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Practicing Discardia


Even though we’re taking a break from major home projects, I find that I can’t stop myself from doing something, anything, to make the house a happier place to live. We toyed around with drywall here and there, but I spent most of the weekend practicing the greatest holiday ever invented: DISCARDIA.

In the creator’s words,

“Discardia is celebrated by getting rid of stuff and ideas you no longer need. It’s about letting go, abdicating from obligation and guilt, being true to the self you are now. Discardia is the time to get rid of things that no longer add value to your life, shed bad habits, let go of emotional baggage and generally lighten your load.”

I think we could also use a little less stuff, couldn’t we?

Despite having little time or money to shop, we somehow manage to accumulate crap at an alarming pace. Primarily, I blame thrift stores for having such cheap and irresistible junk that I feel I must bring home. But I love getting rid of stuff almost as much as I love finding it in the first place; when something no longer serves it’s purpose (and I did not spend a lot of hard-earned money on it) I happily toss or donate it. I used to be a packrat, but 9 moves in 8 years has helped to keep that particular compulsion in check.

So now that spring has finally kind of sprung here in Central New York (they’re teasing us with promises of 40-degree temps today!) the sunshine and somewhat bearable temperatures sent me into a cleaning/organizing frenzy. This organizing bug came on very suddenly. I returned from a trip to the grocery store early Saturday morning and somehow ended up on the floor in our office with 3 years worth of scrapbooking supplies spread out in front of me. I didn’t even stop to take off my coat! From there, it spread to every room of the house.

Comments, Thoughts, and Feedback

Patricia W. had this to say on 03.12.07:

I call this the “spring effect”. And you’re right, there is nothing better than ridding your living space of a bunch of unwanted clutter. I started about a week ago but soon it will be full-blown.

Our work has slowed down to nothing but I have managed to squirrel away enough money to rent a very large construction dumpster in about two weeks. I have a list a mile long of everything I’m going to purge this house of. I can hardly wait.

Kristin had this to say on 03.19.07:

I’m addicted to purging also. I did a little of that with my clothes when I brought out the spring stuff. I figured now was the perfect time to get rid of winter stuff since it’s fresh in my mind which stuff I wore and which I didn’t. But I’ll have to hang onto it until next year if I want to sell it on eBay.

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