Oh! I forgot to tell you! I started the great clean out the day before yesterday. I went through my books and got rid of a third of them. I wandered around the downstairs and did an initial sweep, getting rid of some obvious things. We went through the movies and music as well. Exciting! My bookshelves look ravaged, but I feel lighter.
I took two bags of the books and the movies and music to a used bookstore that does all three. They took almost all of it and now I have a ton of credit for anything I want to buy there. Whoo-hoo! I’m not going to spend it all at once though. We just got rid of a bunch of stuff, we don’t need to immediately go out and get more. The credit never expires so we can take our time. I have more bags of books bound for a different used bookstore. And another couple of bags of things bound for the thrift store. We got rid of a ton of stuff and there’s more to do. It feels great.
We’ll still have a bunch of stuff but it’ll fit better and there will be places for all of it to be put away. That will feel great! I actually took a few things out of the thrift store bag. They were decorative pieces and I realized that the shelf looked naked without them. I liked them and so, out of the bag they came. One of the principles of minimalism is to surround yourself with things that serve you or that you find beautiful. Those pieces complete the shelf and make me happy.
I had gotten rid of the urns and lions. They balance out the shelf and the urns hold flowers usually. I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but they make me happy. There was no way I was getting rid of Winged Victory.
We have a couple of little setups like this around the house. I am so conflicted because I know the little statues and such are nothing but dust collectors, but we find them nice. Minimalism or simplicity can’t mean that we get rid of all the things that make us happy, otherwise it’s nothing more than deprivation. So, they stay. There are plenty of other things we can get rid of.
We’re getting rid of things that have been stored forever. Mostly it’s been things that have been on shelves and in boxes. We’re cleaning out storage space. It’s not all terribly visible, but we’re clearing space for the things we save to be put away properly.
I finally just got fed up and went and started getting rid of things. I’m trying to be strict in my judgment of what stays and what goes. Some things we just haven’t even looked at in a couple of years and those are easy. That’s mostly where we’re starting. We’ll eventually find a happy settling point. It feels good to have started.