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Three Years Already?

Has it really been three years since I installed the bamboo ceiling in The Room of Doom? The date on this Flickr photo suggests that this is, indeed, the case.

Tiki Room of Doom


I shall have the house to myself for a little over a week beginning tomorrow evening. To illustrate just how horribly "uncool" I am, what pastime immediately comes to mind for this opportunity? Working on The Room of Doom!

Shouldn't I be looking for... other diversions?

Okay, here's the plan, let's see if I remain sufficiently motivated by this coming Friday (today is only Tuesday, after all) to follow through:

  1. Stock up on beer.

  2. Pull everything out of The Room of Doom.

  3. Cull mercilessly.
    • Things to discard (rubbish)
    • Items to donate
    • Things to sell (eBay)
    • Things to organize & keep

  4. Finish painting and covering trim areas.

  5. Have it all done and put away by early Sunday evening
  6. .


Overly ambitious, probably. Obviously I wouldn't have all the "to sell" stuff sold; the idea would be to have it organized so it's all together and easy to access and list for sale.

I can't believe it's been three years since I started my "serious effort" to clean out The Room of Doom.




Actually, I see, in looking through Flickr and 43Things, that it has been FIVE YEARS since I initially planned to convert The Room of Doom into an Enchanted Tiki Room.

Sometimes I wonder if I define my life through this Room of Doom? As I've looked through Flickr.com photos tonight of this project from the past four, nearly five, years, I see that despite occasional small signs of progress, the clutter always creeps (and sometimes surges) back. Today the room is as full as ever of stuff. Indeed, there is more stuff in there now than at many times over the past five years.

Shouldn't five years be long enough to clean out a room?

Not only do I have a hard time letting go of individual items, I seem to have a difficult time letting go of The Mess itself. As soon as I make progress - give something away, sell something, toss something out - I slide back, accumulating more than i discard.

Why do I keep buying things, usually on a whim? What EMPTINESS do I have inside me that compels me to fill up the space around me with things; in many cases, things I do not truly want or need?

Sometimes I buy things - Amazon, eBay, whatever - and when the box arrives a week or two later, I'm no longer interested. Sometimes boxes containing things I "desperately wanted" remain unopened for weeks, months, or occasionally, years.

I accumulate "things," and I accumulate debt buying things. It's a kind of self-destructive behavior.

I wish I had the confidence or know-how to engage in more entertaining forms of self-destructive behavior.

Comments

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dblume
Sep. 15th, 2010 04:50 pm (UTC)
Regarding your weekend attack on the ROD: Stay motivated! Make your best, genuine effort to get as much done as you can, and report your success afterwards. I'll be rooting for you.
davidd
Sep. 16th, 2010 04:29 am (UTC)
Step one completed: stocked up on beer on the way home from work.

I know that for many people "stocking up on beer" for the weekend would entail more than a 12-pack, but I'm a lightweight.

Good price on Samuel Adams Octoberfest seasonal; it should be good.

Thanks for the encouragement.
sjonsvenson
Sep. 15th, 2010 09:40 pm (UTC)
We used to be so buy-oriented with books here.
Now we heve a rule, only buy new when there is free space to put it ...
davidd
Sep. 16th, 2010 04:32 am (UTC)
It's been a while since I purchased any books... until this week. Two days ago I ordered three books which I've been trying to read for some time now. I borrow the books from the library, but never seem to get around to reading them or finishing them. My thinking is that if I own the book (in paperback) I might be more likely to carry it with me without having to worry about damaging or losing it.

I managed to part with quite a number of books the last time I embarked on a major cleaning spree. I was recently looking through one of the remaining boxes of books and wondering why I kept some of them, so I foresee another book purge coming up soon.

I agree with the "only buy new if there is free space to put it." I need to begin applying that principal to everything I buy.
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