What the hell is The Junk Pyramid?
Although I do envision my house as a big pile of my junk with a pointy roof on top, The Junk Pyramid is not a graphical representation of my packratting problem.
It is a metaphorical way for me to say that just as a person needs a certain number of servings of nutrients each day (e.g., 3 servings of meats and beans, 8 servings of ice cream), that same person may need 6 servings of decluttering each day.
That is, in order to keep my sanity, to prevent my house from buckling under the strain of my possessions, and to ensure my future ability to walk a straight line without kicking crap out of the way, I will be removing six items from my house each day.
Okay. No, wait. What?
Every day I will cull six items from my living space. I will earmark them for yard sales, donations, or the trash can.
Will you really get rid of six things every day?
Some days I may get rid of 12 and then none the next day. If I get rid of 6 things a day for a year, I will have removed 2,190 things from my house. Check back next March to see if that happened.
How long do you plan to do this?
As long as there is crap in my house. Or until I lose interest, whichever comes first.
So, how bad is your house?
It's probably average to slightly above average cluttered. We can make it look clean, but it gets, ahem, untidy again quickly. I'm hoping that by removing some of the extraneous junk, it will stay clean longer. I also used to buy toys and books to fill time and make myself happy. I'm thinking throwing them out might make me even happier.
What does your family think about this?
The kids haven't been told. Nor will they be. Some things I will sneak out under cover of darkness. For some things I will talk to them about what we need and do not need.
Alex, in a great testament to his confidence in me, said, "I think it's a great idea as long as we don't just buy more stuff to replace it." Thanks for the vote of confidence, jackass.
Well then, are you going to stop buying things?
No. I will purchase things I need. I've been trying for a while now to not buy things that are not necessary to my life. And I no longer buy toys just because I'm bored. (Now I buy liquor.)
What's your goal with this?
My goal is this: I want to have a house full of only the things my family actively wants, uses, and needs. If we don't care about it, use it, or need it to live, it has no business being here.