A friend called me up this afternoon to tell me about one of those "lightning deals" on Amazon today- a light lamp- you know, one of those S.A.D. lamps for the winter- was marked way down. Well, I said thanks, but no thanks for two reasons. For one, I've now switched to frugal, money-saving mode. No more unneccessary spending! Also, I have decided not to accumulate any more stuff between now and the move. If I get to Alaska, and I find I need a light lamp, I'll get one then.
It's scary to think of getting rid of stuff that's been with me for years and years. I'm not a huge packrat, but I have held onto many knick knacks from different times of my life. I have old report cards from elementary school, lots of Burning Man swag (stickers, pendants, etc), old t-shirts, and all sorts of other items that have no value other than sentimental value. I'm going to have to say goodbye to most of it! Someone once told me about a technique to keep your clutter under control. If you haven't used, looked at or worn something in more than two years, take a picture of it and throw it away or sell it. My plan is to slowly go through my nostalgia items, photograph and discard them. Then, I can always have the memories without the burden of transporting and storing them. I'm sure there are some extra special items that I won't throw away, but I know there's lots that just has to go. It's going to be quite an exercize- scrutinizing everything that I possess and determining whether or not it will come with me.
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