The past couple weekends, I've kind of made it a point to tackle some projects I've been procrastinating about. We all have them. Clean this, clear out that. Get rid of this book, discard that shirt I'll never wear again. And so forth.
Along the way, as I've been spelunking in and around the apartment I've lived in for nearly 15 years, I discovered, in no particular order - an Ipod from about 2012, a Discman from before that, various business cards I've had over the past few years, and a roll of pics I'd taken during a visit to a cemetery just around this time of the year in, about, 2011. None of this is particularly Earth shattering and none of that important in the scheme of things. The Discman has been claimed (although I don't remember offering it! lol) and I'm not really sure what I'm going to do with the Ipod. It'll join a small pile of electronics (video cams, mostly) that I frankly will probably never use again but seems wasteful to simply throw it away.
I doubt I'll ever be a minimalist (I can actually hear those of you who have lived with me nod in agreement) but I have been on a kick for a good long time now to purge purge purge. It's not easy. Not everything has meaning to me (and therefore value) but there is a value to most everything I have.
What is it you're holding on to that you could get rid of? Catalogs? Magazines? Have you cleared out your frig or cupboard lately? Ever? Do you want every book you have or could they go to your local library, homeless shelter, or youth org? What about the clothes you say you're going to fit in to "someday"? Spoiler alert: it'll never happen. Donate it and free yourself of that part of the narrative that starts up every time you see that article of clothing. Why waste your life with 'somedays'?
"The Somedays" are the things we tell ourselves in order to keep a book, a shirt, a camera.. "I'll use it someday". Well, it's possible (I have found some things in my spelunking that I have put back into use - a vase, for example, I packed away years ago that I unearthed and now sits on a bureau in the living room), but most things, well, probably not.
Free yourself of the The Somedays. Live now. Live with what you need but not all the extra stuff. I'm not there yet, but hope to be there 'someday'. That's the only someday I'm allowing at this point!
Anyway, enjoy this pic and happy Saturday!