4 Practical Ways of Getting Rid of Personal ‘Rubbish’ at Home

4 Practical Ways of Getting Rid of Personal ‘Rubbish’ at Home

This is to share on how I am able to get rid of those bulky things I have had at home as a result of my recent retirement from 25 years working in the government.

I want to get rid some of those books which have been published more than 10 years and teaching manuals and textbooks which I have used when I was teaching before as a classroom teacher in my small library at home. They are classified as periodicals and old newspapers and magazines; pocket books, novels, and do-it manuals.

I pack those books for I want to donate them to our city library. I weigh those old magazines, newspapers and periodicals for I want to sell them to the buy-and-sell business venture and I want the money to repaint my mini library wall. Some of the pocket books and novels are intended to ge given to my close relatives especially those who love reading them and who are still studying in college. I know they would be so grateful receiving them from their uncle.

Stored Computer Files

Since I have just retired from my recent school, I have a lot of computer files to the school desktop computer and also to the laptop issued by the city government in which I have returned upon retiring from the service as a school head. I have a personal file created at the school desktop. Thus I need to copy or delete them from said computer. Since those files contain momentous images of which I am involved like the graduation exercises which I am the speaker, PTA conferences, Local Government Unit meetings, teachers consultative meeting, scouting and other school related activities in which I am personally conducting and involved.

In the laptop, those similar pictures are also stored. I need to remove them too before I turn over the laptop to the city government property custodian. If I would to estimate those files, they are around 16 gigabytes. They are great files. I buy several pieces of DVD to recopy those files. The DVD come short of space to accommodate those bulky files. I am compelled to use Google Drive. Aside from my personal email ad, I create two or more ads and they are all recopied.

Getting Out of the Mess

What should I do all those things which I couldn’t use them anymore? I need to get rid of them for sure. In doing so, 4 simple practical things come up to do to make myself free from those “rubbish” I have had after those 25 faithful years of working with the government. They could be shredded or burned (personal correspondence and communications which are outdated). They could be donated or could be resold, and could be kept like those in the computer in which they could be retrieved anytime when I need them.

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  1. Francine Labelle

    Well it looks like you have your work cut out for you for a few days at least. Do not despair because after this you will definitely be retired and be able to enjoy life at its fullest and continue entertaining us with your tales, your interesting articles and what not. Happy retirement Gil and may you enjoy every minute of it.

    1. Gil Camporazo Post author

      That you for your concern. I will, of course, enjoy my life as a private person and no longer under a command or supervision of other people and I would also free myself of herculean task of administration and supervision of those teachers under me.

  2. Pat Z Anthony

    Getting rid of what we don’t need is a worthwhile goal and something we probably all need to do. Especially if we have items others could use, we should consider donating items as soon as possible.

    1. Gil Camporazo Post author

      You are right. It should be better that those things which could no longer be used be given to others for them to benefit.

    1. Gil Camporazo Post author

      Yap, that it should be the proper scheduling of meeting things in order and properly organized every end of the year.

    1. Gil Camporazo Post author

      Especially if they are too many, too copious or too bulky. It takes a lot of effort and more work to do them.

    1. Gil Camporazo Post author

      That would be nice. I am sure those who receive such donation would be happy.

    1. Gil Camporazo Post author

      Unusable clothes could be reused by others if we want to donate them to the poor or we want to earn extra money we could resell them to a very low price.

  3. Ceci

    I read and read this article again when I log in here, I think the most rubbish the modern people have is: clothing. I try to avoid buy any new one but just recycle my nephews one.

    1. Gil Camporazo Post author

      Nice hearing it that you seem to be a good manager as far as recycling things are concerned. That is good idea. I do appreciate that kind of attitude of yours. Keep it up.

    1. Gil Camporazo Post author

      It is in the person’s attitude to accomplish his plan or not. It is in his actuation to be serious about it or not.

  4. nichewriter

    I have long-time affair with clutter, and I admit to being that hopeless pack rat. But I do try to discard items at least once a year. The purging is bittersweet but beneficial at any rate. What I need to learn or acquire is that habit of regularly decluttering.

    1. Gil Camporazo Post author

      That is good point. Sometimes we are too negligent to free those things for we are too busy, but later when we’re retiring now it’s the time that we realize its importance of decluttering.

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