goodbye, leg of sponge bob

Linette’s making me get rid of lots of my stuff… I have a problem with hoarding. I know that about myself. And, it’s good that Linette is pushing me now, after having lived with me for over 13 years. She’s always been nudging me along, but now she’s actually shoving — hard. I’m rebelling, getting pissed-off and muttering under my breath, but I know, deep down inside, that it’s a good thing.

There’s quite a bit of change taking place right now. Getting rid of a lot of my stuff is only part of the picture. Linette’s also got a plan to shift everything around on the first floor of our house. The biggest change is that I’ll no longer have an office. Actually, I never really had an office. What I had was a room where I stacked junk… I can’t even remember the last time I actually did work in there… So, Linette’s moving her office into my junk room, and all of my stuff that can’t be sold, recycled or given away is going into storage… Over the last few weeks, Linette’s been dragging my stuff out, box by box. Sometimes I help her. And, sometimes I just sit here at the computer, like a ghost, watching her pack my stuff up as though I’d been dead for years.

So, now almost all of my stuff is in a holding area toward the back of the house, and I’ve apparently got a few weeks to deal with it before it’s all either burned or thrown down the basement stairs. I know it’s a good thing. I know cutting the clutter will simplify our lives, and I suspect that it will have a positive impact on my depression, but knowing that doesn’t make it any easier.

So, even though it makes me incredibly anxious, I’ve decide to let a few things go every couple of days. Today, it’s the leg from the Sponge Bob pi

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5 Comments

  1. kez
    Posted June 11, 2006 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

    you should put these relics on ebay…

    what if someday you need this back, at least you’ll know where it went.

    hoarding isn’t a disease, it’s a complex system of saving our past… i keep telling myself that.

  2. ChelseaL
    Posted June 11, 2006 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

    It’s funny: I sort of have a similar feeling. Like maybe this stuff can be given away, instead of just tossed. Win-win: you, Linette and Clementine get to live in a less-cluttered space, but your stuff isn’t destroyed. It’s just out of your way. Huh? (Just don’t give any of it to me, please. I have the same problem. ;-P) Or you can use it to make some kind of gigantic art project to donate to a public space.

  3. mark
    Posted June 11, 2006 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

    Most of it won’t just go into the trash. Some will be set on fire. Some will be thrown through people’s windshield. Some will be autographed and sold at auction. The remainder will be split between Chelsea and Kez. (Sorry, Chelsea, but it already been decided.)

  4. kez
    Posted June 12, 2006 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

    please post the ebay auction links to any paper products…

  5. mark
    Posted June 12, 2006 at 10:07 pm | Permalink

    Yes, Kez, I promise that you’ll have a chance to bid.

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