Decluttering, Act 3…the hard drive and the scanner

Sometimes to get rid of stuff, you have to buy stuff.

Last night I had dinner with my neighbors and was a little sad hearing that a 9 year old would be bummed that I am moving to Seattle (it's just 12 miles, little one!). The plan is to not tell her until the "For Sale" sign goes up in the front yard. And also to assure her that this move means that she won't have to wait until she is 12 to have sleep-overs at my house. I'm a softie. I love that kid. I love her siblings too but they can't sleep over until they are 25.

We also played the fun game of putting dibs on all of my stuff. I believe that all my yard stuff is accounted for as well as my DVD player (I think I have used it maybe 3 times in the last 5 years), wrapping paper and a dresser. This is the closest I have ever been to doing something that the idea of sends chills down my spine: a garage sale. (OK, grammar police, knock yourself out with that sentence because I still can't figure it out...and enjoy my jacked up punctuation too).

My decluttering act today? I just bought an external hard drive for my computer. A couple months ago, I scanned all my recipes and tossed the hard copies. All except for the ones that were written by my granny. I miss her and can still picture her hands making her apple pie. Which brings up a good point: balancing out the practical and the sentimental is hard. I think I apply sentiment where it doesn't need to be. I'll be extra vigilant sorting through my stuff.

I'm a "just in case" person. I save bank records, receipts for oil changes. Argh. I have notebooks full of stuff like this; very organized and unnecessary notebooks. It's all going digital. I have always thought of myself as a pen and paper person; a list-maker. But I have never had trouble throwing away a list. I just don't need all this other paperwork cluttering up my life. So, my goal over the next week is to scan my notebooks...all 8 of them (ah jeez!). And weed through my cookbooks and get them down to ten...just ten. I can do it!

Comments (4)

  1. jtenos says:

    I hope you have better luck with your scanning than I do.  I have the same goal, of one day having all of my old statements, tax info, etc. scanned – it’s not as easy as it looks.  After an all-day scanning session, I’ll have cleared up maybe half a cubic foot of space in my house – kind of discouraging, since I could have taken that time to make a much bigger difference in the house.  So I’ll let it go for another month or two, then by the time I get back to it, they’ve been piling up again…

  2. HeatherLeigh says:

    jtenos – yeah…I know. I am a little worried about it. But I am committed to throwing out anything that I don’t absolutely need to save. A lot of the stuff I have, I am sure I can access online anyway. I am so motivated. And I’ll try to create better habits.

    Throwing stuff away is fun! My shredder is going to be smoking!

  3. Andrew says:

    As the lululemon manifesto that you linked to says, "Children are the orgasm of life. Just like you did not know what an orgasm was before you had one, nature does not let you know how great children are until you have them." I don’t think you personally have to have children to understand what is behind that statement, a relationship over a few years is all that is needed.

    Children are however extremely resilient, way more than is reasonable, so while the nine year old will be sad and will always be extremely happy to see you she will quickly recover (almost heart-breakingly quickly).

  4. HeatherLeigh says:

    Ahh, excellent observation, Andrew! Yes, she will be fine. Her mom will just have to get better at planning Auntie Heather time.

    Also, sometimes kids are the snot rocket of life. Just saying.

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