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.
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).
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.
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
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?