Basement Clean Outs Lead to Treasures

in Frugality, Green, Home Repair

So we have spent the long weekend moving, and adding furniture to our basement but are also attempting to clean out some of the clutter that has accumulated over the past 10 years.

A few things that I have learned:

  • If you find a box that has not been opened ( you can tell because it has the packing tape from your move on the top ), do NOT open it if you are attempting to de-clutter. As soon as you open a box it will cause you to rationalize why you kept it and it simply will create more clutter (at a 6:1 ratio (i.e. 6 new boxes will be created from this one box)). You can peek inside to make sure it isn’t a box of gold, but if you look closely you are finished!
  • There are treasures in your basement, for charitable organizations:
    • I found 3 old sets of glasses, that I will take to my church (they recycle them and someone else will get glasses cheaper or free).
    • My old TV (20 years old and allegedly didn’t get channels 2-13 any more) will go to the Salvation Army and not to the landfill site. This is supposed to be free, I will report on whether that happens.
    • A great deal of arts and crafts supplies that will go to the Salvation Army as well, hopefully they can make some money on that.
    • A large amount of baby clothing and paraphernalia that is being donated to the next generation in my wife’s family.
  • Shelves can be useful for storage, as long as it is for storage and not clutter, we shall see what comes of these shelves, but they need to be attached to the wall (given my son will most likely climb them some time very soon).

The spiders that lived in my basement are very upset (they now live in the garage thanks to a vacuum blitz as well), but in the name of de-cluttering some insects must be moved.

I spoke with another person who de-cluttered, but they did so after their basement flooded, and they had to throw out a great deal of treasures because they were ruined. My advice would be to de-clutter now, and don’t let mother nature or the forces of nature force you to do it.

During Hard Times Beer Sells

That seems to be the message, given that Molson Coors profits doubled in the second quarter of ’09. During hard times more folks tend to buy their liquor and drink it at home, this seems to prove this Financial Lemma.  Of course even cheaper folks like me search for the cheapest beer (or even better drink their friends beer).

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