Exploring what life could be like if we weren’t buried in clutter, burdened with too many possessions, and surrounded by chaos.

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Entries from March 18th, 2013

Collectivitis combined with the ecological mindset

March 18th, 2013 · 1 Comment · Collecting, Consumer Issues, Disposability, Philosophy, The Packrat Mind, Trash Disposal

You might think it’s dumb that I write about things like pen caps and sock hangers — but that would mean you were missing my larger purpose. My assignment (call it a compulsion if you must) is to scrutinize each and every little item and ask the big questions — go all the way back […]

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From whence the drive to collect?

March 14th, 2013 · No Comments · Collecting, Excess of Possessions, Hoarding, Packratting, Philosophy, The Packrat Mind

I admit i have a bit of a “thing” about collecting. There’s a-whole-nother category that lies somewhere between packratness and hoarderliness, and I’m in it.  The people in this category are called “collectors” instead of packrats or hoarders because they collect things in a systematic, purposeful and orderly way, display their collections in a proud […]

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The Pulitzer Prize for packaging goes to…..

March 9th, 2013 · No Comments · Uncategorized

… the person who invented sock hangers. The way that socks are packaged and displayed should be held up as a model to the manufacturing industries of the world. A simple extruded bead of plastic in combination with a paper, adhesive-backed label does the job. And if you think they all look alike, your observation […]

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Just how sick am I, exactly?

March 7th, 2013 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

This is my pen cap collection. It lives in a can labeled “pen cap orphanage.” One (1) can. Just one. One can, but many pen caps. At least I don’t have packing crates filled with them — yet. And I’m not going to let that happen, either. But first: I know you’re wondering about the […]

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