I’ve amassed a small collection of prescription pill bottles over the past few months. It’d be wasteful to recycle them if they still have use. Years back, I put together some rowing machine tools and used some pill bottles for toothpicks and q-tips. Now, I’ve found another use for them: assorted flossing and toothpick holders. I can start using them once I’ve cleaned out the bottle of any medicine residue. How about for sticky labels?
Despite all the months and thousands of words I’ve written about decluttering, and sobriety, those sensations will probably never fully go away. I fantasize about going to some cool bookstore and buying a stack of books to enjoy just as I fantasize about, well, you know. I take a route of complete abstinence for my sobrieties, knowing that any drop of similar tasting liquid in the wrong mindset could tip me over. How about books?
Along with How To Win Friends and Influence People, The Elements of Style might be one of the ten best books ever written for one simple reason: Succinctly summarizing concepts can educate everyone. You don’t need to be crazy enough to write hundreds of words daily to benefit from reading The Elements of Style. The material is dense. It’s not leisurely reading. Yet the concepts it unfurls can benefit communicators of any wayward style.
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Staying in hotel rooms might help reduce hoarding tendencies. On a recent flight, I brought a nearly-full suitcase and the intention of only getting meaningful souvenirs. I had myriad materialistic moments between visiting: two music stores, one thrift store, one videogame store, one museum gift store, and five airport souvenir stores. I barely succeeded in not buying anything meaningless. My collecting intentions were focused around two questions. Second: “Do you have any rare Nirvana stuff?”
The statement ‘keep what you love, sell or donate the rest’ would be easy, were it not for this overwhelming sense of attachment we have toward unnecessary things in life. We cherish bad memories arguably more than our good memories. When it comes to videogames, the natural inclination is to keep everything. How often do we hold onto mediocre videogames, bad memories, and other things out of convenience versus actually wanting them to occasionally enjoy?
Free stuff is usually favorable. This free bin, for example, helped kick a brainstorm off for “The Story” character Trishna. The problem is excessive hoarding. Through this process of moving for the first time in years, I’ve been coming to terms with my hoarding tendencies. I’ve started with destroying that which cannot be resold at thrift stores and reducing my curiosity of diving in free bins or thrifting. I’ve made significant progress toward psychological de-hoarding.