Click for Ann Arbor, Michigan Forecast
Wednesday May 24, 2017
Follow us: facebook twitter RSS feed
Print Comment E-mail

Project Attic



For a couple of years I have been working on what I call "Project Attic." My goal is to get rid of everything that I don't expect to use, or that I don't love for itself. The project is motivated partly by my dislike of clutter and partly by dismay at watching a friend who was gripped by a hoarding compulsion. While I don't subscribe to the practices of feng shui, I have adopted its notion that one's surroundings influence one's mind and spirit.

But just clearing it out isn't enough-I want everything to go to its highest and best use. So I recycle things that can't be reused, like old newspapers and odd bits of scrap metal, while directing everything else to someone who can use it. The best outcome is when the item is used for its original purpose, but next best is that it can be "repurposed." This takes a lot more ingenuity and effort than you might think.

The first obvious step is to have a garage sale. After two of these, yielding about $40 and ending with hauling half our stuff back to the attic, my husband revolted. Now items of any real value go to Treasure Mart for sale, and the rest are donated. Clothing and household items are sought after by local thrift shops. Books and DVDs go to the Friends of the Library. My city councilman, a Kiwanis member, did a special pickup to take the braided rugs my mother-in-law made. The ReUse Center on South Industrial is choosy about what it takes but did agree to pick up an old library table, as long as the move didn't involve stairs. So my husband and I (both past sixty-five) lugged the heavy antique oak table up the narrow basement stairs and into the garage, from where two big muscular young guys gently picked it up and stowed it in their truck.

Bookmark and Share
previous  ·  1 l 2 l 3 l 4 l 5  ·  next page
all on one page
read more stories here -> Marketplace  l  Culture  l  Community  l  News

You might also like:

The Tannahill Weavers
All manner of songs
arwulf arwulf
Make America Great Again, by Tim Athan
Nightspots: B-Side
Nightspots: Silvio's Organic Pizza
Karen's Trail
Karen McKeachie's tragic death is speeding completion of the Border-to-Border Trail.
Brynn W. Raupagh
Crime Map
A clickable, zoomable map
Restaurants with Birthday Discount
A clickable zoomable map
Before Ann Arbor
The U-M in Detroit
Michael Betzold
Photo: The Chenille Sisters at Water Hill
Shoe stores out and on the brink
And Burger Fi exits Tower Plaza.
Patti Smith
Arbor Hospice Palliative Care
Volik championship May 22 to 28
Grieve Well Kite Festival June 17th 2017