Saturday, November 8, 2014

30 Minutes for 30 Days, Day 8: Imbesi Was Right

Welcome to Day 3 of my 30 Minutes for 30 Days series!  If you are just joining me, you can find out how this all got started HERE.  You can read all the 30 for 30 posts HERE.

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Imbesi's Law of the Conservation of Filth teaches us that in order for something to be decluttered, something else must become cluttered. Thus in the course of decluttering this past week the kitchen table and dining room table have become covered with bins and baskets of things that need to be sorted and either returned to their proper homes or have a proper home designated for them.  I love this kind of job for the same reason I love to fold clothes:  I can take everything to the bed and spread it all out to work while I watch Martha bake or Nancy sew.  So that's what I'll be doing with my 30-for-30 time today.


For The Minimalist Game, I am getting rid of:


  1. More canning jars. 
  2. Three tomato cages.  I haven't used cages in my garden in years, why have I been saving them???
  3. A container full of hotel toiletries.
  4. A broken carpet spot cleaning machine.
  5. A broken full-size carpet shampooer.
  6. Miscellaneous papers sorted and shredded.
  7. Old socks and underwear. #KeepingItReal2014


I couldn't decide which size to get rid of, so I chose some of each.



It's been so long since I've used these that they have become part of the landscape.


I have yet to discern a need for energetic hair.

These are the only two things standing between me and a visit from the Department of Children's Services, and both of them have given up the ghost.  Yeah, I could get them repaired.  No, I'm not going to.


I should have put a cat beside the shredder bin for scale.


This will not be a photo of my discarded socks and underwear.  You're welcome.


EDITED TO ADD RUNNING TOTAL:  36

...of which today there were 43 discrete, individual pieces, plus a bunch of paper.  To date that makes over 200 items decluttered from my home.

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So let's vote:  do I take the broken carpet machines to the recycling center, offer them up on Freecycle, or put them in the trash? I want to do the right thing, but I don't know what that is.

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