Episode 041 — Belafonte and Spring Cleaning — Nerds on Draft

Jeff and Gabe talk about how important it is to revisit your messes on a yearly basis.

Is it a good idea to hang onto boxes of books in your attic for years and never open them?

Do we really need to keep the tour postcard for R.E.M.'s Reckoning Tour from the early 80's?

This is a seriously weird look into the minds of the hosts, as evidenced in Gabe's show notes listed below (Jeff scribbled his into a Field Notes and are illegible).

The hosts somehow manage to do all of this talking while sipping a superb Belafonte by Night Shift Brewing.

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Gabe's Show Notes for "The Big Spring Clean-out"


If you don't use it do you need it?

There's a real sense of loss to disposal

What if I need it?


What's that space worth?

How much is inconvenience worth?

More stuff means it's harder to find anything

Some things are worth keeping. Most are not

General purpose tools are good

"It's worth money"

Not in your attic

Merlin Mann

Do you treat it like it's worth money?

If it's not worth your time, how much is it worth?

Boxes from previous moves

Guess I didn't really need that stuff


Get a dumpster


Short duration

So great to just get rid of junk

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Donation pick ups

I always say I'll sell it on ebay but I hate ebay

Why Spring?

Some crap about "renewal"

Because it's hard to work outside with 8' of snow


Old manuals



Computer boxes




I store them for resell and repair

Rarely NEED them


Getting off of my Dropbox dependency

The Documents folder is evil

The Downloads folder is where demons live

Use Daisy Disk


Get the media off of your Mac

Makes apps like Alfred and LaunchBar better

Limit searching to stuff that's relevant

Stuff like DEVONthink is great

If you use Evernote, consider how well search works with all of that stuff


The Beast

I have an attic in my garage. That's bad.

Old paint cans are hard

Krudd Kutter solidifier http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MqPKRyxnDAM

Our disposal center is open 8 days A YEAR

Garden tools

Did you use them?

Are they fully functional

Dull shears

Will you sharpen them?

Broken shovels


Aspirational clothes

Take the money you save by not eating and buy new clothes


I only need 3-4 pair


gym shoes





How many colanders does a family really need

Recycle that plastic wear that looks like a fusion reaction was run in it.

Freezers are a pain

Very hard to track

Sharpie rubs off eventually

Write INSIDE of bag

Most things over

a year old are going to taste it

Brewing supplies

Kid's dishes

How many coffee cups have you ever used at once?

Come to terms with the "I just don't want to wash dishes" syndrome

Attics and Basements

The Dream Catcher of our lives

Out of sight out of mind

It's a good training ground for getting rid of crap

Put it in the attic

If it's still there next fall then get rid of it

That's 15 months of not using it

It's not seasonal

Kid's toys

I'm a terrible person

Many bags of toys have been donated via our attic


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