Friday, September 21, 2007

Friday Five: Decluttering

This week's theme suggested by Sally.
  1. Are you a hoarder or a minimalist?
    Sadly, I am a hoarder. Padre was an object lesson in the danger of taking this to an extreme - he hoarded egg cartons, saying he might have a use for them. He was quite upset with me when I used one to mix watercolors.
       It would seem I have not learned from this extreme example. The oddest thing I have hoarded are plastic bags; these are not recyclable. There are a couple of agencies I could donate them to, but I haven't taken the action (yet). I also have an impressive collection of old magazines, though I'm working on culling those down.

  2. Name one important object (could be an heirloom) that you will never part with.
    Padre's guitar, which belonged to his father before him.
    Will's Guitar
    It's one of the first electric guitars, made sometime in the late 1930s. It has a nice tone, even unplugged.

  3. What is the oldest item in your closet? Does it still fit???
    To answer the implied question, there are a number of things in my closet which no longer fit. Culling those is also on my to-do list. Probably the oldest is a suit jacket.

  4. Yard sales- love 'em or hate 'em?

    Hate is to strong a word. I don't seek them out. I will go to an occasional estate sale (which has the advantage of being indoors), and go to thrift shops once a month or so.

  5. Name a recycling habit you really want to get into.
    I've been recycling poetry on my MySpace page. Does that count? Relieving myself of the bulk of those plastic bags seems a worthy goal.


Amy Stewart said...

beautiful guitar! What a treasure. We've got a few instruments from previous generations, but nothing quite like that.

Jan said...

Nice picture--it must bring back lovely memories. Plastic bags are interesting, but I'm enthralled thinking of a stockpile of egg cartons. . . .There's a good children's story there!

Linda said...

Interesting about the plastic bags. We are fortunate that our local grocery stores (HEB) collect plastic bags to recycle. We have a large bag of bags which we take to the store every 2-3 months.
The picture is nice and the guitar is beautiful. Has it visited Texas?
I would suggest that you are reusing the poetry as I tend to think that recycle implies destruction and reincarnation in a new form...