I’ve been wanting to get rid of my stuff for awhile. I have a lot of STUFF, and that’s all it is: STUFF.
Getting rid of this stuff that clutters not only my home, but my mind as well, isn’t as easy as I thought it would be. There’s this sentimental attachment thing that tends to get in the way every time I decide I want to throw out a paperclip (so it seems). It was a good paperclip, it served me well, I can’t part with it…
In all seriousness, I do have this problem (not with paperclips, I swear). I have a hard time getting rid of things like old books I’ll never read, paperwork (you never know when you’ll need that electric bill from 2007!), and old electronics that don’t even work anymore (my palm finally died, but I’m still holding onto it in the hopes that I can somehow resurrect it!)
I was recently invited to do a launch for the book Simple Living 30 Days to Less Stuff and More Life. I’ve never done a book launch, so when Lorilee Lippincott invited me, I was psyched! I really wanted to read the book, and I knew if I joined the launch I’d have a reason to force myself to read it. It was a win-win for me!
Now, I’m not just saying this because I was on the book launch team. I refuse to support anything that doesn’t live up to my expectations, and I haven’t been compensated in anyway for writing this post. This book is short and sweet, but is jam packed with ways to help you minimize your stuff. It actually changed the way I do things.
One chapter in particular hit a nerve. The chapter on weeding out unwanted emails and organizing your inbox was brilliant. I’m constantly getting news letters, and all I ever do is delete them. I very rarely ever read any of them. So, I followed the instructions in the book and unsubscribed to almost all of them (except my knitting and scrapbooking ones). I proceeded to “organize my inbox” by adding a bunch of folders. Now, this is an ongoing process, but I’ve considerably reduced the amount of email I have to read on a daily basis and that has freed up a bunch of time I can use for writing. I was really surprised by how much time email was sucking out of my available writing time!
I also went through all the stuff on my desk (and in the cabinet next to it) and took everything off that I didn’t truly need. The cabinet was so full of junk I couldn’t fit anything else in it, and if I pulled something out I created an avalanche! Now the cabinet is full of books that I use quite often (but not everyday) when I’m writing. I now have room on my desk for some spiritual inspiration, and I have gotten so much more writing done! In fact, I’ve been writing so much I haven’t had time to read any of my friends blogs!!
Anyway, if you want to start to minimize the amount of stuff you have, I highly recommend this book. I’m about to begin reading (if I ever get a break from writing that is) her first book 3-2-1 Stop: Stop Running and Start Living. It’s a more in depth version of Simple Living. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get to the rest of the house and get rid of even more stuff!