what i have been reading lately:
- Saving Stuff: How to Care for and Preserve Your Collectibles, Heirlooms, and Other Prized Possessions by Don Williams (senior conservator of the Smithsonian Institution) and Louise Jaggar.
- It’s All Too Much: An Easy Plan for Living a Richer Life with Less Stuff by Peter Walsh
- The Boomer Burden: Dealing with Your Parents’ Lifetime Accumulation of Stuff by Julie Hall
Thanks to my low level obsessive compulsion I don’t do anything without finding a book on the subject first. I have actually read through a few others, but these are the ones I found the most useful. Surprisingly, there are actually quite a few books out there on downsizing for seniors and family members, but my family was never one for saving memento mori, just general packratyness.
I even came across this one:
Buried in Treasures: Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving, and Hoarding by David F. Tolin , Randy O. Frost, Gail Steketee. Compulsive hoarding is NOT something i have ever suffered from, not anyone in my family. But I have had a friend or two with the illness, and even met several booksellers; ‘bookselling’ makes a terrific disguise for the disorder. It takes a great level of creativity to constantly rationalize acquisition of useless stuff, but its lots easier to rationalize saving books that may potentially have a buyer one day. If you have a 4 story barn to save stuff in you won’t get many dirty looks, but if you have an open shop it’s harder to hide your lack of a shit detector. There is a delicate balance between a shop that’s nicely full of browsable merchandise and one that’s filled with detritus that is noticably rotting away. Itry to use the square foot rule, if the item isn’t worth the value of the space it occupies then make someone else pay house it. Sell, donate and toss kiddies.
blog of note • I have met a few people following ‘A Guy Named Dave’s blog and his 100 Things Challenge. I think the concept is sound once you start accounting for things, you really need to justify giving them houseroom. However I think I will have too many things with natural immunity – books and stuff that is for sale, books and stuff that could be for sale, stuff that i need in order to facilitate that, etc.. i will have to start tagging things as personal and not so personal.
How come your stuff is stuff and other people’s stuff is shit? – George Carlin.