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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Decluttering: Good Tip from a Good Book

Decluttering continues apace. After a bit of decluttering that brings a bit of cash in, we continue with plain vanilla decluttering: stuff out.

Some of the recipients of my weekend decluttering were closed for Memorial Day. The library will be receiving about 150 books, which they will sell for a paltry amount, making them a teeny bit of money and some readers happy. For the FREE BOX, Miss Em will be providing around 50 style magazines. That will make some people very happy also.

We will get the WHOOSH that comes from emptying out the clogged arteries of your space.

Because I am naturally a messy accumulator, I read decluttering books for motivation and the occasional tip. NORMAL people do these things naturally. For me, a heretofore unthought-of tip is as momentous as the discovery of the Pacific Ocean by Cortez (really Balboa) in the sonnet by John Keats.

OK. Here's the tip. When you are decluttering use WHITE garbage bags for donations and BLACK garbage bags for garbage. That way, you never need to look inside the bag! Here's the brilliant tome where I discovered that tip by Susan Pinsky.

And for the work of another genius, check out this sonnet by John Keats.

On first looking into Chapman's Homer

MUCH have I travell'd in the realms of gold,
And many goodly states and kingdoms seen;
Round many western islands have I been
Which bards in fealty to Apollo hold.
Oft of one wide expanse had I been told 5
That deep-brow'd Homer ruled as his demesne:
Yet did I never breathe its pure serene
Till I heard Chapman speak out loud and bold:
Then felt I like some watcher of the skies
When a new planet swims into his ken; 10
Or like stout Cortez, when with eagle eyes
He stared at the Pacific—and all his men
Look'd at each other with a wild surmise—
Silent, upon a peak in Darien.


Duchesse said...

Good idea! Or just mark one with a piece of painter's tape.

Thought frugality means not buying stuff you don't need? Maybe you are not buying, but taking stuff offered for free? Decluttering is fantastic. New promise to self is one thing in requires one thing out.

Frugal Scholar said...

@Duchesse--That's the ideal, but I still buy too many books. This will be a lifelong process for me.