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Entries Tagged as 'Decluttering'

We’re all eating Styrofoam

June 6th, 2013 · No Comments · Consumer Issues, Decluttering, Disposability, Packaging, Polystyrene

See the big blocks of Styrofoam cluttering up your garage or basement. Does the thought of taking a big bite out of one of them repulse you? Surprise! — we’re already essentially doing that. Styrofoam, a brand name for polystyrene, takes 500 years to decompose. When we throw it away, it doesn’t break down in […]

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Spontaneous Post-Carnage Shrines: Dead flowers and wet teddy bears

May 2nd, 2013 · No Comments · Decluttering, Disposability

I’ve become so obsessed with the waste stream that even in the midst of tragedies, my mind goes to to the garbage issues. By now the explosion debris at the Boston Marathon has been cleaned up, but I always wonder: what about these mountainous offerings of flowers and stuffed animals that accumulate in the outpouring […]

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Aftermath of Tragedy: explosions, shootings, storms, & floods

April 24th, 2013 · No Comments · Decluttering, Philosophy

It seemed inappropriate to write about clutter with that whole bombing thing going on in Boston. I was watching and re-watching the videos just like everyone else. Maybe not just like everyone else — I’m not sure. After a point, I made myself stop. I think for a while we do it because we just […]

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Sentenced to sort

February 9th, 2013 · 1 Comment · Decluttering, Passing it on, Recycling, Trash Disposal

A few days ago I took out all the pens I could find around the house and put them on the dining room table so I could sort them: “Pens to keep” and “Pens to get rid of.” But each of those categories has several subcategories, like Pens I love but need ink refills; Pens […]

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Wishing you a Simpler New Year!

January 1st, 2013 · No Comments · Decluttering, Excess of Possessions

New Year’s resolutions!? To that I say “Pah!” Everything is a work in progress. Why load up one poor day with so much weight! Alright, I admit it. I do it too. Make vows of one sort or another. But at least I don’t beat myself with them! That’s not what they’re for. If I […]

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Inching up to the new year

December 28th, 2012 · No Comments · Decluttering, Excess of Possessions, Trash Disposal

……and we all know that means: Time for “Throw out the old year, make way for the new!” In the 70s, in Naples, Italy — a city of three to four storey apartment buildings built up around the ancient villas and castles — throwing out the old year was taken as seriously as throwing  that […]

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The junkless Christmas tree

December 25th, 2012 · No Comments · Decluttering, Excess of Possessions, Minimalism

Merry Christmas everyone! Here’s our minimalist earth-friendly tree, in the living room where we hauled it in for its third Christmas with us. Purchased as an infant in 2009 at Portland Nursery, it is now 23 inches tall. We picked a slow-grower on purpose so we’d be able use it for as long as possible. […]

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Silverfish: enemy of the packrat

December 20th, 2012 · No Comments · Decluttering

As promised, and as pictured here, the mother of all motivators: silver fish. Paper? They love it. And if you have it around, you’ll start having them around. Not so much with nice, new-ish books upright on the shelf. My theory is that they like lying-down paper the best. Except for musty and moldy paperbacks […]

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Paper: the worst thing to collect

December 19th, 2012 · No Comments · Decluttering

The most depressing of all the junk a packrat can pack is: paper. And all things made of it. If you want a recipe for squalor, save stacks of newspaper and have a lot of cardboard boxes and brown paper bags around. Paper decomposes faster than any other material — and did you know that’s […]

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Just Say NO to STUFF

December 10th, 2012 · No Comments · Consumer Issues, Decluttering, Trash Disposal

I used to blame myself for being a packrat, but I’ve noticed that every living person I know has this same clutter problem. A lot of dead people I’ve known have this problem too, and the living people around them aren’t at all happy about it. Wait. Maybe I shouldn’t blame myself. At least not […]

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