Having a lot of extra stuff is distracting. We got rid of many of our belongings when we moved from Utah, but we held onto a few things we are ready to let go now. It is also easy to start accumulating things again, slowly & over time, so I am trying to stay mindful.
I started with personal belongings, because they are often the most difficult to let go. We carry a lot of attachment, nostalgia, & identification in personal items.
This week, I thought we could focus on a few personal areas we can tackle easily. It takes only a couple hours to go through these, & the weight it lifts is liberating.
We are book fanatics. Dave & I love to read & love owning books. Our books were the one major item not purged in Utah; boxes & boxes made it to Arizona to be sorted through after the move. A year later, we finally did it. We took three medium boxes of books & one over-sized box of dvds to our local, used-bookstore. Even though they only bought a handful, we ended up with almost $100 in store credit. I was reluctant to accept credit; I would have gone with cash, even though it was half the amount. We are trying to reduce not exchange, but Dave reminded me it will be nice for gifts & records. He took the remainder of the boxes to his office to give away, along with the dvds for $2 a pop. Whatever is left after a week, we will donate to the library or a second-hand store.
Does anyone else keep certain books you like, because it looks good on the shelf? Why are we attached to how people will view us based on the books lining our shelves?
There are a few books we kept of course, but I have a feeling a couple of them will eventually find new homes as well. I love the smell of paper & the feeling of it as my fingers flip through pages. The library has been the perfect option for me the last couple years. I have been content to borrow novels & even cookbooks & kitchen reference books, some of which I would love in my own collection. For this, I am considering getting an e-reader. I might hold out for a tablet though, like the iPad2, once the iPad3 comes out.
Watch for another *less waste* tip on Wednesday.
Will you join me?
*This is part of a series I am doing while Dave & I strive to embrace a simple life & home. We are committing to analyze & consider every item in & coming into our home, the ultimate goal being to come to as close to a zero waste home as possible.