My current goal: Move to Portland, OR.
After taking a good look at my life goals, I decided that the most important thing to do right this moment is to become a minimalist. It will allow me to do so much more that I could while being tied down to a ton of dead weight.
How to achieve this goal?
First thing first – GIVE AWAY ALL UNNECESSARY BELONGINGS. I have a pretty good sized book collection. I love books. They are my weakness. It’s very hard for me to walk into a bookstore and not walk out with $50-300 worth of awesomely fantastic books. It has always been worth it and I have never once regretted it. However, now that my new goal is to become a minimalist, I am going to give away 90% of my books while only keeping the most important ones with me. Today I told all of my book-loving friends via Facebook, text messages and e-mail about my giveaway this weekend. It is finally time to let them go. I don’t really want any money for them, but if anyone wants to give us any to help with our move to Portland… it is always appreciated! But not necessary. I just genuinely LOVE giving things away. You could say it’s my passion. Unfortunately, I haven’t found a way to successfully live off my passion quite yet… but I haven’t given up hope!
Second would be to start working through all of my other belongings – clothes, gadgets, keepsakes, household items, etc. Thankfully we’ve already significantly reduced our stuff from our two previous moves (Las Vegas to Victoria, TX and recently back to Las Vegas all within the past year and a half). I only brought what fit in my 2007 Toyota Yaris sedan. Quite a feat! Now I want to condense everything we own into just a large suitcase. I think it’s very doable.
- 24″ iMac. I will be giving my computer to my mother after Katrina and I find a way to get two laptops. I’m thinking the cheapest macbook and a netbook. That should be all we need.
- Books. Hopefully the majority of them will be gone within the next few weeks. The rest I will donate to the library or a local charity.
- Documents and paper keepsakes. I will scan all of these documents and keep them on my computer. No need to lug around a huge box of stuff that can easily be kept electronically.
- Clothes. I will only keep the clothes that I wear routinely. There are so many clothes that I don’t need. Goodwill and such, here we come!
- My car. This is a big one. I have a 2007 Toyota Yaris (sedan, sport). It’s a lovely car. I LOVE my car. But I no longer want to pay $300/month for it and $165/month for car insurance. I can pay it, but I don’t want to anymore. I’m thinking of selling it and getting a super cheap car, or just getting rid of it and start using public transportation. Haven’t decided yet.
- Other random stuff. All the odds and ends. Random stuff that everyone collects after a while. Most of these things are completely unnecessary. I will give them away, recycle or throw it out (if it can’t be recycled).
I believe that is pretty much it for all of my stuff. I don’t own a lot of things and I like it that way. It gives me time to really appreciate the more important things in life like spending time with family and friends or curling up with a good book instead of watching TV for several hours a day. I haven’t owned a TV for a few years now. Besides a Comedy Wednesday Night that I have set up with some friends in town, I never watch television. I don’t see a point to it.
OK! So I shall be busy this week cleaning house. Hopefully within a week or two I can successfully say that I have rid myself of all unnecessary belongings! YAY!
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