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The Dilemma of “Stuff”


Today’s Stream of Consciousness prompt was, “stuff.”

First I thought of the George Carlin comedy monologue on “stuff.” Let’s see if I can find it.

I wonder if it has any swear words. Guess I better watch it.

Crap! He’s cussing all over the place. Worst off all, is the GD cussing. Now, what? I’m not supposed to edit.

Oh, there’s a censored version. Maybe that will work.

Well, I just watched the censored version, and decided I don’t like it either. It’s not as funny as I remembered. Is that because I’m older and not quite as liberal? I don’t know. If you want to watch it, here it is:

So, I do have too much stuff. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not a hoarder. I’ve read the diagnostic criteria, and I don’t qualify.

But what I feel good about is that I don’t throw away as much stuff as most people. I recycle and compost as much as a I can. That’s why I hate styrofoam. And I don’t hate many things. Styrofoam is on my naughty list, because it’s not fit for normal recycling. I try to get recyclable plastic cups or paper that biodegrades easily. I pouted a little at the store when my husband almost bought styrofoam for an event because it was so much cheaper. I don’t pout over just anything. I rarely pout at all, really. But my aversion for styrofoam is that big a deal. I’ve thought about making something out of it, which I’m sure is possible….maybe some day I’ll make some angel wings from styrofoam feathers.

One of the reasons I have too much stuff is that I buy a lot from thrift stores, to recycle and to be thrifty. The other reason, is that I learned from my mother not to throw things away if I might need them, because she grew up in the depression and you just don’t waste anything. Stuff. I’m getting better at donating things I don’t use. And at resisting the urge to buy things at the mission bargain center thrift store just because it’s a good deal. I mean, they have most of their clothes priced at $1. But there is no more room in my closet. My closet runneth over. But I have bought some paintings to paint over and other items to use as canvas for paintings to sell. And we just bought a futon, which the dogs love, from the thrift store. We might as well buy used furniture since the dogs don’t care. I bought one of those doggie covers for it, and it looks better than the old This End Up sofa that I had for about 20 years. My husband took it apart, which was not easy, and I’m going to figure out how to paint on it. Or maybe he can make a table out of it. Either way, it’s not going to the land fill!

Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle your stuff!

Oh, and just to be clear, I loved my This End Up sofa. The wood part was very durable, but after two sets of cushions, it was time for something else.

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Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

15 thoughts on “The Dilemma of “Stuff”

  1. Pingback: The Dilemma of “Stuff” | oshriradhekrishnabole

  2. I think recycling is important and someone’s junk is always someone else treasure.

  3. My house, too, suffers from the illness of too much stuff. I don’t think we’d qualify as hoarders either, but it darn sure feels like it sometimes.

    And man, I love that George Carlin routine. Think I’m gonna have to go re-watch it now.

    • I’m glad you like the Carlin routine, Pav. As far as the clutter goes, I do feel better after I de-clutter a space, so I try to keep the living room clutter down to a corner bookcase. Of course that’s where the Christmas tree will go….so that will motivate me to be creative with where to put things. Thank you for the prompt!

  4. I have a bit of an issue with used things, but I also think a thrift store is a beautiful thing, so many objects belonging to people, and I go in there and wonder where the objects came from and the lives of those who owned them once.

    • Yes, so much history, character in that donated stuff. I think I’m aware of that on a subconscious level. The mission program my husband works for has a thrift store that supports the homeless/recovery shelter, so I feel thankful for the abundance of donations that come in.

  5. Closets filled with stuff can be an entire book. The clothes and stuff become the characters in the story, etc. I love that you recycle as much as possible. I donate clothes whenever I am in the mood. Sometimes acquisitions and donations become a vicious cycle. I have to temper my impulses to buy as well.

    • Clothes as characters. Hmmm. I never thought of that. I think I have a couple of garments anxious about their zippers holding up. Once I made a deal with myself that I couldn’t buy a new piece clothing unless I donated something of comparable size. It worked for a while. Thanks for reading and affirming, Maryann.

  6. Our county was on the cutting edge of recycling efforts and we finally are able to recycle Styrofoam here. I do try to avoid it, but at least have an out if I do wind up with some.

  7. I believe in recycling and giving away things you don’t use. I used to play a transition game with my clothes. I’d put them in a large lawn bag in the back of my closet and if I didn’t go into the bag within 3 months, I donated it without even looking in again. It worked. 🙂

    • Great idea! I would get rid of a lot of clothes that way. I’ll probably use the one year rule. If I haven’t worn it in one year, it goes. Time to purge! Thanks, Susan. 🙂

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