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Items 501-600

Items 501-600

Items 501-600, or our geological legacy. A death of a thousand cuts, or 500 million plastic straws. A day. In the USA. Searching for intelligent life, they’ll find a strange stratum: architects of our own extinction, no meteor in sight. It really pains me to declutter...
Decluttering Question 2

Decluttering Question 2

hair ties, they multiply so many, so varied, so fun! except, of course, by the end of her braid I find, suddenly, I have none. If you’ve ever been responsible for styling a squirming four year old’s hair you will understand the precarious position of...
Items 401-500

Items 401-500

Items 401-500, or gratitude for Allister, a good and faithful dog. Marie Kondo would say thank you to the hangers for holding the clothes faithfully, and then let them go. My mother’s dog had a passion for hangers. Chewed bits followed him everywhere, a trail of...
Items 301-400

Items 301-400

Items 301-400 or who needs a commemorative plate for a baby? …but seriously, who needs a commemorative plate for a baby? those memories lock muscle deep, torn sinew deep, in the tear ducts and the milk ducts When was she born? at the strike of bone deep...
Why I decluttered…My Car!

Why I decluttered…My Car!

45 minutes a day each way to trade my minutes and hours for pay dollars to send money to spend and live the American way My husband and I used to drive 45 minutes each way to work every day. He’s an engineer and a whiz with spreadsheets. We sat down one day and...
Decluttering Question 1

Decluttering Question 1

yogurt cups broken belts and ceiling fans jars with nice lids and flower pots stacked higher than a man old tires, extra insulation a marble slab and splintered chairs dusty, dirty, beyond repair everywhere Is this easily replaced if I need it later?  Growing up, we...
Items 201-300

Items 201-300

Items 201-300 or art for joy’s sake Scraps of paper litter the streambed of her childhood, each a pebble dropped. An instant ripples ) ) and then she’s rushing on, hair a frothy tangle, wide-grinned and joy bubbling I find it really hard to get rid of Miss...
Items 101-200

Items 101-200

Items 101-200, or auditory luxury 100 years later I really like old things. Pung Chow faded and worn little arts and 100 years to hold. I got two copies of the Adele CD one year for Christmas. I encountered one of them, unopened and way past returning, during this...
Items 1-100

Items 1-100

Items 1-100, or the tenacity of the many tentacled things Isn’t it curious how things can sink themselves in so deep that we can no longer see them for what they are? They stake a claim on the territory they occupy and then they hunker down, confident in their ability...