For a few months now everytime I would sit on my couch, I would look at the DVD shelves on the wall across from me and have a mental conversation. On one side, there was the fact that the DVD shelf was definitely next on the chopping block that is the Quest To Have Less Things. On the other side, necessity and timing. The apartment was clean, and I finally fit fairly comfortably into it, so do I really need to get rid of things right now? And with the projects I have going on currently, is it really the time to be starting another big sort?
And then the day came when I thought to myself, I'll just sort out some of the DVDs to take to Amoeba.
And then, I'll just work on the top two shelves of the bookshelves to fit the DVDs I'm keeping for now.
And then, my living room exploded.
And now, I'm fairly pleased with this:
It's crazy how much I've gotten rid of, and I still have two full bookshelves with games on top. (Although, at this point I could put the games in a closet if I wanted to, so clearly I like having them out.)
What I've not taken a picture of is the now giant pile of valuable things that need to be disposed of that are piled up on the wall with the empty DVD shelves. Where I can stare at them from the couch.
Up until now, I've been doing thrift store runs and just dropping things off. And I have another run like that to do. But I've gotten to a point where many of the things really should be sold, both because they have some value and because I could really use the cash.
Selling things, however, is a time consuming process and a new challenge. And not my most important priority except that I really would love to get this stuff out of my apartment. I've been thinking of it as "the curse of valuable things."
I'm attacking it the same way I do everything else. One thing at a time, whatever's in front of me to do. I'm trying not to focus on the whole pile, but rather, what one bit of it is the next to deal with. What's one thing I can fit into a week that decreases the pile.
And hopefully by the end of the summer, I'll have a picture of an empty wall to post.
Happy Independence Day!