Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Excess Baggage (Basura to Death!)

For the past few days, my mom and I have been "spring cleaning" her 62.98 sqm condo unit. Before even starting, I had a specific mindset...four objectives: return what was borrowed, donate or give away what we don't need, throw away was is non-useable, and keep the rest (storing them neatly in easy to find/retrieve places).

Omg! Little did I know that I alone had so much excess baggage!

Here are just some of the things that I had to throw away...

...tons of paper, mostly files on past marketing research projects dated nineteen kopong-kopong (way back)

...CD cases, non-rewritable CDs, cassette tapes, floppy disks [remember them?] and the like

...an instamatic camera that does not work anyway

...a rolodex (where the phone numbers were still six digits!)

...books which I have read but do not recommend for anybody to read or books which I myself have not read (boring, uninteresting, "dangerous" for the Christian soul, etc.)

...ballpens that do not write, coloring materials that do not color, highlighters that do not highlight (you get the drift)

...make-up and make-up paraphernalia that would cause me allergies should I use them (of what use are cosmetics if they will only make you ugly?)

...old underwear which are too scandalous to use as rags

...perfume bottles which are almost empty the contents can evaporate anytime

The list is much longer but I'm sure you get the idea.

In one of my books, I said, "In the journey of life, we all should travel light...No excess baggage!"

Take it from someone who used to weigh 190 lbs. Now I'm a "sexy and svelte" 136 lbs but I have to lose 20 lbs more as per advice of my physical therapist.

Of course, I'm not just talking of physical junk and extra pounds here. I mean, all that emotional and psychological baggage we carry around with us. Give them up! Much easier said than done of course...but should be done, nevertheless.


  1. Happy New Year, too, Nica! Wala ka bang blog? Bisitahin ko.

  2. Been also wiping out my junk...too many unncessary thrash in my workroom :)

  3. I agree! No excess baggage! :) It's hard to clean though...

  4. I read somewhere that cleaning stuff is therapeutic.

  5. Every few months my wife has this "cleaning up" thing. Just before kiddie was born, she went on a mass throwing my stuff away in the name of cleaning up. I think I got most of it back. Yeah OK, I dont need a magazine from last year, but I just want it. And that 7" record even though it is not a collectible and I dont have a record player...I still need it!

  6. For the information of the other readers, Sy is a recent (2008) best humor blogger awardee and his website is www.wheelturninghamsterdead.com. He's hilarious!


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