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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Priorities


 
I can't help it but I'm an "everything in its place" kind of guy. My spouse is the "cleanliness is next to godliness" kind of gal. With these two different priorities there is plenty of room for conflict there but I won't get into that.  She is also somewhat of a “pack rat”. I’ll get into that later.

Today I’m sorting and rearranging my two blogs. Why? Put things where they belong and clear out the closet to make room for new posts as it were.

The reshuffling comes about because my first blog (Troutbirder) developed a glitch I couldn't fix. So I started a new one (Troutbirder II) . Then the first one got fixed and I had two blogs. What to do? Troutbirder became the nature blog and Troutbirder II was for book reviews and anything else that wouldn't fit under the nature rubric. For a while though the two overlapped. Now I'm putting a few posts in their proper place. Yes I know this is silly make-work but as I said I CAN'T HELP IT!

With no room to put anything else the pack rat issue is now being resolved.  She thinks a garage sale is in order.  “Fine”, I said.  But I decided to try Craigs list to get rid of my unused junk.  So far so good as the following examples demonstrate.  A wall safe, an electric trolling motor, a chain saw,   a kerosene lamp, a giant Christmas cactus, an old Zeiss camera, etc.  Amazing what people will buy….

15 comments:

amanda | wildly simple said...

I am a little obsessive compulsive when it comes to everything in it's place. This conflicts with my own love for old stuff .. there is a pack rat that lives somewhere deep within me. I try to find constant balance!!
We happen to have selling all kinds of stuff on Craigslist over the past couple of weeks! Stuff we don't use seems to really be accumulating over recent years, and it's time we play catch up. As you said - we've been amazed at how fast we've gotten rid of stuff that's been sitting around for much too long! Sunday morning someone picked up our old kitchen stove. Last week we said goodbye to a truck tool box, a no-longer used generator, a wooden cabinet we haven't used in about 14 years, and a gas grill! It's a great feeling, lightness on the shoulders - to see these things go to someone who'll use them.
I love the space they leave behind.

Should Fish More said...

You're getting rid of the chainsaw?? Is that wise, TB? One never knows when you'll need it.

Zeiss, there's a name you don't see much anymore, is it 35mm? I sold a Leica M3 decades ago, and regretted it since.

I tried the yard sale thing once, but it turned into a scene from 'High Fidelity'....somebody would want to buy something and I change my mind about selling it.

Jo's World said...

When my mother passed in 1991, she left me with a whole houseful (albeit small) of things she had saved over the years. I moved back, as did my son, each of us bringing multitudes to the collection. We have had three yard sales, and now all that is left is my mother's treasures. Why do I have such a hard time getting rid of this stuff? Things in the garage, the basement and upstairs. All hers but now mine. Maybe I will just keep it all and let my Kid deal with it!

Jo

Montanagirl said...

I like everything in its place too! Wish I could get husband to get rid of some of his "stuff". That won't happen.

David Oliver said...

I've decided I can't part with this and I can't part with that (oh my God, it is the box THIS came in), so I've come to the conclusion that as long as the Hoarders TV people don't want to do a show about my house, it is okay.

I'm not sure how long I'm going to buy this argument though. Maybe until my next lady friend mentions coming and I panic and start frantically throwing things out.

Sarah Laurence said...

I wondered about what prompted 2 blogs but the division makes sense. I have similar problems with 4 email accounts: personal, writing/blogging, art and online shopping. Good luck with the spring cleaning garage sale! I have similar tasks on my list both on and offline. Yes, it is good to be back.

Linda said...

I love things neat and organized and I enjoy life with little, so I fully understand what you are doing!

Our Neck of the Woods said...

I definitely inherited the pack rat gene from my grandma, and my husband is a minimalist, so it is hard to compromise sometimes! I am getting better, but it is hard for me to get rid of things. Good luck with getting rid of some of your unused things!

Willow said...

I get your drift. I like to seperate things , put like with like. ~ problem being is that I like a lot of different things.

CailinMarie said...

I've never tried Craigs List but I know many who think it is a fabulous place to find a new home for things. I am a pack rat, and unfortunately not an everything in it's place kind of person. My husband is a meticulous engineer type - you can image the issues that has created over the years. But when I do go on a purging spree watch out and hold onto your hat, it might end up at Goodwill.

EcoRover said...

Good on you for parting out the stuff a bit. Wish Mrs Rover and I could get around to it--not much room in the basement (and luckily we don't have a garage). My daughter's experience with Craig's List in Portland OR and Boston has been great. Doesn't seem to work so well here in Montana--maybe the lack of population or high proportion of folks who don't do much with the internet.

Retired English Teacher said...

I like everything in its place also. I live with a stacker. Ok, I'm a stacker also, but my stacks have order and logic. ;) Sharing space can be difficult at best.

I could never have two blogs. I've thought of writing two, but I would never be able to sort out the topics and etc. I would drive myself crazy. I make one blog suffice. That is all I can handle.

FOLKWAYS NOTEBOOK said...

Like your idea of Craig's list. I might attempt to sell some "stuff" this way. Thanks for reminding me about Craig's list -- wasn't up to having a yard sale. -- barbara

CailinMarie said...

so how did it go?

Linda said...

Good for you! I sold a lot of stuff on Craigslist in the past but I haven't done it lately.