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Donderjaeger in Prince George is doing 43 things including…

Stop holding on to the things that clutter my home and my life

5 cheers


Donderjaeger has written 6 entries about this goal

Paper, paper everywhere!!!

I had a short pile of boxes with tax-related paperwork in the middle of my bedroom (my main living space) for a couple/three months. Although small, they were quite in the way. Well, I completed my taxes recently, and two of them got moved back against the wall. (On top of a box of books! LOL) Two other ones are what I call “current paperwork” and will be consolidated into one over the next while. (Two weeks to two months…or years!!! ROFL)

As I go through things, though, some paper always comes up that can be filed, recycled, or shredded. Doing these things with said paper eats up a LOT of time, but once it’s done, it’s done.

Sooner or later, some of that will disappear, too, since I only have to keep seven years’ worth of tax records. (Actually, only about three.) But I can worry about that once the tote I keep them in gets full. Same thing for my FOUR-DRAWER filing cabinet. But neither the tote nor the cabinet would get any smaller if it were half empty.

Still, it’s a victory for me. (Not to mention getting my taxes done!!!) :c)

Old entry

This is an old entry from a similar goal that I’ve consolidated in to this goal:

Every time a wife kicks me out…no, I mean every time I move! LOL I get rid of some stuff. I have to go make a trip to pick up the stuff in my storage unit ASAP, but…

Most of what I still own is tools and other resources. Toss in electronics, books, music, and clothes, and that’s the bulk of the rest.

I recently thought I should get rid of everything I don’t need in order to serve God. That would probably get rid of a good chunk of my technology books.

I’m looking at selling off a chunk of the LP portion of my music collection, though I don’t think I could get half of their value at the small local music store that sells vinyl. I also have some comics that I will try to trade for back issues of the two titles I still like to read, all these years later. I have years to catch up on! LOL Guess what they are?

Incidentally, I can store almost everything I own in a 5×10 storage unit. So I’m not doing bad for a recovered packrat! LOL If I stopped working with my hands and sold all my tools, I would be down to half of my stuff. If I gave up on ever working in technology again, I could probably get rid of another 10%.

The question is, does God have a use for my knowledge or my hands, or does He want me to work with people?


I recycled some cardboard boxes after putting a bunch of stuff into plastic totes recently. That’s only an improvement if the totes are making my stuff more compact, I guess. Well, at least things are more organized.

Maybe someday I’ll just take the stuff to a bridge and chuck it in the river!! Then I’ll have a bunch of empty plastic totes, and will need to find a packrat to give them to. ‘c)

Last pile

I had to make a road trip to go pick up my remaining things from the 2EW’s place last week. I didn’t think I had so much left!! So I had to leave some stuff behind, but nothing I can’t do without. I have till May to pick those things up, but if I don’t…big deal.

A few things got wet on the way back, so I’ll probably be getting rid of them. Already got rid of four or five audio cassette boxes, and consolidated them into a plastic tote.

I’ve bought at least eight totes recently, which at least allows me to store my old stuff better.


I guess my future second ex-wife should go on the garbage heap, too!! ROFL Heave-ho!!! :c)

Lots done!

I’ve actually gotten rid of a lot of stuff over the years. I’ve recently been able to see myself getting rid of anything that does not serve my #1 goal, to be a better man and man of God. Yes, I might need a lot of my technical books if I ever got back into technology. But I’ve been out of technology for years, and I’m not likely to use computers to serve God!

Anything to do with music (I’m in music ministry) should stay, but there are probably some things that could go.

Donderjaeger has gotten 5 cheers on this goal.


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