My 2015 campaign to declutter and simplify my life is continuing in spurts of activity each month. These are some of the books that got donated/tossed this month. Parts of my past life are being discarded here (a small catering concern for example). I also found another 10 or so to discard when I was home with a cold.
I’m finding it easier as I go along. I now do a section of the bookcases and really think about why a book should warrant a space on my limited shelves. Sometimes it is because I know I will refer to it again and sometimes because it brings back happy memories, though that is happening less as I question whether I need to have a physical reminder in order to reminisce. I have also been shocked by the number of books that I have never fully read! What a waste.
I’m doing the same thing with my clothes although I find it hard to accept that I will never again be able to squeeze into some of my favourite outfits. SIGH! I gave away 3 outfits last week and hope to go through my summer wardrobe before I pack it away for winter. I am convincing myself that “Less is more”.
I also went through all the pieces of paper and business cards that I bought home from my recent trip and Quiltcon and tossed some of that. I have a terrible habit of keeping stuff “just in case” which I partly attribute to an impoverished childhood when nothing got thrown away.
Once my apartment is sorted I hope to be brave enough to tackle my garage, but I think that will be a 2016 project. I am starting to see and feel the benefit of doing this – my home is less messy, has slightly more space and it somehow makes me feel more in control of my life rather than “things” controlling me. I’ll never be a minimalist, but I can aim for a less cluttered self!