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Minimized Monthly: March 2017

March 27, 2017
Minimized Monthly

I’ve been a bad minimalist lately, and I don’t care who knows it! Not in the physical ‘things’ sense, but in the mental sense. The last couple of weeks I have been very restless and impatient. Rather than just being able to enjoy my weekends and freetime, I’ve been wanting to fill them with personal productivity. Things like designing my tiny house, or exploring outside. Basically, I don’t want to sit in my house doing nothing- or doing things I see as a waste of my time (like relaxing, Netflixing, etc).

What I have failed to take into account is that it’s winter (mostly) and I live in the middle of nowhere (or at least that’s how it feels most days). So despite my desire to do something useful with my free time- that’s not really feasible, practical or smart.

I suspect I’m dealing with textbook Spring Fever. The upside/silver lining of my restless energy is that I’ve been able to channel it into decluttering projects. I have been straight up ruthless this month with an ‘everything must go’ attitude.

What am I minimizing this month?

Stack of Books

  • More Books: Like I will be writing about soon, I found a couple more books on my Kindle that I also had in printed form. Stay tuned for a post in a couple of weeks for why I am instituting a book ban.

Where are they going? One is going to my local library, and the other I gave to my mom for her birthday!

 

 

 

 

Paper on Chair

  • Seven inches of paper: This is where the ruthless attitude really came into play. I took 5+ hours to digitize (scan) two full binders, a folio and a notebook. I digitized everything from my yoga training notes to my cat’s medical records- it was incredibly cathartic. The only hard copy paper items I have left are tax documents, I’m too chicken to risk it!

Where is it going? The Blue Bin! Aka recycled.

 

 

 

 

 

FitBit Flex

  • My FitBit: I’ve owned not one, but two different activity trackers in the last two years. The problem is, tracking my activity makes me obsessive and neurotic- so I quit using both of them not long after I purchased them. I finally decided it didn’t need to take up space in my life anymore!

Where is it going? Since it is in perfect condition, I’m going to try selling it.

 

 

 

  • Broken Electronics: I recently discovered a local recycling depot that accepts broken electronics- which means I can safely dispose of some old electronics I’ve been hanging onto for a couple of months!

What am I recycling? An old computer cord (that tried to burn my house down), and an old iPod clock radio that no longer works.

That’s it for this month! I’m still so surprised I manage to find new things to minimize every month. It just goes to show how much ‘stuff’ the average person owns!


Have you ever felt impatient on your minimalist journey? Like you weren’t ‘getting there’ fast enough? How did you deal with it? Let me know in the comments!

  • DJ @1000WaysToSave April 10, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    I know what you mean about your FitBit making you obsessive and neurotic. The same thing happens to me anytime I try to track anything health-wise on my phone. It’s way too easy to always be checking your stats!

    • tinyambitions April 10, 2017 at 8:22 pm

      Exactly! We spend so much time ‘checking in’ with everything else in our lives, I had to draw the line somewhere!

  • Lisa | Simple Life Experiment April 6, 2017 at 12:26 am

    I can definitely relate to that ‘where did this come from?’ feeling! We got rid of a huge stack of papers from our filing box last weekend, but the weird thing was that we decluttered an equally large stack of them mid-2016, so it was kind of bizarre that we could actually find SO many again this time around. As you say, it goes to show how much stuff we all have. High five to us for getting rid of our papers – isn’t it such a relief?!

    But yes, I definitely have experienced that feeling of impatience, and it’s pretty unsettling. We are planning to downsize to one bedroom at the end of this year, and I feel I’m already getting impatient about the move even though it’s only April. It’s as if I think there won’t be any finality to our minimalist journey until we are in a smaller place. I find myself doing mental inventories of our possessions, wanting to box things up so that I can get a better sense of exactly what we have and if there is anything else we can get rid of! I guess after so many years of consumption and hoarding, my impatience to ‘get there’ is only normal now that I am on this path and know that it is the right one for me. Time to chill out a little though, I think…

    • tinyambitions April 6, 2017 at 6:52 am

      Paper is like a ninja- it creeps up on you from out of nowhere. Getting rid of that huge stack was so freeing. I wonder if it’s the limbo, non- settledness of both of our situations that are causing discontent. You know you are going somewhere smaller, and I know I’m going to have to move somewhere later this year too- but our brains want it to happen already so we can get settled!

    Hey! I'm Britt. I write about living a tiny, simple, intentional life. Because life doesn't need to be lived big.

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