Philosophy

We’re all eating Styrofoam

June 6, 2013
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We’re all eating Styrofoam

See the big blocks of Styrofoam cluttering up your garage or basement. Does the thought of taking a big bite out of one of them repulse you? Surprise! — we’re already essentially doing that. Styrofoam, a brand name for polystyrene, takes 500 years to decompose. When we throw it away, it doesn’t break down in…

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Grandma: not so crazy after all

May 29, 2013
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Grandma: not so crazy after all

In the Depression years, our grandparents saw need all around them, and probably found constant satisfaction in having saved just the right thing. In the last few years of my grandmother’s life, we sent for the items she pined for in the storage unit in New Mexico so that she could at last be reunited…

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Great Depression still blamed for Depressing Amounts of Junk

May 23, 2013
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Great Depression still blamed for Depressing Amounts of Junk

Raise your hand if your grandparents’ hoardish habits were excused by the fact that “They grew up during the Depression, honey. They had to save every piece of string and scrap of cloth.” That was the reason given for why Grandma traveled with enough supplies to outfit a refugee camp, why she cleaned the plane…

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Where to take clothes too old and worn to give away

May 16, 2013
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Where to take clothes too old and worn to give away

Yes, of course we give our slightly used clothes to the thrift shops, but MY old clothes have had a very thorough life. I only wear clothes that I love, and after many mendings they are eventually pronounced dead by a certain person who is really tired of looking at them, and mending them. And…

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What about the problem of too many clothes?

May 10, 2013
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What about the problem of too many clothes?

Uh oh. I may have just come up against the limitations of my decluttering blog. I actually don’t have this problem, so I don’t know if I can be of any help in this area. I could tell you that I keep my wardrobe under control by being frugal and organized, and claim to be all zen…

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Spontaneous Post-Carnage Shrines: Dead flowers and wet teddy bears

May 2, 2013
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Spontaneous Post-Carnage Shrines: Dead flowers and wet teddy bears

I’ve become so obsessed with the waste stream that even in the midst of tragedies, my mind goes to to the garbage issues. By now the explosion debris at the Boston Marathon has been cleaned up, but I always wonder: what about these mountainous offerings of flowers and stuffed animals that accumulate in the outpouring…

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Aftermath of Tragedy: explosions, shootings, storms, & floods

April 24, 2013
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How can I write about clutter at a time like this? Well, I haven’t been, you might notice. I’ve been watching and re-watching the videos just like everyone else. Maybe not just like everyone else — I’m not sure. After a point, I made myself stop. I think for a while we do it because…

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Persistent Pen Envy

April 5, 2013
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Persistent Pen Envy

Are you sick of the pen topic? I know I am. I still want them, though. New pens, vintage pens, other people’s pens…… but I’m not giving in these days. I just drool inwardly and keep moving. I’m looking for a good pen therapist. because as I’m getting rid of all these pens — which…

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Collectivitis combined with the ecological mindset

March 18, 2013
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Collectivitis combined with the ecological mindset

You might think it’s dumb that I write about things like pen caps and sock hangers — but that would mean you were missing my larger purpose. My assignment (call it a compulsion if you must) is to scrutinize each and every little item and ask the big questions — go all the way back…

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From whence the drive to collect?

March 14, 2013
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From whence the drive to collect?

I admit i have a bit of a “thing” about collecting. There’s a-whole-nother category that lies somewhere between packratness and hoarderliness, and I’m in it.  The people in this category are called “collectors” instead of packrats or hoarders because they collect things in a systematic, purposeful and orderly way, display their collections in a proud…

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