Spring Cleaning

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

So yeah, I’ve been doing some bits of spring cleaning, and possibly getting more zen?8 That right there is almost enough9 for me to call this whole break a success already. I’ll take it.


  1. 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. 
  2. Don’t freak out, I’m not getting rid of books, I just noticed that I inexplicably have a couple duplicates on my shelves. 
  3. This barbed remark is directed at the Salvation Army who, as per this story, I personally hold guilty for at least one murder. 
  4. 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. 
  5. What a beautiful word. 
  6. I use this phrase often enough that I’m considering applying for a trademark. 
  7. 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. 
  8. I can hope so, at least. 
  9. Entirely enough would include ‘having done any of the assignments that’re due after the break.’