May 20th Be A Millionaire Day

It sounds so simple and there are a lot of people these days that actually do reach the level of millionaire. It just takes a lot of hard work, luck, being in the right place at the right time and…well, you know maybe inheriting the money. It got me thinking of the games we play where we think we can become a millionaire. The main games here are Monopoly and Life. The thing is, if you add up all the money and property you can own in either of these games you can’t become a millionaire because there isn’t enough money involved in those games to make that much play money! Being rich is a good thing but what is more important is what you do with your money. Just having it in the bank doesn’t do anyone any good, except maybe the bankers.

How to celebrate – Get a plan on how to become a millionaire. Save your pennies, they do add up. Live your life to be happy, not just rich.

May 17th Pack Rat Day

Most of us are at least a part a pack rat. If we collect things, we are at least somewhat a pack rat. If you walk into a room and stuff starts to fall on your head because it’s been stacked up there, then you are probably on the wrong end of being a pack rat. The idea that “I may use that sometime” or “I can fix that” generally lead to being on the wrong end of being a pack rat. I am very guilty of doing that, being a part of theater and video, I tend to think I can use anything for some reason. Of course when I do break down and throw something away, well… that’s when I need it! And the pack rat in me comes back out.

How to celebrate – Be proud of what you have saved. If you can’t get in a room anymore, look what you might finally get rid of. Make a record of what you are keeping and where you’ve put it so you can find it!

March 31st World Backup Day

Have you ever had  computer crash on you? It is a major disaster. Everything you have worked on, in some cases for years, is suddenly gone. Not just misplaced, flat out gone. So now what do you do? Start over? That’s easy enough to say but a lot harder to do.

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You obviously have to have some sort of backup plan. Now if you are like me, I backed up everything I had been working on on a floppy disk. Well guess what… computers don’t have floppy disks anymore! And so now, everything I wisely backed up is useless because I have no way of recovering it!

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So we now have The Cloud. Of course it does have flaws within it but it is certainly better than nothing.  Don’t let all that hard work just drop off into nothing. Personal items, tax records, manuscripts, photos, things you cannot easily replace.

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So today is the day you should plan on backing up everything you have on your computer, which for many of us is a huge part of our lives and identity.  It takes only a short time to back up what you might otherwise lose forever.

How to celebrate – Back up what ever you want to make sure to keep. There are numerous ways to back up your materials, research which is best for you. Set several dates a year to backup your valued items.

May 17th Pack Rat Day

First, I know I have something of value in all my stuff. I am not sure what it is and I’m not sure what it’s worth but I know it’s there and I know it’s valuable.  Someday someone will come into my place and offer me a small fortune for something I have.

Second, I know I will need something I have someday to complete some project I have. I need to keep all these small pieces and parts because just as soon as I throw it out, I will need it.

Third, all these things are memories for me. They take me back in time to when there was a special moment or remind me of some special person. I started my collection when I was ten and now I am seventy, that’s a whole lot of memories.

These are the three main reasons someone becomes a pack rat… and I ought to know because I admit it, I am one!  What’s worse, I use all three excuses for my “collection”.

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What doesn’t have some sort of history to it? Letters and notes from old acquaintances and more. If you are a collector you have to have everything you can find that goes with your collection. When you no longer have a use for something but it may still have a value in your mind you save it for a garage sale. You find out quickly when you hold that garage sale that apparently, though what you thought had value, really didn’t. Seems no one else wants it either.

I think there’s a little pack rat in all of us. We may not want to admit it but do you really need to keep all that stuff you have?  Try just listing everything you have in one room of your house without going there to look at it. Chances are, if you can’t remember it on your list, you really didn’t need it in the first place. I know I have items that I’ve had for twenty years or more and I haven’t touched them in nineteen years.

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No one knows who started Pack Rat Day. That’s probably a good thing because we’d be saving stuff to commemorate that!  All I know is that when I go to my refrigerator and see that picture my two year old son drew I’m just as proud of it now, seventeen years later, as I was the day he did it.

How to celebrate: Revisit those items you have kept over the years they will take you down a trip on memory lane but look for those items you can live without and donate to a museum or collector. Make a note in the calendar to go through one space every 6 months, whether that is a closet, room, garage, etc. and think about truly getting rid of the items you have not used in those 6 months. Just get rid of some of the junk. Everytime you buy or get something new, donate something you already had. Go through mail when you get it and throw away immediately what you do not need. Before buying something to add to your collection, make notes of the pros and cons of owning it, you may be better off just not bringing it home in the first place and your wallet might thank you too. Eliminate storage space. Don’t buy a bunch of extra dressers, drawers, cubbies, foot lockers, etc. If you put it in storage, you are most likely never going to use it again!