This past week, I’ve effectively made no progress toward downsizing my way into cheaper housing. I bought groceries and brought a bag of donations to my trunk, but that’s it. Buying those groceries set my spine health back almost more than it was worth, since it hurt my spine for a few days after that. My neighbors have been louder over the past few months than ever, but, I still have so much to downsize.
If there’s anything I’ve learned over the course of my continued spine health, it’s how “work” can be done from more than one perspective. For my plans to move out of the apartment-mansion, not all of the work needs to be done from purely a physical perspective. This past week, and today especially, I have not felt well enough to do any movement. No trips to get groceries with a handful of donations today, anyways.
I donated some old clothes today in a long-overdue errand. Each time I went to the chiropractor, I brought some bagged clothes, but toward the end of my visits, I wouldn’t be able to get groceries before going home, drop off anything, or even get my mail. I was so tired after my last appointment it took nearly a week to drive anywhere, but I was able to clear out my trunk for more donations.
I didn’t have enough spoons to go out today, or this week, to donate the items I had wanted to donate. I don’t have excuses. That would be if I, say, forgot the items I casually brought to my car’s trunk or passed by a thrift store and didn’t stop by. This was more like I didn’t have the energy to go out and give away those donations or bag other things to go donate.
My moving-out pace, to attain freedom from high rent is slow, but, I’ve kept some things in mind to keep the pace going. Whenever possible, I’m trying to fill recyclable bags with recycling [topped with a garbage bag] the night before going anywhere, so I can trash the trash and recycle my recycling – and the bag if it gets thrashed. Another is frequently bringing down bags to donate. With few exceptions, then, I don’t deadhead.
Before meeting the donation handler, a maskless gymrat wearing a N.W.A. hoodie, at a donation trailer before going to my next errand, I thought maybe I’ll donate a few things, before deciding I’ll donate the whole box that’s been sitting in my trunk waiting for “the right home.” Some books and some DVDs. These objects shouldn’t rot waiting to be meandered through. If we don’t plan on using them, give them to others to reuse.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve been trying to figure out a good system for processing things to donate, and I’ve collected enough thoughts to write about that. Basically, I have a table near the door where I keep all of my trash, recycling, and now donations. Just as I might bring down my trash/recycling before doing an errand out-and-about, so, too, will I bring bags or boxes of donations to downsize the unyieldly apartment-mansion.
As this camera roll shows, reverse-chronologically, I took my first Methylprednisolone dose, and then found I had the energy to work on three separate projects. As I was going, I was finding myself going back to my old, learned, hoarding behaviors where I was coming up with new spots for things instead of working with or reusing existing spots. As I wrote for a note to remember: “Don’t build new pathways when existing ones work.”
Now that I’m livestreaming occasionally, I’ve found myself with an interesting conundrum: I own many videogames that I could livestream, but I would need to buy special hardware to make this happen, or, I could livestream those same videogames with emulation. For a vast majority of the videogames I own, with Silent Hill 2 being an example, I don’t care about whether I own the videogame or not. I’m not a “retro variety streamer.” But still…
Last week or so, I moved some DVDs and other milk cartons to a spot that was previously occupied by a 4-tier shelf that I’ll be giving to a friend soon. When I looked over at those DVDs the other day, I saw Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within and Apollo 13, and wondered aloud: When will I watch these movies again? Where will I watch either of these DVDs again? Without good answers, why keep them?