Date: 10 October 2013. Pull the Plug.
In the continuing series offering guidance on Becoming Clutter-Free
last week we tackled
Glasses and I
know that was a tough one. Frankly, the glasses week was one of the
hardest you'll experience in that so few people show any restraint when it
comes to collecting cups, mugs, glasses, and such. You are not alone as I
probably had just as many at one time. Now however I have a boat with only a few and my
happiness overflows with the lack of Stuff. Goodness knows if I can do it,
you can too. In any event, this week is going to be less work and
hopefully just as satisfying as far as results.
You will recall Mr. Anonymous from last week? Well, take a
look at success:
And this is only half the collection -- the rest
included more coffee mugs than many local diners have available for
Look right at success →
After sorting the keepers from the "what was I thinking"
group my friend placed the excess on a table in his back yard. Three
workers that day came by and all were offered for free anything or
everything they wanted from the table. Nothing was taken. According to my
faithful test subject it was a bit more than disheartening to realize that the junk in
his cabinets was not wanted by anyone -- including himself.
As you can see from the picture above, more space has been
created in his shore-side kitchen cabinets and now when the time comes to
move aboard his boat this is one less problem to tackle. Plus it looks
Of course you'll want your boat to be tidy when visitors
Oh, a wondrous bird is the pelican! His bill holds
more than his belican.
He can take in his beak enough food for a week. But I'm darned if I know
how the helican.
(Poem by Dixon Lanier Merritt, 1879-1972.)
task focuses on your electrical appliances. Almost everyone I know ashore
has a collection of good intentions, wedding gifts gone awry,
house-warming gifts from Hades and such -- and the junk, er, valuable
plugged items are taking up space in your home.
Now is the time to examine each item with an eye to whether
you even like 'em, much less want to keep them. And please know this: for
every unused bread maker, electric wok, crock pot, dehydrator, etc. in
your home there are at least two or three at the local thrift stores. Even
if you "make a mistake" and find you might actually want to burn cheese in
a mini-cooker, you can buy another one -- usually for less than $10.
And yes, I deliberately mentioned the dehydrator. If you're
not using it now why would you think you'll ever use it? Now I understand
you're planning on boating and having dehydrated things sounds lovely so
if you genuinely this week will start to use it, then yes: keep the
dehydrator. Still you might remember that if you turn your electric oven
on 250 degrees it will accomplish the same thing albeit a bit slower. And
the oven is already in your home.
I would suggest you attempt to dehydrate a few things and
see if you even like them. Dehydrated apples, tomatoes, onions, making
jerky and such are all great ideas but please remember this:
To become a boater you need to do more than
Talk is cheap. Do things that will make your cruising life possible.
One easy way to determine keeper status from chaos is to
examine the items. Anything with dust or grime needs to go as obviously
you've not used it recently and can pass it along to some other sap who
thinks a gigantic electric skillet is a good thing to have. Or the double
crock pot that no one short of a circus strong man can lift when filled...
well, I'm going to make a wild assumption and figure that you probably do
not need it and guaranteed (unless you've got the funds for the Queen
Mary) it won't fit aboard your new boat.
So, as you purge your lockers of
the clutter remember that you're getting that much closer to being
able to step aboard a boat and make her your own. Less is more!
The ideal boat sleeps
two, feeds four and entertains six.
It does not contain every
electrical appliance known to man, nor should it. Out here, with
power being at a premium most of those items you're removing this
week won't be used anyway. Kicking back and relaxing with our feet
up, perhaps a fishing pole in hand but definitely a beverage in the
other? Well, that's what boaters do. We do not collect nor keep
things that clutter our lives or cause chaos.
Your job this week is to Pull the
Plug so to speak. Also please send photos of the collection you're
donating to the less informed or those poor folks who are still in
the hunter-gatherer stage of life. We're free!
As you sort thru your collection try to remember how much
pleasure you will be giving others by passing along your excess. Pity the
poor folks in the acquisition stage of life and embrace the cruising
Less is more -- and out here it is far more
satisfying than you can imagine.
How long have you sheltered your oldest appliance?
Are there any you're passing along now that were never used?
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