Tuesday, May 15, 2007

One Woman's Junk = One Thrift Store's Treasure

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A week or so ago, I was sitting at the computer tweaking my never finished website when the office closet started rumbling. Thinking we were about to have an earthquake, I was mentally debating my options when I realized just the closet, not the rest of the world, was moving. A shelf collapsed and spilled its contents halfway across the room. Not wanting to deal with it, I have just hopped over everything since the disaster.

That is, until my insomnia hit at 3 this morning, after a whopping 2 hours of sleep. Insomnia runs in my father's family. Both he and his older brother functioned many, many years on end with around 3 hours of sleep a night. My aunt never slept more than 4 hours. Luckily, it only tends to hit me every couple of months and lasts about two weeks - - Something good I got from my mother's side... the need for sleep! But during this time, I can get tremendous amounts of things done. I remember as a child, I would awake in the middle of night to go to the bathroom and find my father wide awake and doing his bookkeeping for his business on the dining room table. Then, I thought he was crazy. Now, I get it.

So my task this morning is the closet. The last time I really went through anything other than the clothes I keep in there (nicer short sleeve shirts and dressy dresses rarely worn), I haven't really dug around in there since moving in - October 2000.

Things I found:

- My old power book (long ago sold on ebay) power adapter.

- An original Sony Walkman in working condition.

- My 1999 LA 411 Production Guide (A 5+ pound book that is a bible for film production. I always kept an old one around for my assistants who couldn't afford one to use on a shoot. My newer one is on a bookshelf and still utilized.)

- Resume paper in honey brown and rose quartz. (I can't remember the last time I printed a "nice" resume... I email them on the rare occasion a client needs one.)

- An HP Deskjet 340 b/w portable printer and cables (for above mentioned laptop), purchased on the fly when I was traveling cross country constantly working on "Forrest Gump."

- Numerous black "carry-all" bags from my production days.

- My tackle box full of office supplies. (You would be amazed at how many big Hollywood Production companies don't stock basic supplies! When you need to hit the ground running with a big, frantic job, you don't want the first thing you have do to be shopping for office supplies.

Most of the above is in boxes now, headed to my local charity thrift store.

Every time I get on a cleaning binge like this, I am amazed at the amount of stuff I allow to clutter my home, life and mind. Not to mention the money spent on things now deemed worthless...not even worth the time it would take to list them on ebay.

And while I vow to change my ways, that closet is still stuffed to the gills...

8 comments:

Ordinary Janet said...

I think it's fun to root through a bunch of stuff you've forgotten existed. I hesitate to throw away or get rid of my stuff, it all looks like it could be useful someday-but I do cull it out once in a blue moon. I set aside stuff I want to look at later, and then forget about them!

Della said...

Hey best friend!! I was thinking you could fly here to Mississippi when your next bout hits and do some cleaning here at my house...I need to get rid of some junk... well it was worth a try....

Della said...

I try again.... hey best friend... next time you find yourself not able to sleep just jump on the next flight to Mississippi. My house could use a good cleaning and throwing out.... ha ha ha

CreekHiker said...

Janet, I do the same. I also place things right in front of the back door that I want to take with me and step right over them on the way out!

Dellaphone!!!!! Nice to see you here. I approve the posts, otherwise spammers hit me with pages and pages of crap.

Maybe I'll just pretend I'm your sister and bring you everything I don't want!!! LOL!!!

Annie said...

Do you feel just a little lighter now? I always feel like I've finished a diet when I clear out my closets or drawers. It just feels fine.

CreekHiker said...

Annie, On a little lighter... that closet and all the rest still have too much stuff in them.

Velvet Sacks said...

Sure wish I was there to root around in your trashpile.

CreekHiker said...

Oh heck Velvet, I'd let you in to go through the closets!