I have too much stuff. I bet we’ve all said this at some point in our lives. I myself said it at least twelve times last night, desperately stuffing books into bags, ceramic chickens into boxes and an armchair into the back of a van.
Moving-out or moving-in offers us the perfect, mildly stressful, opportunity to re-evaluate what we possess. I’ve been reading the minimalist blog for a while and was tempted to take part in the minimalist game: to give something (or things) away everyday for a month. Not having 30 days to spare (I had 1 night to pack), I chose not to play the game. Which I guess is a very non-minimalist thing to do. I’m taking it one step at a time.
Being a liver and breather of the sustainunable lifestyle I couldn’t just pack my bags and go. I did, however, pack some bags and leave the rest in my room (I’ve got a few days in the house to start shuffling the cast-away items to their new respective homes). Week 7 of the Sustainunable Revolution is this: Moving-in-imalism. Here’s some advice for anyone who wants to quickly pack “minimalist” (and sustainably) whilst moving house.
Recycle – Put the crap you can’t give away or donate into recycling. That includes separating your electrical waste, paper, etc.
Donate – to a local charity shop, or if you can’t find one bhf collect!
And most importantly, promise yourself to never buy that crap again.
If you’re moving house grab some bags and cordon of 5 ares in your room for: keep, give away, donate to a charity shop, recycle, bin bag. Try and put as little as possible in the bin bag! Even if you just want to free some physical and mental space, give it a try.
I have too much stuff. I don’t need it, not now and not in my new place. This is moving-in-imalism.