Withering Glance: Becoming the anti-hoarder

  • Updated: June 1, 2014 - 9:48 AM

Rick Nelson and Claude Peck dispense unasked-for advice about clothing, etiquette, culture, relationships, grooming and more.

CP: Who was it that said: “Accumulating is easy, it’s the getting-rid-of that’s difficult?”

RN: Um, you? Or Miss Havisham?

CP: Even if you don’t plan on dying soon, it’s time to start tossing soon.

RN: A good three-quarters of my towering Goodwill pile consists of barely worn clothes purchased primarily because they bore that magic word, clearance. Or, in your better department stores, reduced. Turns out, it’s not a bargain if you don’t wear it.

CP: I’m pitching a new reality series, “The Anti-Hoarders.” It will go deep on such people as my friend Mark, who gets by just fine on an iMac and a single pair of flip-flops.

RN: Well, handsome, über-fit Mark 1) can wear anything, 2) lives in jeans-and-T-shirt Seattle, and 3) can wear anything. I hate Mark.

CP: Having recently cleaned out my mom’s house, I am deeply, newly appreciative of her efforts in later years to reduce, reuse, recycle. I can’t imagine what this task would be like in the longtime home of a dedicated pack rat.

RN: I’m not surprised to learn that, even in housekeeping matters, Joanie was ahead of the curve.

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