Winter Simplifying

Photo by visualpanic

I don’t know what it is about midwinter that inspires me to clean stuff out of my house. But it seems the urge descends on me every single year.

This year I am helped along by the fact that we are replacing flooring in a room, closet and bathroom. Everything has had to come out, be looked at, and before it goes back into its space, evaluated.

I want to get rid of as much stuff as possible. There is a lot of junk around here that is unnecessary – duplicates that aren’t used, things saved for the future, or stuff that just doesn’t fit who we are.

Getting rid of stuff means that I use and appreciate what I have. It also means more free time because I don’t have to spend time caring for things I don’t use.


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Quote: Letting Go Of Stuff

Anything you cannot relinquish when it has outlived its usefulness possesses you, and in this materialistic age a great many of us are possessed by our possessions.

Peace Pilgrim

Loser Tags

Photo by TMAB2003

My husband loses his keys and phone regularly. They’re always within the house, but he misplaces them and then disrupts everyone as he looks for them.

A few years ago for the holidays I got him finder tags. These things go on objects and then you can use a phone or computer to help you find them.

So what did he do? He promptly lost them. Of course.

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My new headphones came with one of these devices built in. And after playing with it, I decided that we could all benefit from having these tags on our keyrings. Because if you hook your phone up to the tag, even if you don’t have your phone, you can push the button on the key ring and having it find the phone.

Seems like a win, and frankly, if I put it on his keyring and set up the phone, he won’t have anything to avoid doing.

And maybe, just maybe, we’ll spend a lot less time looking for his lost stuff in the house.


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Books: Electronic vs Real

Photo by jamjar

I read. A lot. And I have gotten to the point where almost everything I read is electronic.

This has some advantages: it’s more portable, I can change the font size to be whatever my eyes need at the moment, I can access millions of books at the touch of a button.

Yet with paper there is the tactile experience, the delay between readings that make me think and savor the book, and the assurance that the book I am reading has been through a proper editing process.

Electronic carries the day, most of the time. Yet I enjoy the time I spend with paper, so I don’t see it going away any time soon.


Photo by jamjar