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Saturday, July 1, 2017

The Organizing Journey Day 12

Day 12 – Avoiding Temptation… and Running Off onto Tangential Topics

Friday is the one day of the week that I cook.  The rest of the time I eat whole foods (veggies, fruits, baked fish, etc) or just throw things together (quick salads).  Tonight is a mayo-free tuna salad with a dairy-free zucchini lemon cake for dessert.  Friday is also the day reserved for cleaning the kitchen and living room.  Luckily, those two rooms aren’t wildly chaotic (remember, I’ve been “picking up” as I go along).

So the other day I was at a thrift store, which is one sure-fire way for me to bring more clutter into the house.

“Oh, I can use this for a future project!”
(Projects that never actually end up taking place)

“This is a great price!”
(Maybe, but is it anything I need or will use?)

“I will resell this on eBay and make ten times this amount.”
(Right… because you’ve been doing so well with the other 200 items you are going to sell on ebay someday)

“This painting could be by someone well-known… if only I could read the signature, I could look it up.”
(Do not bring paintings into the house for potential value… only bring them into the house if they speak to you in words so loud you can’t ignore)

“What a great chair/purse/pair of shoes/etc!”
(Maybe, but do you need more? You have so many already)

You see the ongoing battle.  Luckily, my parenthetical arguer won most if not all of the battles.  I did buy some pinking shears (because good ones generally ARE expensive and I do have a specific purpose for them that is used frequently).  I also bought one impulse buy jacket… it’s cool, though.  Of course this means one-in-one-out.  That won’t be a problem as you’ll see when I get to clothes sorting.  I think a lot of it is going.  I have a lot of clothes I don’t wear.  I need to get rid of them no matter the reason.

I did also buy a chair (the thrift store person referred to it as “the cheese chair”).  But I do have a specific and very useful purpose for this chair.  First, look what a narrow profile it has!  Perfect for my studio (won’t take up much space).  Secondly, it has adjustable height and lowers to the perfect height for my saw work. 


… is what I’ve been using for my sawwork.  I think this rattan(?) chair is about 40 years old.  Probably on its last legs.  And I have to say I like the look of the cheese chair better anyway.

Thirdly, the cheese chair has a nice straight backrest.  A backrest feels good.  I like a little lumbar support.  And I like that it’s straight (completely vertical, perpendicular to the seat).  I noticed something when I was at the airport a couple weeks ago, sitting at the gate waiting for my plane.  Almost all seating is arranged in such a way that we are forced to have horrible posture.  Our heads are continually jutting forward, completely out of line with our spine because the chair backs all slant backward.  So you either have to sit up straight without using the back of the chair at all or you have to have your head leaning forward (making a horrible curve at your neck and upper back).

I looked around me and every single one of us had posture that looked like this.

Why do chairbacks lean backward?  It’s not just airports… office chairs, living room chairs, even some kitchen chairs.

There was a study that “proved” that sitting up straight is harder on your back.

Um… do you KNOW what a 135 degree angle looks like?

Of course, laying back is going to take more stress off your spine than sitting up straight.  But who’s going to use this position for anything other than a cat nap?  Because, really, even if you used a recliner that had this angle, it’s horrible on your neck (unless your tv is mounted where your walls meet your ceiling.  The more a chair leans back, actually, the worse it is on your neck.

This is sitting straight. 

VERY FEW chairs are designed for us to sit up straight.  I bet 99.9% of the population (in the U.S. anyway) would feel there’s something wrong with the chair if it had a straight vertical back.

I have used chairs like this before.  They’re surprisingly more comfortable than they look.

This one just scares me though.

Okay, that was a big segue.  My apologies.  But really… it doesn’t make sense to me and I like to understand everything.  (That’s how us control freaks are, y’know.)

So to wrap this up, let me say that I went into town this morning at 8am and suddenly realize what day it is.  Friday to some.  But “yard sale day” to me.  I actually considered pulling the car over and looking at my yard sale app for anything nearby.  But then… I took a beat and convinced myself that there’s nothing in particular I need and I don’t really have time to kill today and garage saling is more fun when done in tandem.  So I’ll wait until my friend and I are both free and we’ll find some good ones.

Look at me, continuing to resist temptation.  What a miracle.

Thanks for all the wonderful comments and feedback.  It’s great hearing from you all and finding out that I’m not alone in this journey.  :-)  Share your tips, tricks, ideas and experiences too, in the comments section.

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  1. First and foremost, love the cheese chair. Think I need something like that for my work station. Second, congrats on overcoming the urge for yard sales. That is a real toughie and is much more fun with a buddy. Keep up the good work.

    1. Thanks and thanks. :-) It IS tough not going to garage sales. But I have a hard time going and not buying anything, so ... ugh!

  2. I have a pile of "sell on eBay" things too. Amazing how that never really gets done.

    1. Ha ha! Well then I'm in good company.

  3. Ok, that last chair looks like either a torture device or something for a paralyzed individual. It does not look comfy at all. I usually end up sitting forward in my office chair or practically laying in it. I have one of those ball chairs for my craft table. I like it. It keeps my core engaged (or it's supposed to). I like your cheesy chair.

    1. Oh, a ball chair. I've never tried one. Now you have me curious.