What happens to all those miscellaneous drawers after a move? Do you dump them into boxes and procrastinate on addressing them until you need something? As I sorted through one such box of office supplies, I wondered: Are rubber bands trash or donatable? My mind flashed to the donation handlers at some thrift store somewhere, as I emptied their trash bins for probably the twentieth time on my shift, bagging up almost anything to sell.
“We plan on keeping on going.” Positive affirmations like this can go a long way. There are times when life is hard and you might be ready to give up. Using your time and energy to give back to people and communities can bring you more than it seems. Shedding the parts of ourselves that we might feel insecure about and focusing on the positives of others or ourselves can make any obstacle worth overcoming.
I once collected clocks. None of them worked, but it was sort of an aesthetic thing, where I enjoyed the idea that all these clocks would be stopped at various times throughout the day, so each would have their time to shine. I’ve now donated almost most of them. After I donate this box containing a wooden clock, I will have closed off yet another superfluous collection, enabling space, focus, and dare I say… time?
This box stored some of my smaller objects when I was young. I’m not sure where I got it or what exactly I stored in these boxes. I think it’s supposed to hold jewelry? It’s a large object that I don’t quite value anymore, and yet, I remember it just enough to where I might feel bad putting it in the donation box unceremoniously. Objects like this prevent us from making faster decisions in life.
Yesterday, I dropped off one large box of miscellaneous stuff. Today, I closed the books on another large box. Over the years, I accumulated a collection of over 400 music cassette tapes. Now, I’m going through each tape to catalog whether I’m keeping it or donating it. Even after reaching the apex of my collecting habits and the nadir of my long-term goals, I’d like to send them all off the same way they came in.
“Likely anything that is quiet and not going to have a lot of downward vibration should be fine.” It’s been 52 days since I last rowed. My rower is a great piece of machinery, it’s just too loud. My community gym is a good option, it’s just in a location that’s not convenient for going there then going somewhere else. An ideal option would be somewhere I can row at 4AM and 8PM without vibrating concerns.
The more stuff you have strewn about, the fewer options you have for moving about. A laptop bag filled with peripherals and more is fine, if it’s all self-contained, because a bulky yet secured item can still be portable. If everything is unpacked, then you’re anchored down. This may seem obvious and even good, but for a writer, I want the flexibility to access bigger stories to cover than clutter. I’m just working toward it.