Crucial Minutia
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Jennifer Gandin Le
Advanced Spring Cleaning
3 Comments | posted April 09th, 2007 at 03:16 pm by Jennifer Gandin Le

I know I’m not the only one who’s been enjoying a rush of spring cleaning lately. In the last two weeks, I’ve reduced seven boxes of old papers to two boxes, and I’ve just cleared three bags of clothing from my closet. There’s nothing like that rush of adrenaline after ridding yourself of old stuff you don’t need.

So I know that you’ll also appreciate this story of a 45-year-old Minnesota woman who’s selling most of her belongings in one massive auction on eBay.

“I’ve been schlepping this stuff across the country for more than 20 years,” she said. “I’m tired of thinking: ‘Oh my God, what if it breaks in the next move?’ Who cares?”

There’s something genius about this move: shedding the detritus of your life and setting out with only your memories (and your dog, cat, and photo albums). Of course, her sudden clearing-out could also be a warning sign of depression or suicide. It’s hard to tell, having only read the news story. We live in a complex world.

What about you? Have you ever considered shedding your possessions like this?

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  1. nahoko

    it’s crazy that we live in a world of so much excess that we actually feel good when we get rid of stuff. when we evacuated from katrina and i didn’t know if the flood waters had reached the inside of my house, there was a moment when i thought i had lost everything and there was this adrenaline rush, thinking that i had lost all my material belongings. i felt light and free, especially because i knew that the things that were fundamental in rebuilding my life- my family, my health and my education- were the only things i had with me after fleeing katrina.

    it’s nice to have stuff, but we certainly have a lot of crap!

    April 9th, 2007 | 9:55 pm
  2. an amazing fight club quote:

    “It’s only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything”.

    April 10th, 2007 | 12:57 pm
  3. Hi Nahoko! Thanks for sharing that profound moment with us. You’re right — the tools of our lives are what truly matter. The rest is just icing on the cake.

    And hello Cesar! I’d forgotten that quote from “Fight Club”, but now that you mentiion it, I remember the scene in the movie where he blows up his apartment. I remember thinking that was awfully extreme, but kind of satisfying.

    April 11th, 2007 | 10:19 am

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