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?
- 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!
- 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.
- 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!