So, this is my turn at soloing for a brief episode of Battles with Bits of Rubber.

And, depending on responses to my musings, perhaps Stuart and I can extend this into a longer broadcast with tips from you all on how to get rid of unwanted and no longer needed stuff.

As usual, you can get the podcast on iTunes/apple podcasts, Google Play Music, Spotify, Soundcloud….basiclally wherever podcasts are found. Not sure what this podcast nonsense is all about? Email me for help:

Hi. My name is Todd. And I’m a pack rat.
(Hi, Todd!)

Let’s face it, most of us have too much stuff. Stuff we don’t use, stuff we don’t need, and stuff we don’t even remember getting.

So how do you get rid of it?! I can look around my office, shop and studio and wonder when the crew from Hoarders is arriving. Maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, because at least I’m not navigating through canyons of stacked magazines and newspapers, but… it’s easy to lose sight of my office from certain vantage points because of props, molds and masks… I can be looking for something – and it can even be in plain view – but it will take me a bit to see it amidst everything else. I either need more space, or less stuff. The answer is less stuff.

But how do you part with something you may need later? There’s a psychology to it… maybe even a pathology… I’ve been collecting and adding to bins of doodads and thingamabobs (I swear they even multiply by themselves!) for what seems like eons that I know I’ll find a cool use for someday.

I need help. I’m never going to use that shit. Who do I think I’m kidding? 2018 may be the Year of the Dog for China, but for me it is The Year of the Purge. I started reading a book by Japanese author Marie Kondo called The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up – The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing.

I haven’t finished it yet, but the gist of it is this: Figure out which items ‘spark joy’ and which don’t. The items that don’t, heave ho! I’m still trying to wrap my head around that, but I confess I am making headway.

Perhaps I need to put in a call to American Pickers. It’s just that I’m in a business that requires stuff, and lots of it. There has to be a way to make do and do well with a leaner inventory and library of stuff. This is my start. Take a listen and let us know what you think.



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3 Responses to Packrat

  1. Debi VanStone says:

    I have the same problem, Todd! Looking forward to following this

  2. Lina says:

    Thanx for this, I’ve heard about this book before and now I’m determined to read it as well..
    I’ve had my business since 2003, and by christmas 2015 I had to leave my studio because of the landlord raising the rent to double the amount…
    So for 2 years I’ve managed to squeeze the contense of my 861 ft2 studio into my 538 ft2 apartment and a very small storage room (thank god I always had a very “airy-style” of decorating my home)

  3. Bruce says:

    My advise is to never have a female friend “help” you sort stuff.It goes away and then I do need it later. Some friends have no “vision”.

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