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A buddy looked at the contractor’s bag full of last week’s photo sort and nailed the nomenclature for what’s left after inventory has been high-graded to that which is necessary, sufficient, and parsimonious.
As a wee student of chemistry, I was treated to a tour of the Asarco smelter in Tacoma. I picked a piece of bright, lacy copper spillage off the dirt floor of a lofty building full of huge, daunting cauldrons. The tour guide mentioned that the company salvaged enough gold and silver from the raw ore to pay for producing marketable copper.
Refining domestic inventory may not produce precious metal (though surprisingly often it does), but it yields even more valuable commodities: time, attention to spare, room to breathe, and a working inventory that serves rather than dominating. Paul Hawken’s The Next Economy and Don Aslett’s Clutter’s Last Stand are useful guides to the territory.
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