Minimalism. Books, DVDs, Magazines & Decorations. Go digital.

We’re becoming minimalists. Here’s our journey so far

After fixing our closets and towel drawers, we also took care of shoes and accessories and then started looking at books, DVDs, CDs and decorations. Compared to other stuff, they just sit there. They occupy space and nothing more.

Minimalism Series. Go digital with your books, dvds, magazines and decorations

Books

Books are a sensitive issue because since we were kids, we were taught to love and respect books. We don’t throw away books, and we shouldn’t lend them to friends because they might forget to give them back.

We gathered them all in one place and one by one we decided if it goes or if it stays by answering these questions:

  • Did both of us read it? If yes, it goes.
  • Did one of us read it but the other one didn’t and wants to? Then it stays.
  • Did one of us read it but the other one is not interested? Then it goes.
  • Unread book but we want to read it? Then it stays.
  • Unread book but none of us is interested? Then it goes.
  • Is it a reference book that we open now and then (dictionary, exercise book, etc.)? Then it stays.

It wasn’t that hard. The feeling you have when you see that all your books fit on a shelf is AMAZING. So from now on, we’re not going to buy any new book until we read the ones we have and we’re going to try as much as we can to buy Kindle versions because we both have Kindles.

What to do with them?

You can try selling, donating to charities or use a service like Music Magpie but I’m not a fan because the money is not worth it unless you have tons of books (you get about 30p per book).

DVDs

With so many online options to watch whatever you can imagine, it’s not worth occupying so much space with DVDs (and don’t even get me started about CDs). We only kept the ones we didn’t watch (they’re not that many), but as soon as they’re done, they’re going to be on their way. We don’t intend to keep any.

What to do with them?

If they are still worth something, donate them to charities. Otherwise, find a local recycling centre.

Magazines

I used to have subscriptions to Runner’s World, Women’s Health and Alin still has a subscription to Healthy Food Guide, so we had years of magazines stored on our shelves. We spent some time browsing them and taking pictures of the articles we’re still interested in and then put them in the recycle bin. From now on, if we want a subscription, we’re going to buy a digital one. No more paper.

Calendars and greeting cards

We kept old calendars to remember important dates. But they used to occupy half a shelf. So we took pictures of each page of each calendar and recycled them. Same for greeting cards. Now I have them all in my pocket; I can read them anytime I want without wasting any physical space.

Now I can read my cards anytime I want

Decorations

We gave away many of our photo frames and useless decorative objects. If you care for it, take a picture of it and then let it go. From now on, we are going to be very mindful of the pictures we print – do we have to? Do have in mind that photo paper is not recyclable.

Do you have something that you might go digital with? 

2 Comments

  1. Do you have something that you might go digital with?

    I moved 5 times in 3 years .. it’s a masterclass in minimalism !
    Letting things, stuff , places, people, relations, friends go …

    I now live in a very tiny house … i really love my little place.
    But i also love interior design, it is my passion, but i do not have the space or budget to have it all ….

    So i created a digital home on Pinterest, decorated with all the last new interior trends 😉 its almost like i have all these objects even if its only on mind level … i have a virtual dream home …

    For example i really love the Charles Eames chairs … i do not have the space or budget to buy them .. but i feel I do have them in my virtual world –

    Its works so well my virtual worlds … we do not have to own or do everything … we can create it for our self.

    Traveling … i’m a single mum … i can afford a city trip … but the big around the world travels … google earth … visit the places wandering down the streets or markets … or a nice travel program / documentary on tv, I focus on the program it feels like I really took the trip.
    Minimalism is also about how we feel or think about things or activity’s in life … the internet or tv can add to a happy mindfull life when U use it right and thoughtful .

    1. Author

      Wow, I think the Pinterest home decor board idea is genius!
      The Internet and TV can definitely be useful if we use them properly. They were my main motivation tools when trying to reach any goals. When I was losing weight or when I decluterring, I always found something inspirational on blogs, youtube or some TV show.
      Thanks so much for taking the time to read and leave a comment! xx

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