The act of sorting in itself can be quite powerful. When you own a lot of stuff, items get overlooked, missed. Closets and cupboards contain can hold more than the memory. We found this to be true in our case so we created several videos highlighting this process. Part of becoming a minimalist is not having so much stuff you forget you have it.
Little Free Libraries are a great way to donate those books you no longer need. It is a grass roots movement that is spreading across the nation. In almost every town we’ve traveled through there’s been at least one of these libraries. You can visit their website to find one in your area.
In this video interview we talk to Sean Boyle about his experience of forced minimalism. After losing everything, he traveled over 1,000 miles on his bicycle back to Phoenix with just a trailer filled with what was left of his belongings.
This teaches a valuable lesson about letting go of stuff before the decision is made for you.
Sorting our books was one of the hardest tasks we’ve tackled so far in our #RadicallyReducing project. We are both avid readers and wordsmiths. We have books dating back to our childhood and books that we’ve bought together. Some books remind us of special times in our lives while others have shaped our personal philosophy and spirituality and others are simply windows into fictional worlds that we return to again and again.
When it comes to books, people have very definite opinions. We carefully choose, read, and savor each and every book that comes into our home. Some people even consider characters to be another form of friend. Books can represent knowledge, status, and hold memories of the first time you read a story – or the time you re-read it during an emotional time of your life. All of that makes it that much harder to contemplate sorting through your books to decide whether to remove them from your library.
You don’t have to be doing a #RadicallyReducing project to consider de-cluttering your wardrobe. Clothing is a big part of our lives and most people tend to accumulate clothes over time, resulting in overstuffed closets and drawers and even boxes and tubs of clothes stored in basements and garages.
We covered some of the lessons we learned about reducing our wardrobes in this blog post. We also sat down and summarized the process in the video below.