Reducing your belongings in the 21st century is going to involve a lot of electronics. If you’re old enough, you’ll have really old stuff, like floppy drives and disks and actual film cameras as well as plenty of coaxial cable and analog cords. At least that’s what we found when we gathered all our technology and electronics into a big pile and decided what to keep, what to discard, and what to keep for now.
In this video we discuss the options available for selling, donating, and recycling electronics as well as what to do with “emotional bomb boxes” when you encounter them.
In the process of Radically Reducing our belongings, the first major category of stuff that we sorted was entertainment. We piled all the DVDs, CDs, games, etc. in the living room and made decisions about what stays and what goes. Then we made a video summarizing the lessons we learned and the tips we have for anyone doing the same.
It seems like it should be simple – to get rid of the clutter in our lives – but it’s not. Dealing with clutter can be an overwhelming endeavor and many people put it off. It took us awhile, and several failed attempts over the years, to decide on a de-cluttering strategy that works for us (at least it’s working so far!). To figure out what works for you, start by figuring out your goal for the project and then put together an approach that fits that goal and the other elements of your life and personality.
Every week we’ll be posting videos of us sorting through stuff and making decisions on what to keep. The first video is below. It addresses the low-hanging fruit step that we outlined last week and shows you some of the stuff we reduced.
We both believe in the need to reduce the amount of stuff we have and now we have to shed at least 90% of what we own. Start with what we call the low-hanging fruit of the de-cluttering process. It’s the easiest stuff to eliminate because it carries no emotional or mental attachment — the stuff that you’ve been planning to throw out or give away. It’s been sitting in a corner or maybe even gathered in a box or bag in the closet and it just hasn’t quite made it out of the house yet.