Spring Cleaning

May 22, 2015 / Personal

I recently left my job in Advertising to move back to Atlanta and build a fantasy sports company. The guy I was going to room with had a month left on his lease. So, I decided to stay with my parents for a until his lease ended.

It had been several years since I had lived at home—well, for any significant period of time. My room was filled with old toys, clothes, books and an assortment of oddities. When I got home, I knew it was time to do some spring cleaning.

As a kid I hated giving toys away. It had been a month or two since I had played with a toy fire truck. My mother decided to give it away. I gave her a hard time about it, and she refrained from giving away any of my stuff since. As a result, piles of stuff slowly amassed over 15 years.

Sometime after graduating from college, I adopted a minimalist philosophy. I make purchases with an emphasis on utility. If an object doesn’t serve a purpose, don’t buy it. If something I purchase breaks or can no longer be used, I sell it or give it to charity.

I discovered that the mental overhead of owning physical things was too great, and that I was better off without them. It’s the same type of minimalist mentality that Kelly Sutton has, although he may be more extreme than I am. With that said, the stuff littering my room was driving me nuts.

Sorting through the piles of stuff on my dresser and in my desk I came across a few gems, that I thought I’d share:

  • Select comics from a Dilbert calendar.
  • A Maxwell Recordable Mini Disc, which the MP3 player completely wiped out.
  • Floppy Discs containing the original Doom.
  • An original Fulton County Library card.
  • A letter my father wrote years ago waiting for the day I turned 21.
  • My original business plan for FRUGGL.
  • An Xbox Live Diamond Card with my name on it. It expired in December of 2008.
  • An old Xbox Magazine containing a demo disc of Dead or Alive 3.
  • A build tree for Warcraft III.
  • A disc for Norton Anti-virus 2002
  • An old remote for a tv that was old a decade ago. I was given that TV when I first got an N64.
  • Little metal vietcong soldiers.
  • The game box for Command & Conquer.
  • A seashell turtle with glasses.
  • Red Alert with Counterstrike and Aftermath expansions.
  • Unreal Tournament Gold Edition, which I needed to play Tac Ops. It was the unsuccessful opponent of the Half-Life-based Counterstrike.
  • Total Annihilation
  • Sim Tower, Sim Isle, Streets of SimCity
  • Battlefield 1942
  • Diablo II
  • A letter from JP, a long-time friend, when he was in bootcamp. Last Saturday he and his wife had a little girl.
  • Some business and organizational management books I never learned from nor respected.
  • A Guide for The Learning Company’s Reader Rabbit 3. Available for Windows, DOS and Macintosh.
  • A Maxis Software Catalog dated 1994. Remember when EA didn’t own the Sim franchise?
  • A polly pocket figure I had stolen and hidden from my sister.
  • My Dad’s old coin collection, which came from his mother’s basement.
  • The biography of WWF superstars Kurt Angle and Mick Foley.
  • Several old hard drives. When I built new computers I always saved them, but never added them as a storage option. How long ago did computers stop using IDE cables?
  • A paper I wrote titled “Poverty and Prosperity in Respect to the Blackwell, Dahlia and Gray Mountain Communities.” I wrote it for a senior level-class as a freshman. There’s a story here.
  • Football tickets to from Auburn’s 2011 BCS National Championship game.

Although now I’m in the new apartment, I’ve still got a closet of stuff to go through. I’m certain that will add to this list of oddities.