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John "lakewood" Fegyveresi

Sunday, January 7, 2007

Mentality of a Pack-Rat

I have recently found myself going through all of my closets and cleaning up. A sort of mother-of-all spring cleanings. Throughout the process something became very clear to me. Let me explain...

I remember right after I graduated from college I lived in my own apartment for 1 year. When I moved, it took my 2 evenings to box stuff up, and a single day to load one UHaul truck. I moved my entire "life" in one truck load. It was simple....I lived simple. I had what I needed an no extraneous stuff. I liked it that way.

Over the course of the past 8 years I have been acquiring....and acquiring....and acquiring. With the extra room in the house, I would simply store something away in the attic if I didn't need it for a while. Well...if you don't use something for 3 years, you probably don't need it.

There are boxes and boxes of stuff in my attic. things I bought that I thought I needed, and things that I've acquired through various birthdays, christmases, and other occasions. Why do I have all of this crap? I don't need any of it.

Why don't we ever throw stuff away? Its just material stuff anyway. Most of it, we don't need. It's amazing how much our houses just "fill up".

Well, I'm done with it. I'm going on a Goodwill, Salvation Army, Purple Heart...rampage. Everything I don't need is getting donated, thrown out, or garage saled.

I made a 2007 resolution to start fresh and new....and I am. Sure there'll be some things I keep, but not many.

I am going to be very busy the next few nights. But it will all be over soon.


-john

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