Posts Tagged ‘stuff’

Lesson From A Broken Fan

June 24, 2010

When we brought the fans out of storage this past spring one of the upright fans had become broken.  It had probably been knocked over at some point and the joint where the motor attached to the post was broken.  We made an attempt at a repair and it worked…sort of.

I purchased some new fans.  It looks like it is going to be a long summer, and we try to use the air conditioning as little as possible because we prefer fresh air.  When I replaced the broken one in the kitchen, I started to bring the broken fan to the basement.  Gloria stopped me and asked me what I was doing.  I replied that I was going to keep the fan for replacement parts.  The motor and switch were still good and one of our other fans might go out.  She informed me that I was not going to keep that broken fan around, waiting for a chance to use it.  We have enough clutter as it is.  She was right.  I threw it away…with a twinge of regret over the waste.

I think that sometimes our lives are over filled with things that might be useful, but are really only adding to the clutter and the mess.  I suspect that less clutter, less stuff, less activities, might just possibly mean more.

Conflicted Pack Rat

December 16, 2009

I am conflicted.

I am a pack rat by nature, or perhaps by training, or maybe a little of both.  My father kept all kinds of supplies in his garage and whenever he was working on a project he could go to an area, rifle around a little bit, and come up with whatever it was that was needed, or something that would work as well.  I was impressed by his creativity and ingenuity.  His garage was filled with all kinds of stuff and I spent many hours working with him on various tasks. 

I also think of myself as frugal.  I do not like to get rid of things that may still be useful.  I tend to hold onto things that I think may come in handy someday.  After all, I wouldn’t want to have to buy something today, that I just threw out last week.

I also like simplicity and order.   I like it when everything has a place, and everything is in its place.   Less can be more.  I sometimes think that I should greatly reduce the things that I have,  so that my life would be less incumbered by possessions.  How much stuff do I really need?  

I am conflicted.

The battle continues…but I think the pack rat is winning… at least in the garage and basement.

Christmas Explosion

November 30, 2009

We are in a time of transition at my house.  It is that time of year when the fall decorations are taken down and the Christmas decorations go up.  This is a wonderful thing because I enjoy the Christmas season and Gloria does a fantastic  job of decorating the house. 

My primary contribution to this process is to bring the boxes up from the basement, filled with Christmas stuff, and then to return them to the basement, filled with the things that have been taken down, to make room for the Christmas decorations.  My other contributions are to put up the lights in the front porch,  put up the nativity scene outside, and help decorate the tree.

The problem is that this process takes a while, a few days, to a week, or more.  There are a lot of boxes and we are both busy people.  After the boxes are brought up, and until the process is complete. it looks like there has been a Christmas explosion at our house.  (I prefer this expression to the one Gloria sometimes uses, when she is not- so- happy with the process;  that Christmas threw up in our home… that just sounds nasty.)

Every year we talk about reducing the amount of stuff we put up.

Every year we add more.

I am hopeful that we will be able to send some things with our boys, who each now have their own places.  In fact, we delivered a small (very small) amount to them over the Thanksgiving weekend. 

The dust is starting to settle, the bulk of the boxes have been returned to the basement.  Thanksgiving is done, let the Christmas season begin!!