    This way the books continue to bring pleasure to others, I was able to buy fifteen books (with credit) and a bunch of DVDs and CDs. Now I just need to do this to my DVDs and CDs. ^_^

    I then have a sort of revolving door policy regarding books. Every couple of months I go sell some of the books I don’t want to keep anymore and buy some more. I also have started going to the library more to read books I’ve heard about that aren’t nec. brand new. This saves permanent shelf space (and I can always buy the book if it is that good), and lets me keep up my voracious reading pace. =P

  • I declared an immigration policy on incoming books last year. I have two very large bookshelves, three small ones, and one medium low/long one. (Ntm the nightstand bookends of six books)

    They were all full and the big ones were halfway doubled up. So I went through every book and if I hadn’t read it in five years, didn’t think I was going to read it again, and didn’t get at least a four or five (out of five) on my personal book scoring system (basically how much I liked it/got out of it/appreciated it/respected it) then it went into a box.

    Once I had gotten all of my shelves to a manageable level (my fiance helped as well) and cleared space for about fifteen books I took those three boxes of extras to my local Bookmans and sold them.

    This way the books continue to bring pleasure to others, I was able to buy fifteen books (with credit) and a bunch of DVDs and CDs. Now I just need to do this to my DVDs and CDs. ^_^

    I then have a sort of revolving door policy regarding books. Every couple of months I go sell some of the books I don’t want to keep anymore and buy some more. I also have started going to the library more to read books I’ve heard about that aren’t nec. brand new. This saves permanent shelf space (and I can always buy the book if it is that good), and lets me keep up my voracious reading pace. =P

  • I declared an immigration policy on incoming books last year. I have two very large bookshelves, three small ones, and one medium low/long one. (Ntm the nightstand bookends of six books)

    They were all full and the big ones were halfway doubled up. So I went through every book and if I hadn’t read it in five years, didn’t think I was going to read it again, and didn’t get at least a four or five (out of five) on my personal book scoring system (basically how much I liked it/got out of it/appreciated it/respected it) then it went into a box.

    Once I had gotten all of my shelves to a manageable level (my fiance helped as well) and cleared space for about fifteen books I took those three boxes of extras to my local Bookmans and sold them.

    This way the books continue to bring pleasure to others, I was able to buy fifteen books (with credit) and a bunch of DVDs and CDs. Now I just need to do this to my DVDs and CDs. ^_^

    I then have a sort of revolving door policy regarding books. Every couple of months I go sell some of the books I don’t want to keep anymore and buy some more. I also have started going to the library more to read books I’ve heard about that aren’t nec. brand new. This saves permanent shelf space (and I can always buy the book if it is that good), and lets me keep up my voracious reading pace. =P

  • I declared an immigration policy on incoming books last year. I have two very large bookshelves, three small ones, and one medium low/long one. (Ntm the nightstand bookends of six books)

    They were all full and the big ones were halfway doubled up. So I went through every book and if I hadn’t read it in five years, didn’t think I was going to read it again, and didn’t get at least a four or five (out of five) on my personal book scoring system (basically how much I liked it/got out of it/appreciated it/respected it) then it went into a box.

    Once I had gotten all of my shelves to a manageable level (my fiance helped as well) and cleared space for about fifteen books I took those three boxes of extras to my local Bookmans and sold them.

    This way the books continue to bring pleasure to others, I was able to buy fifteen books (with credit) and a bunch of DVDs and CDs. Now I just need to do this to my DVDs and CDs. ^_^

    I then have a sort of revolving door policy regarding books. Every couple of months I go sell some of the books I don’t want to keep anymore and buy some more. I also have started going to the library more to read books I’ve heard about that aren’t nec. brand new. This saves permanent shelf space (and I can always buy the book if it is that good), and lets me keep up my voracious reading pace. =P

  • I declared an immigration policy on incoming books last year. I have two very large bookshelves, three small ones, and one medium low/long one. (Ntm the nightstand bookends of six books)

    They were all full and the big ones were halfway doubled up. So I went through every book and if I hadn’t read it in five years, didn’t think I was going to read it again, and didn’t get at least a four or five (out of five) on my personal book scoring system (basically how much I liked it/got out of it/appreciated it/respected it) then it went into a box.

    Once I had gotten all of my shelves to a manageable level (my fiance helped as well) and cleared space for about fifteen books I took those three boxes of extras to my local Bookmans and sold them.

    This way the books continue to bring pleasure to others, I was able to buy fifteen books (with credit) and a bunch of DVDs and CDs. Now I just need to do this to my DVDs and CDs. ^_^

    I then have a sort of revolving door policy regarding books. Every couple of months I go sell some of the books I don’t want to keep anymore and buy some more. I also have started going to the library more to read books I’ve heard about that aren’t nec. brand new. This saves permanent shelf space (and I can always buy the book if it is that good), and lets me keep up my voracious reading pace. =P

  • It feels so much better to have these few books (hah! 750+ books! that is including gaming books though) than the tons I had before.

    I own my things now, they no longer own me.

  • OMG. That’d take me half of my life.

    Or let’s just average it:

    750 books at 250 pages each = 187,500 at 30 seconds (if I’m going fast and not distracted) each = 5,625,000 seconds which comes out to 1,562.5 hours of work. If I was getting paid to do that it’d take me 39 work weeks (8 hours a day) to finish all of that.

    And I’m guessing iamnikchick has more books than I do.

  • I’m not talking about books per se, even though I am talking about a lot of the game books that they have available as pdf files. I am talking about all of the other detritus of running your own business.

    As for the rest, well, there is no substitute for purging. You start with the point in the house farthest from your workspace and spiral in.