The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #165433   Message #4056439
Posted By: Charmion
01-Jun-20 - 08:26 AM
Thread Name: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
That’s an interesting essay, Stilly, and more or less summarizes my far less organized thinking on the subject.

I never wore make-up (hate the constant twiddling, and the sticky sensation on my face) and the only thing I ever do with my hair (beyond brushing it ) is a haircut ever six weeks or so. I stopped needing “professional” clothes in 2013, when I quit my last job. But the urge to blow money on personal things somehow never goes away.

Moving house is a great excuse to throw discretion to the winds, and it’s very difficult to draw the line and say, Enough. There always seems to be a project that requires substantial purchases of stuff — we spent $600 on rain barrels, hose and hose-management equipment in May — and when a project is finished the urge to acquire does not subside, but must be suppressed.

The big difference wrought by the virus is that I’m not pushing a huge cart casually through Canadian Tire or Sobey’s on any given day, and I don’t stroll down the main drag gazing into artfully arranged shop windows, so the lust for novelty does not get much spark. I don’t watch commercial television, either, and I am training myself to scroll briskly past the algorithm-cued advertising on the Internet.

But we still have a credit-card bill fit to choke a Clydesdale every month.