the garbage man brings motivation

thursday evening is garbage day around my house.  knowing that the trash collector and the recycling truck would take away anything i put out on the curb tomorrow, i got to minimalizing as soon as the kids were put to bed.

first, i spent some time in the fridge – i’ve posted about my condiment failure previously (and apparently raised quite a stir with the “condiment table” that i posted just for fun).  i got the condiments a bit more under control now. 

after the fridge, i went to the basement and continued going through old boxes of memories picking up where i left off.  the old boxes of memories always slow me down – as well they should.  they are filled with people, events, and places that bring back many memories to relive.  and secondly, deciding what to do with the stuff can be very difficult depending on my mood.  tonight, i kept more than i should have…

all in all, i ended with 2 large bags of garbage, 2 full containers of recycling, and one small pile of ebay items.  magically, when i wake up in the morning, the garbage/recycling will have disappeared forever.  the garbage man does bring a certain sense of motivation, doesn’t he?

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Comments

  1. Christy says

    I can relate.

    Thursday is our trash day too, and I have gotten to the point that I like to watch the sanitation dude empty our bin…makes me feel freer. Like I’m one bin less cluttered than I was last week.

    Even baby steps can get you a long way.

  2. di says

    You speak a lot about throwing out trash. Do you really live with that much trash? Or is it just stuff you don’t care to recycle?

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