Breeality Bites

Cleaning house: Goodbye crap, hello freedom!

I know. There are already whole blogs and books and television channels devoted to showing Americans how to organize, store and even get rid of their crap because, let's face it: We are a culture of crap. We're obsessed with crap, we watch shows about people bullying other people into throwing away their crap and people buying other people's crap from abandoned professional crap storage units. We're fascinated by how much or little crap costs, who gets the better deal on their crap and where the best place is to get the most quality crap for the least amount of money. (For the record, IKEA seems to be the most abundant source of cheap crap Americans love.)

But I don't need to tell you how to deal with your crap. You know if you have a crap problem or not, and chances are you'd deal with it if you really wanted to. I'm a crap collector and I hate that I am. But my crap -- which comes in the form of clothes, shoes, makeup, beauty products, hair thingies and purses -- has recently taken on a new purpose: to become other people's crap. And you know what? Getting rid of emotionally-charged objects that serve no purpose in my life feels fucking fantastic. But for even more reasons than I could have initially imagined.

See also: - And Then She Saved accessories swap brings Denver frugalistas together - Buyer Chrissy Giles explains Buffalo Exchange's purchase (or pass) policy on your resale fashion - Breeality Bites -- The two rules of thrift-store shopping: Buy the ugly crap, but don't buy the ugly crap that looks bad on you

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Bree Davies is a multimedia journalist, artist advocate and community organizer born and raised in Denver. Rooted in the world of Do-It-Yourself arts and music, Davies co-founded Titwrench experimental music festival, is host of the local music and comedy show Sounds on 29th on CPT12 Colorado Public Television and is creator and host of the civic and social issue-focused podcast, Hello? Denver? Are You Still There? Her work is centered on a passionate advocacy for all ages, accessible, inclusive, non-commercial and autonomous DIY art spaces and music venues in Denver.
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