Getting My Stuff Back in Balance

Generally, I don’t do New Year’s resolutions. I tend to decide to do things throughout the year and then just get on with them. New Year’s resolutions come with to much pressure and they’ve always seemed forced to me. So I tend to avoid them. But this year is different. I have one New Year’s resolution and it has to do with my finances and my stuff. This year, I resolve to use up, complete, or otherwise deal with the stuff that I have bought/acquired but not yet used.

I’m not a big collector of stuff, but I do buy some things and, rarely, it backs up on me. Books are a big weakness for me, as are movies (since we ditched the cable these form my library of


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4 Responses to Getting My Stuff Back in Balance

  1. Ralph says:

    I have read that you should keep your VHS tapes for backup even after converting to DVD, but I’m not sure why, since if you copy the DVDs and keep them in a separate place that should be fine for backup. But in my case, we still have VCRs and space isn’t a pressing issue, so I probably will keep them for a while anyway.

  2. Irma says:

    I could have written this if only I had the time! lol Right down to the notebooks and free pens. I helped my mom get ready to move into a senior building, planned my wedding, my daughters hs grad party, started a Pampered Chef business, Got daughter set up for college. ugh. 2009 has got to be better.

  3. Janet says:

    Love this post. What an awesome and worthwhile goal. I wish you the best with it.

  4. Damon says:

    I like this concept, I am a packrat and have too much clutter.

    The concern with DVDs and VHS is that if treated correctly (cool, dry place), VHS won’t degrade.

    However, unless you buy the right DVDs, the ink in the disk can actually degrade over time, making it worthless.

    One way around this are to buy archival quality disks (I prefer Ritek / Ridata, and you can find them for about $20-25 for a 100pk online) The dyes in these disks are designed to last a long time. PS I always buy my disks online, they’re a lot cheaper than in the stores and I know what I’m getting. Just because your disks say Memorex on them doesn’t mean you’re getting the same disk every time…

    But that said, everyone tries to make everything cheaper, so if it’s a family video or something irreplaceable, I would seriously consider picking up an external hard drive that will be used only for these videos. Then be careful with it as well, and don’t use it for your day to day stuff. Wearing a drive out or putting a virus on there kinda defeats the purpose of backing it up.

    If you decide to go with the external hard drive and want to save a few bucks there (and have quality control), they are very easy to build. There are two components, the case, and the (internal) hard drive. You have a few things to watch out for.
    1. Make sure the case has good user reviews. Look for one with a lot of aluminum and cooling fans, these help keep your drive cool.
    2. You must match the INTERNAL interface of the case to the hard drive’s interface. Most common now is SATA II and you can find a case for about $35, and the hard drives go for about $1 per 10 gb.
    3. Make sure your computer supports the EXTERNAL interface of the external case. Almost all have USB, but there are a few that do not so watch that.

    Hope I didn’t ramble too much.

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