Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Starting the Process of Sizing Down

There is too much stuff around me. Stuff I don't want or need. It's really time for me to start downsizing again. I've accumulated a lot of crap the last few years and I want to start paring down.

Clothes is a big one for me. I hate shopping for clothing. I really need to get rid of almost everything I have. What I would like to do is start getting rid of all the stuff that's been hanging there for months without being touched and focus on getting a few pieces that I really love. I'm hoping working at the second hand store will allow me to find some choice pieces at a good price point.

Paper is probably my second biggest problem. I have a bill binder somewhere that I used to use for years so that all of my bills and important documents were in one place. I haven't used it over a year so I'll need to track that down and start filing papers as I come across them. I do have a small filing cabinet in my office but I don't have any folders for it and when I went to the office supply store they seemed very pricey. The binder is just as easy for me and it fits snugly on a shelf to save space.

Mementos. I have so many things that I don't really need or truly want anymore but they hold so many memories for me. I'm a sentimental kind of girl. One thing I did when I was a teenager was taken pictures of things before I have them up so I could still look at it but it took up way less space. Maybe I'll try that again. I have to stop associating things to memories.

Random crap. As in.. WTF is this? Better hold onto it just in case! I'm sure everyone has a lot of this laying around. Maybe yours is.. W(hy)TF do I have this? It's every where and its just gets shuffled from one place to another.

Stuff... it's just a lot of work to maintain. It's in the way. I don't really need it so why is here?

It's best I start thinking about things now because I do not want to store very many things when we head off to Australia. Just things we truly don't want to let go of. That's why almost everything we have furniture-wise is second hand. So we can just part with it easily before we go. Well, I'm off to organize some stuff.


Check out this interesting post I read about The Four Laws of Simplicity.

4 comments:

LeighAnn said...

You should sell it all on eBay. You would be amazed at what people buy. It's easy money.

Unless of course, you are independently wealthy!

AND I SUCK AT MAKING VIDEOS!! HAHA!!

Doctor S said...

I have my definition when I look at things I have. If I do not know what it is or do not remember where is came from... I get rid of it. With clothes and sneakers I always find a sentimental value with many items, but its always a constant struggle. Sounds to me like you have a nice inventory for a garage sale.

Frugal Dreamer said...

Hey! I just stumbled across your blog. I'm also located in Canada, BC actually. I agree with your down sizing idea, i need to do this as well! I've added you to my blog list, congratulations on your success so far!! :)

Fabulously Broke said...

Hence why FB closet.

I have to keep a tight rein on myself or else I'll spend like no tomorrow