Clear out the physical clutter––photographs, CDs, DVDs, documents, etc. 🗂️
Hopefully by now, letting go is getting easier. If it’s still painful, this step may come as a relief to you since you won’t be getting rid of things––you can throw away the physical photographs, but you’ll still have the digital copies. Technology is the future!
Since I’m a minimalist teen and part of the iGen, I didn’t really have any paper documents or printed photos since most of my items were already digitized. 👼 But for those of you for whom that isn’t the case, I included this excerpt from
of the Minimalists’ 21-Day Journey into Minimalism series:
Photos. Time to scan all those photos that have been collecting dust in the basement, closet, and attic. This sounds easy—and it is—but it will take time, even with Joshua’s easy-to-use scanner. So, to make it a little more fun, we decided to throw a Photo-Scanning Party.*
Music & Movies. Why do we all hold on to so many CDs and DVDs when we can watch virtually anything now with the click of a button? Regarding the music we want to “keep”: let’s transfer it all to the computer, which we can then store in the cloud (The Minimalists use Dropbox, but you can use whatever cloud-based software you prefer). Once our music and movies are safely stored, let’s donate or sell the remaining CDs and DVDs. You have permission to let go.
Documents. Take a look at your documents. Do you need all of them? Chances are you don’t, but you can scan the ones you truly need. Scan them, shred them, and move on.
That’s all; time to take action.
*🗒️ NOTE: If you’re an iPhone user, I recommend trying the free
😲 Did You Know:Over the course of our lifetime, we will spend a total of 3,680 hours or 153 days searching for about 198,43 misplaced items (we lose up to nine items daily). Phones, keys, sunglasses and paperwork top the list.