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Brian has kindly informed me that this weekend he is holding another yard sale. For him, a yard sale consists of hauling everything for which he can see no need out to the sidewalk in front of the house. Pricing items is a tedious exercise, so he just gives the stuff away. I appreciate the advance notice because it gives me a chance to hide the things I wish to keep. Last year I lost a hefty stack of computer pieces due to careless storage, not to mention the leather jacket and my favorite piano bench. To be honest, it was my only piano bench. But the loss stung for a day or two.

Brian likes to think of himself as a minimalist. I am more of a packrat. I try not to let his extremism fuel mine, but it is quite an effort. About five years ago he was gripped with a strange fury to eliminate unnecessary items of clothing from the house. He went through all the closets and drawers and laundry baskets. Everyone came home from work or school that day to find his or her remaining two pairs of shorts, two pairs of pants, and five shirts. Underwear was safe, and so were skirts and dresses. Jennifer, who was at the prime age for righteous indignation anyway, went completely ape. It was scary. And loud.


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Jul. 1st, 2004 02:01 pm (UTC)
I think every family has to deal with the "what to keep and what to throw away" issue. Have you ever watched that show on cable TV, where a consultant helps a family clean their house? Inevitably, there are a few things things that one person *really* wants to throw away (or try to sell) and the other person want to keep the stuff.
Jul. 2nd, 2004 07:08 am (UTC)
A show devoted to decluttering houses? For the most part, I stay away from the horror genre.
Jul. 1st, 2004 03:25 pm (UTC)
Yeah, we face the same problem...
...BUT THE FOZZIES ARE SACRED!!!!! All 300+ of them!!!!
Jul. 2nd, 2004 07:17 am (UTC)
Re: Yeah, we face the same problem...
I was reading an article a few months ago about the difference between hoarding behavior (I have been accused of exhibiting this) and obsessive-compulsive behavior. The two differences I recall most vividly are that 1) people with OCBD tend to recognize that there is something abnormal about their behavior while hoarders do not--insidious!--and, 2) hoarders are noticeably wordier than normal people. I'll have to find the article again, it was interesting.
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