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Cleaning my room (De-Pack-Rat-ising)

I have resolved to rid myself of a bunch of junk I do not need and have not used. Now seasonal clothing gets an exception, of course. I managed to throw out a bunch of stuff already, and then I opened a bin full of computer parts: old hard drives, an ethernet card, a 56k modem, cut up IDE cables, a parallel port printer cable, telephone cords, old RAM SIMMS, a ZIP drive (I own no ZIP disks). I put them gently on top of my trash pile and started shaking, got a queasy feeling. I knew I was a pack-rat, but I didn't realise how hard it would be to rid myself of the habit. It's horrible. I need to pitch some of this stuff, but my I-might-need-it-later gene is too strong for casual resolve. :P Grr, I want to get a new computer, but I want the room cleaned first. I bit of a deal-braker with myself if I can't do this... I thought maybe I could put it in a bin and put it into storage, but that just moves my problem to a different location.

So... I've made a Litany Against Pack-Rat-ing:

"I must not Pack-Rat.
Pack-Rat-ing is the space-killer.
Pack-Rat-ing is the little-death that brings total obliteration through accumulation.
I will face my Junk.
I will permit it to pass over me and into the rubbish bin.
And when it has gone, I will turn the my eyes to see the space I've freed.
Where the Junk has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain
In a less cluttered room."



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Jul. 30th, 2006 12:29 am (UTC)
Beautiful litany! :-D I could use that in church service sometime, maybe. :-)
Jul. 30th, 2006 02:10 am (UTC)
Go right ahead. I hope the Sci-Fi Geeks in your congregation get the reference.
Jul. 30th, 2006 04:17 am (UTC)
As a fellow pack-rat trying to fight the habit, I offer my encouragement and my sympathies...

jaka_talbot got me started going over to flylady.net which was good for me in some ways. It's a good encouraging place even if she does talk about God a lot (I ignore that part).

Good luck!! (Someday I'll whittle down my computer-graveyard too. Really!)
Jul. 30th, 2006 04:47 am (UTC)
Thanks for the direction
I have a copy of How Not to Be a Messie: The Ultimate Guide for the Neatness-Challenged by Sandra Felton. I have had it for years, and I recognised a lot of the same philosophy in the FLYlady's pages. I found the book, blew the dust off it and will have to review a bit. I'm not so much interested in keeping a clean house. Y'know how the FLYlady says to start in the worst room in the house? The one you won't let anyone see? Yeah, that's my bedroom. Really need to get some good habits. I'm throwing out all my old magazines, too. It's hard, but it needs to be done.
Jul. 30th, 2006 05:25 am (UTC)

That's awesome. I don't like picturing you as that character, though. :P
Jul. 30th, 2006 05:37 am (UTC)
Paul only used it as he was taught by his Bene Gesserit mother. Anywho... ~_^
Jul. 30th, 2006 06:17 pm (UTC)
LOVE!!! the litany.
Jul. 30th, 2006 07:03 pm (UTC)
Thank yoy. /bow
Aug. 3rd, 2006 12:22 pm (UTC)
I saw that you had posted on the Sluggy Feed today, and I know I've seen your postings some place else (or maybe the same place on a different day) because I recognized your Kiki icon; so today I checked out you journal and all your icons, and this litany had me rolling! Seriously, I am so friending you... (And maybe you'll make me a purple Kiki icon that tells Bunny to stay good...???)
Aug. 3rd, 2006 06:55 pm (UTC)
/smirk Kiki telling a Bunny to be good? ^o^ Sure. Give me a little while. I'm still working on getting a bunch of stuff done. Friend you back! ~_^
Aug. 3rd, 2006 11:29 pm (UTC)
Of course! Take your time! :D
Aug. 5th, 2006 10:41 pm (UTC)
Kiki for bunnykissd← Here's your guardian ferret! Enjoy. ^_^
Aug. 5th, 2006 10:46 pm (UTC)

Aug. 5th, 2006 10:59 pm (UTC)
Don't feed her pixie stix, tho!
Aug. 5th, 2006 11:18 pm (UTC)
Of course not! Those are for me.... :D
Aug. 3rd, 2006 06:57 pm (UTC)
Hehe, also thank you. *-_- I need coffee...
Aug. 3rd, 2006 07:08 pm (UTC)
Hehehe....I was like that earlier...
Aug. 3rd, 2006 09:37 pm (UTC)
Hehe, I realized after I left home that I said I friended you, but didn't actually do it. Done now. o~_^o
Aug. 3rd, 2006 10:41 pm (UTC)
Kewl! :D
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