It’s been a while since I wrote about my decrappification activities. To be honest, I had a bit of a lull in that regard. I suppose it’s like a lot of things in life, in that you can’t be going full steam ahead 100 percent of the time. If you try, inevitably you will get burnt out. That seems to me to be a good way to inadvertently sabotage your efforts. On the other hand, you don’t want a slowdown to lead to stagnation.
This past year I had mixed results. For three things in the plus column, I migrated the majority of my reading to my tablet, using Nook, Kindle, and Acrobat apps. This cuts way down on the number of magazines and books I have to deal with either for storage or recycling. (While I agree that there is a tactile advantage to books, everything has a cost.) Second, I went completely vegan in January of 2017, so my eating got a lot more thoughtful-by necessity as well as purpose-and streamlined. Third, I purged some of my accumulated winter clothing of times which no longer fit well or which I have not worn in the past year. I got rid of the equivalent of two large laundry baskets of good clothes which went to charity.
For three things in the minus column, being honest, I’ve become a bicycle hoarder. That’s not a bad thing per se, but I rebuilt a full suspension mountain bike for winter road use, adding it to my old non-suspension mountain bike and vintage 10 speed road bike-three bikes for one person. (For the record, I’ve been told that the appropriate number of bikes is (N + 1) where N equals the number you have at any time.) Second, I’ve come to realize that I have way too many duplicate tools, especially wrenches and sockets. So, a project in the near term will be to winnow out the duplicates and pass them along. Third, silly as it may sound, I have accumulated an over-abundance of tee shirts and socks, so it’s time to purge. The tee shirts I can pass along or donate, and I’ll figure out a way to repurpose the used socks.
As Henry David Thoreau once wrote, “Our life is frittered away by detail…simplify, simplify.”.