OK, so it’s been 2 months since I last wrote up a 10 Things Challenge report, but I haven’t stopped getting rid of stuff! While there seems to be a backlash against the “Live With 100 Things” meme lately (I was always against it – it’s too strict and silly), I am all about keeping only what I need and not much more, even if that means I have more than 100 things – which I do. But in preparation of my latest downsize, I have been donating and selling a ton of stuff that I just don’t need or won’t work in my new place. For example, remember this?
That was my gigantic bookcase that at one time was actually full of books, and then was slowly culled down to what you saw in it here back in February. As of a week ago, only 5 of those squares were in use after I donated another 3 bags of books to the local library. And here is what it looks like now:
Yep, all gone. Who needs a HUGE bookcase when there is nothing to be kept in it? My personal library is now down to a size where I am just going to stack the books against the wall in a corner and call it a day. I kept my favorites and a few reference books, but other than that I decided that if I really wanted to read a book again I could just get it from the library. Besides, my new apartment is 50% of the size of this place (1300 sq feet vs 756 sq feet), so I need to keep it down to the essentials – of which that 6 foot by 6 foot bookcase was not. I think this move is going to be one of the easiest yet, as aside from the kitchen stuff I only needed 10 boxes to pack up all my belongings. A lighter load is definitely good for my brain.
Oh, and this past week I also downsized my car – from a 4 wheel drive Subaru Forester station wagon to a Mini Cooper S. Way better gas mileage and way more fun to drive. I figured that if I wasn’t ready to go car-free (this city is SO not good for that), a smaller car would lower my expenses and carbon footprint.
So there you have it – an update on the challenge. I am still purging and downsizing, and to be honest – my head is clearer. I don’t know if it’s because I have less stuff to worry about or just that having less “stuff” to maintain offers up more free time, but either way I am truly loving downsizing my life. Are you still doing the 10 Things Challenge? If so, how’s it going? If not, why not?