Here’s a new task to help simplify our lives and minimizing our households.
Challenge # 16: Pick Up Sticks
If you have a yard or land, inevitably things will collect just like they do in the home. Start small, and work your way up to a few bigger items that need to go. Set a time limit to keep you focused.
How’d it go:
With the recent rains, we were finally able to burn a brush pile we’ve been collecting. It was exciting for our 5-year old and she turned it into a game of Pick Up Sticks, throwing whatever tree-leavings and small dead-fall she could manage into the fire. I helped her for a time; there were surprising amounts of misc. scrap lumber saved here and there for whatever reason, but if they hadn’t been protected, the elements had long-since taken them. Picking up sticks led me to non-burnable items that needed to go, so during the time when we needed to actively tend the fire, I started gathering these items in the back of the truck to take to the scrap heap. We’d saved them for whatever reason over the years, but with this new fledgling-minimalism mentality, it’s now much easier to see that if we don’t have an immediate use for them, we are very unlikely to put them to use in the future. Where I piled them was strategic too. If I had made another pile in the yard, it likely would have sat there for who knows how long. Putting them in the truck forced us to get rid of them before the next trip to town. We didn’t have anything big enough that would require payment for drop-off, but eventually we will. The outskirts of the yard need another week or two of heavy focus. Not surprisingly, it feels just as freeing to clean-up our human mess outdoors as it does indoors.
(Published in the Jun 5th issue of the Warroad Pioneer)