Friday, August 20, 2010

Friday Five--Decluttering

From Jan at RevGalBlogPals

Since posting about decluttering, I am still muttering about the need for it in my house. How about you?

I'm retiring and so I'm packing up books from my study. UGH. I'm trying to catalog them by ISBN number so I can sell some of them on line. (Anyone interested in the Anchor Bible Dictionary in perfect condition?)

1. What things do you like to hang on to?
Not sure "like" is the right word. More like what do I hang on to? Clothes I can't wear anymore. I keep hoping I'll lose those 20 pounds I really need to. Right now, I'm on the road to losing about 10 pounds this year. Maybe when I retire..
Books. Except I do sell them at Half Price Books which we don't have in Memphis. My problem is that I buy books I don't read. I'm trying to use the library more to cut down on the clutter of books. I'm also putting my house on the market so lots of stuff is going to go.

2. What is hard to let go of?
Not quite sure how this is different from 1. But, now that I think about it, bad habits: eating sweets and the internet.

3. What is easy to give away?
I cleaned out my closet (not that one could tell) and gave my clothes to a homeless place where women can come once a week, shower and pick up clean clothes. Actually this was not easy. I love to give away books. I have got to stop buying them
4. Is there any kind of stumbling block connected with cleaning out?
I am lazy. I'd much rather be surfing the net than working.
5. What do you like to collect, hoard, or admire?
Books. T shirts. I have more than 100 T shirts (at least that was about 10 years ago when a friend was complaining about the number of T shirts her daughter had. I decided I'd count mine. UGH)
I also collect countries. I'm up to 73. Four more this year, I think.
Bonus: Tell us about recycling or whatever you can think of that goes along with this muttering about cluttering.
Well, I am trying to recycle my books (any takers for the Anchor Bible Dictionary--I promise a good price). I recycle all that plastic that comes into my house. I keep forgetting my cloth grocery bags and so my collection of those awful plastic bags is growing.


Muthah+ said...

I don't understand how you collect countries???? Do you have your own United Nations or something?

Faith Hope & Cherrytea said...

i'm with muthah+ on that! how DO you collect countries - even 73 to be exact !?
and all the best on the book blockage! :)

Joan Calvin said...

Well, actually, I count countries--the ones I have been to.