Have you ever just sat down and thought about consumerism? It’s weird.1 Seriously, think about how much stuff you’ve got that you don’t need.
Personally, that thought process combined with a deeply-rooted idea about Spring Cleaning, and I dropped off something like ten years of Popular Mechanics back-issues at the library’s donation desk a couple days ago. Sometime when I have some more free time and access to transportation, I’m going to take a similarly-deep archive of Popular Science issues by, and possibly a few books.2
Later this week, I’m going to go through my closet and get rid of old clothes that I never wear anymore, take them to a charity that isn’t morally reprehensible3 and will get some good use out of them.
I think I may have invented the opposite of retail therapy. Okay, okay, I didn’t invent it, I’m pretty sure Buddha did that.4 Getting rid of cruft5 is catharthic in its own way, and I really do appreciate that. Especially because, as a Broke College Kid6 I can’t afford retail therapy, and based on the rate at which student loans are getting out of hand in this country, I’m gonna be a Broke Adult for quite a while after I graduate. Thanks, America.7
- This may or may not be inspired by an article about, wait for it, consumerism that Time ran an issue or two ago. I’m reading through a backlog of magazines at the moment. ↩
- Don’t freak out, I’m not getting rid of books, I just noticed that I inexplicably have a couple duplicates on my shelves. ↩
- This barbed remark is directed at the Salvation Army who, as per this story, I personally hold guilty for at least one murder. ↩
- Is it ‘Buddha’ or ‘the Buddha’? Crap, now I’m going to spend half an hour reading up on the grammar of various belief systems. ↩
- What a beautiful word. ↩
- I use this phrase often enough that I’m considering applying for a trademark. ↩
- Traditionally the joke is “thanks, Obama,” but I think we can call that meme officially over after Obama himself used it in a BuzzFeed video. ↩
- I can hope so, at least. ↩
- Entirely enough would include ‘having done any of the assignments that’re due after the break.’ ↩