How far would you go to clear the clutter?

An old friend has decided her home/space is too crowded. But can you imagine–she’s going to live without a TV and VCR? I’m sure I could adapt eventually, but it seems that television/movies have been pretty good friends for a couple of years(especially during a recent recuperation–though I’m reading a LOT, too).

It’s a hard habit to break because it’s so easy to just settle down and let yourself be entertained. Watched Amadeus last night–I remember when I first saw it years ago I was so turned off by the way the guy played Mozart’s character (sleazy and laughing like an idiot) that I refused to watch it. Turns out it was pretty good once I got past that part. And the MUSIC! I like movies with good music in them. I love the movie Ray, and Walk the Line, and the one about the life of Jerry Lee Lewis.

How far would you go to clear out your life? What would you be willing to give up? How hard do you think it would be for you to adapt to life without TV or movies? Imagine if we had a massive electrical failure (like we did several years ago when the grid went out for a couple of days) and we’d have not only no TV but also no computers! I think I’m going to get on the Internet right now and buy one of those hand-crank-powered radios. Hey, maybe I’ll even buy a manual typewriter so I can keep writing. But then…I’d just be putting more clutter in my space.

On second thought, my hand-written journals have always been a comfort when I’ve had time. Guess without computers, I’d have a lot of time since these days, as a freelance writer, I’m in front of one virtually 10 to 12 hours a day. I remember vaguely there’s a non-computerized way for writers to make a living, but it can’t be as easy as writing from my home office.

Does your clutter ever get you down?


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