So the other day, I was asked to watch my younger sister at my mom’s house. I had nothing to do, so I obviously had no problem watching her. I did however, end up needing to do some laundry while I was there.
Why am I telling you this, you may ask? Well, while doing laundry at my mother’s (which is in the basement), I realized that I was using a reasonable portion of her basement and filling it with my possessions. These things were not only not on display in my house, but they WEREN’T EVEN IN MY HOUSE.
Now, thankfully I wasn’t using a rental storage unit. Otherwise, I’m sure it would have been my first area to minimize. And looking back, it really should have been anyways. This weight was sitting on my shoulders and it needed to be taken care of.
For those of you who have been following Minimalist Mondays, you may very well know the rules by now. For those of you who are new, here’s the basics:
- Pick something small.
- It should take 15-30 minutes from start to end.
- Make 3 separate piles. (Keep, Sell, Donate/Trash)
- Make sure to have a box handy. (You don’t want a pile of stuff that you’d like to donate or sell cluttering some other part of the house!)
- Have fun. Don’t make this a chore.
While we did take quite a bit more time with this project than what I generally recommend, we did also take frequent breaks to keep ourselves from strangling each other. I recommend you do the same if you value your ability to breathe.
There were our Christmas decorations, which we unfortunately didn’t have great successes with. We still have some attachments that we haven’t been able to break. It’s all a process and we will visit everything again. We did however, relieve ourselves of some extra lights and bulbs.
Last year, we had a garage sale (yes, last year). We ended up selling or donating a large portion of clothing build up, but we also ended up with a two totes of clothes that we were going to try and take to a consignment shop. We never did, so we re-evaluated. 90% is now being donated.
For some peculiar reason or another, we had a large box of old towels. These will be donated to a local animal shelter, along with some blankets from our obnoxious collection.
On to our entertainment storage… Angela and I (well, Angela anyways) had a large collection of both books and DVDs. While there is still a large portion of books left (I don’t count this as a negative, but still view it’s reduction as a positive), the DVDs were halved. The remainder of books and DVDs will be donated to the local library.
A total of 4 boxes were filled with knick knacks and memorabilia. These were dramatically reduced, but are still in need of further reduction. Unfortunately, these led to the same issues that we had with our Christmas decor. We are working toward decreasing our emotional attachment to our stuff.
After plenty of minimizing, and consolidation of our stuff in boxes and totes, we halved the amount of storage and are planning on moving the remainder back into our house for further reduction. We feel that we made plenty of progress on this Minimalist Monday, and it left us with inspiration for projects to come.
What did you minimize today? Was this project large or small? Are you ready and raring to go? And how about your storage unit? (Seriously, go check it out.) Let’s discuss it in the comments below.