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wbmsic in Montreal is doing 11 things including…

get rid of unnecessary possessions

11 cheers


wbmsic has written 23 entries about this goal


So I bribed myself with Turtles chocolate that if I could get rid of the pile of stuff that had been accumulating in my hallway that I could eat it. And it worked. I’ve been going through the “spring cleaning bug” and it’s SO nice to have the hallway guilt free.

I threw it into my building’s laundry room, where everyone leaves fun picking. To make doubly sure that it goes away, I also posted it on Freecycle. I didn’t want to wait for someone to get their act together to pick it up and chance them not showing up, so I figured that this was a quick and easy way to get it out of my hair.

No pictures this time.


Been going on a purge of my old physical files over the past few days. At lot of “why did I keep this stuff?” and some nice discoveries. It made sense to finally get my new bookshelf, as an organizer up. Just because I have a big desk, doesn’t mean that I have to clutter it up.

So here are some pictures of my progress.

(I know that this falls more under uncluttering, but I think it’s a similar enough vein.)

Counterculture and uncluttering

Saw this interesting tidbit on a thread on Unclutterer and I thought it was a little bit applicable to the way that I don’t have a TV.

“I come from a background of counterculture and punk rock, and I notice that a lot of us, as we get older, are choosing to live simple, uncluttered lives. It is a different form of rebellion, the rebellion against consumerism and the self-defeating mess that we may have lived in before.

I get the gears from some of my friends for caring about my home, but I don’t see anything wrong with keeping my things nice (so I don’t have to spend more on new things!) and keeping things neat so I can actually find my keys and get out of the house to do more important things! But I think they feel that I am somehow becoming uptight and boring because I’ve abandoned my mess.


“I find Jo’s comment very interesting. I too come from a counterculture (for lack of a better word) background, and I too have continued to simplify and unclutter my life as a way of not participating in the dominant (consumer) culture. Hmm. I wonder if this can be extrapolated to others? Very interesting subject for discussion.


Interesting food for thought…

Freecycling the clutter

I responded to someone who was looking for a charger for a cell phone that I have. I was kinda surprised that I could help, but I did get a car charger with the cell phone that my aunts sent me for “Xmas” which I will never use.

I went hunting through my email because I thought that she lived in NDG and found out that she was also interested in a pile of “junk” that I had posted but never followed through on.

Side note: Freecycle sometimes frustrates me because of the way people are rude, some people expect you to bend over backwards for you. I was once offering a really great deal for most of the line of Tea Tree stuff and one woman offered to take it “if it was new.” Uhh no, it’s Freecycle, not your local mall. On the other hand there are a LOT of great people who put a lot of effort into their offers and are in general AWE-SOME.

So now I’m getting rid of a bunch of stuff. I’ll take a picture for posterity when I get home.

And the after

A more streamlined result.

Need to go to IKEA to pick up some more organizing boxes so that the stuff has a better (read: more hidden) home than the baskets.

Almost forgot about this goal...

So this isn’t so much purging, but more organizing.

The original picture isn’t great because I wasn’t focusing on the bookshelf, but you’ll notice the clutter generally.


Found this article that I have to reread when I’m not exhausted for more motivation and good questions to ask myself as I purge.

Cheer the source, not me :)

Out it goes

I had a box of school binders that I was just going to throw in the shed and be done with. But I took the time to sort the purses out of it and put those away just in a cardboard box for now. Then I went through the rest of the school stuff, picked out classes I might actually reread the notes of later on, classes I enjoyed, writing I was proud of and put that on my bookshelf. The binders got posted on Freecycle, along with an old edition of a bunch of D&D books that were gifted to me.

Let’s see what else we can sort, purge, organize and decorate today.

Keeping track

I did give away some stuff that I didn’t take pictures of that I got from my foster mother. I’d like to be keeping better track of that, so here’s the latest round of stuff I’m giving away.

I have to explain about the Beatles pic. It’s not that I’m not a fan anymore, it’s just that I’ve had this pic since I was a kid and when I was growing up I stared at it for so long that now I find that the picture is ordinary and boring.

Slowly but surely

Seems that I’ve put this goal on hold for a bit, only for Freecycling to come back with a venegence this week.

I’ve recently acquired more stuff that was my foster mother’s (who passed away in January of this year) and it’s become a question of being able to pass along what I don’t need. It’s quite hard actually, because I did get a lot of trinkets and knickknack type things that I wouldn’t buy for myself. But they were hers and I want to hang on to everything I get, but I’m slowly realizing that honoring her memory is only hanging on to what I love and can use.

wbmsic has gotten 11 cheers on this goal.


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