30 items of clothing, 8 pairs of shoes, 2 bags
Even after a year and a half of paring down my belongings, I still feel like I have so much stuff. Paper must be a real epidemic, I have so much of it still, despite my efforts. In an effort to downsize, I spent this month addressing paper clutter.
- Books. I have a real attachment to books. I have always found them to be very precious. For a long time I kept every book I read. However, recently it dawned on me that it was a bit silly to own things I don’t love. I decided it was time to go through my book collection and discard those I wasn’t going to read again. This was actually a difficult process. Often objects we own help define who we are. I owned books by critically acclaimed authors that I didn’t actually enjoy, but held onto them because they helped define me as some sort of well-read person. Anyway, I passed all those books onto friends, and now I own mostly just the books I truly love and would read again.
- Art supplies. I have always been creative and have spent a lot of time drawing and painting. This has not been the case over the last year though. It’s not the first time I’ve gone through a lack of enthusiasm for art. I decided it was time to get rid of those half used acrylics, watercolours, worn out brushes and abandoned canvases and card, as art does not feel like something I have any interest in right now. Art supplies are not too expensive and I’ll sure be able to get more if the desire strikes at some time in the future.
- Memorabilia. The topic of nostalgia comes up often when I write about decluttering. I used to collect artefacts associated with things I’d done, people I’d met, and places I’d gone. I still have a folder where I keep some of these things, but I did recently minimise this collection. I had some maps of US national parks that I’d collected while on the road. Yosemite, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Death Valley. I hold these places and the adventures I had there so dear, but the maps needed to go.
The things I kept
It is not always so simple to minimise paper, because the information stored on it can be important or valuable. If you know you need to keep something important, consider digitising. Bills, photos, cards, letters and just about anything else on paper can be either scanned or photographed and stored in the magical invisible world of data.