In my last post, My March Madness, Part 1, I recounted how I approached my most recent paring down of stuff, post-post move. It was a reminder that with changing day-to-day needs, our material goods should be re-evaluated.
As such, these are some of the conversations I had with myself:
I don't need a full hamper anymore. Just a laundry bag to hang on the back of my closet door will do. This will make going down to the laundry room easier.
This set of four Edward Tufte books that used to sit in my office are beautiful. But I no longer have an office so I'm going to take a deeper skim of them and then donate.
These old high school newspapers that include articles I wrote are a fun moment to revisit this last time. But now I'm going to cut out my articles and recycle the rest.
I love composting but I no longer have a backyard with a compost pile. Plus, if I decided to compost again and bring it to the farmer's market, I'd need a compost pail that can be stored in the freezer.
I've had this sewing box for 20 years. It's burgeoning with buttons and fabric. How did this happen? I'll just keep a few buttons, some thread, and needles that I will most likely use. I'll store these items in a small bag in my utility/tool box.
Hmmm ... I don't need all of these glasses and mugs. I'll donate the ones I am least likely to use.
This full length mirror is actually warped in the middle. How did I not realize this before?
Let me do my usual paring down of clothing and books to be sure I only have what I need and use most.
I also went from three memory boxes to two. Memory boxes are where I keep most of my writings from my youth (when I need a laugh), recently completed journals, and notes/cards people have written me. Only a few pieces of physical memorabilia are kept here as I believe these should be worn or displayed (not hidden in a box).
Have there been changes in your life recently, large or small, that may result in a survey of what you have and what you need?