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purging boxes
Mom was a pack rat. Not to full blown hoarder stage, but definitely a pack rat. So was my grandmother.

I got some of that. I'm not much of a card person, but I keep every card I get. (Well, except the ones from my broker and insurance agent.) I have Christmas ornaments. I have photos. I had old magazines that I thought I would get to one day. Got rid of those last week. Lots of other stuff.

Which brings me to where I'm going. I got rid of the magazines. I'm getting rid of some of the unused computer equipment. I got rid of kitchen stuff. I'm even going to purge some books.

Let me repeat that. I'm going to purge some books.

Of course, that will happen after I go through everything else.

Current target, boxes. I keep the boxes my computers came in, in case I need to move or get them fixed. But in all my moves, I think I might have boxed up the electronics once. And I've lived in the same place (more or less) for almost eight yeas. All the accessories boxes are definitely gone. I might keep the XBox 360 box in case I decide to Craigslist the player (which is a possibility in the purge). I'm trying now to decide whether to break the tower boxes down and keep them, or purge them too.

My conscious is screaming you'll need them! keep them! but the rational part of me is saying seriously phil?
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bork From: bork Date: November 26th, 2008 10:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
I could use some boxes this weekend; I'm moving on Sunday. The hitch is that I have to somehow get them to Everett. If you drive them up, I'll buy you sushi.
gkr From: gkr Date: November 26th, 2008 10:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
I wish you luck on your box quest. (Sorry, don't really want to drive a couple of boxes all the way to Everett.)
domestinatrix From: domestinatrix Date: November 26th, 2008 10:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
I like to think of purging books as a way to give other people the opportunity to enjoy them. Granted, I typically only ever let go of books I never liked all that much anyway, and even still I don't know how many boxes of books I currently have in storage because I couldn't bring myself to give them up when I moved to a smaller home. The books I've given directly to other people who I know for a fact do enjoy them, and who'll let me come visit those books anytime i miss them... those books were easier to purge.
gkr From: gkr Date: November 26th, 2008 11:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Books I didn't like all that much will be on my list to go. I've done that in the past and regretted it because then I couldn't remember which ones I'd read. But now that I have wonderful librarything to catalog them I think I'll have less separation anxiety. I have decided though that for some authors who I generally like, I will keep all their books even if I don't like one or two. But the ones I've picked up here and there and didn't like too much will go.

The really hard part is the unread books. I should really get rid of some of those, cause even at a 100+ books a year clip I have many many years worth of material. But I think this step is too much for me at the moment.
gargoylettelc From: gargoylettelc Date: November 26th, 2008 11:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
If I remember correctly, you were going to give books away to people who donated to your Mother's ALS walk. *sitting, Buddah-like, waiting for a book from Phil*
gkr From: gkr Date: November 26th, 2008 11:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yup. It's on my to-do list. I've been bad and prioritized that pretty low though.
gargoylettelc From: gargoylettelc Date: November 27th, 2008 05:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
I suspected as much, but felt the need to tease you about it, as you were talking of getting rid of books. I'm just curious as to what you would pick out for me.
gkr From: gkr Date: December 1st, 2008 07:15 am (UTC) (Link)
You didn't follow the directions. You never left your address for me to send your book. Best be doing that so I can get it off.
gargoylettelc From: gargoylettelc Date: December 1st, 2008 03:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
9754 2nd Ave NW, 98117 if you are planning to mail it. I just figured you'd bring to to Loser's Lunch to make it easy on yourself. (Granted, we often have other things scheduled during that time, but I'd make sure to be there for a Phil's choice book)
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