so i have this bad habit. when something on the ground catches my eye, something shiny or out of the ordinary, i pick it up and put it in my pocket. i am a pack rat. i have all kinds of little bits of things tucked into little jars and drawers and bags and pockets. i can't say most of what i pick up is in any way utilitarian, which is why i've decided to not do this anymore. it is not easy. i have to make conscious decisions about reaching down and putting something into my pocket.
so i've established some helpful tips/guidelines for myself.
(when i see an attractive something i have to tell myself "do not pick that up. you do not need to pick that up and put it in your pocket. please. don't.")
1. i can pick up things i may be able to use sometime or somehow. this includes paper clips, washers, safety pins, ballpoint pens, etc.
2. if i see something i want to really, really pick up i will just take a picture of it. (see above)
3. i can pick up and keep ball bearings.
so hopefully i will be able to lighten the load, so to speak. one little shiny object at a time.
that's. where you'll find me now. wahoo.