Pare Down Complete

My Pare Down Project is complete and I own a lot less stuff. It feels great! I’ve been putting things down on the street to give away, and it always amazes me how quickly it disappears. The last thing I brought down was a box full of smaller stuff, figuring people would look through it and take what they wanted, but someone walked away with the whole box, minutes later. Greedy!

I took this the other day, on my way to the library. This was from a major fire on Greenwich Street that destroyed Village Paper, a party store that’s been there for … decades at least. I’m pretty sure I’ve been buying all my party supplies there since I moved here (1982, I think it was).


Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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5 thoughts on “Pare Down Complete

  1. Congrats on the pare-down. Always a feeling of freedom when done well! I’ve been working on that since husband died 4 years ago. Had two barns, a garage and big house crammed full of ‘stuff’ at that time. Have moved twice now, and each time I weed out more and more. I’ve decided I’ll make it an annual spring tradition — lose everything that is not essential! And I always give away the extras, never sell it. One person’s trash is another’s treasure!

  2. Oh, interesting, yeah.

    Cara, this is a spring tradition of mine, but I jumped the gun after watching a couple of episodes of hoarders.

  3. Wow, Village Paper gone? One more shred of my old beloved downtown… I used to go in there often. Congratulations on the pare-down, though. It must feel really satisfying.

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