So I think I've been having a positive influence on Jeremy and my family as this weekend he cleaned out four (yes, you read that correctly FOUR) full boxes of DVDs. We went to Dixons Recycled on Brunswick St in Fitzroy and took them everything to have a look at and potentially buy. They bought a few things, gave us $125 and then we took the rest to the op shop. Some kid is going to be super happy to find the complete box set of the transformers cartoon series in Savers Mill Park!
We also visited my Mum's house. I've been helping her declutter her garage and we picked up the last of my boxes from my childhood bits and pieces and helped her move some furniture.
I spent this afternoon unpacking things I thought were important merely a couple of weeks ago and re-evaluated quite a lot of things and many books have joined the books to the second hand book store pile. I've got 2 stores I can take them to - one near my old work in Carlton and why near my house. I have my last shift ever at Carlton on Tuesday, so I'm going to go to the book shop after that to see what they'll buy, then take the rest to the one near my house. Hopefully I get some good money for all the bits and pieces.
I've spent a bit of time thinking about the sunk cost fallacy recently. I used to be so into collections. I had over 2,000 CDs, about the same in DVDs, and about 1,500 books. I had 3 7 x 4 bookcases double stacked with books.... Many I had never read, but I kept because I thought that I couldn't get rid of them if I hadn't read them yet OR if I'm totally honest, I thought they might make me look cool.
Honestly. What a pretentious shit I could be!
I'm down to less than 1 book case and I'm feeling a lot... lighter maybe? Free-er? I don't feel like I've lost anything. I still have some great child hood books, and a lot of books that I reread regularly. I've got 1 drawer of DVD's and they also are ones that I adore and would regularly watch things like featurettes on. Same with CDs. I've now got so much more space... Although Jeremy has expanded his book collection into my empty book cases! Whilst I'm happy he's got space for his things, I also want the house to look more spacious and have less cleaning work, but he has said he'll go through his books before I go to the second hand place and get rid of some.
I'm kind of ahead of what they're doing in the sea change program in a couple of months, but I do a little bit of this sort of decluttering every month or so anyway.
My Mum used to hold onto stuff because she thought she would have a garage sale one day... Well, I convinced her recently that if she was going to have one, she would've done it by now and we called up the Diabetes Foundation and got them to do a pick up. They took 27 boxes of books from her house! I used to hold onto things with the same reasoning, but now I know myself better and know I'm too lazy for that shit. So I just regularly clear out clothes, kitchenware, etc etc that I don't use anymore and take it down the charity store.
Jeremy's Mum said to me on Saturday that she can't believe how much stuff we've gotten rid of, but how the house doesn't look empty. It's still got a lot of furniture in it, but now it's just stuff we use. I'd love to get Jez down to one book case and get rid of one big one, but I don't like them odds.
I just keep chipping away. I work so much I don't have time to do anything but that. I am seeing positive changes, but at the moment, the less work I'm creating by not having so much stuff is being cancelled out by the fact that I have to get rid of so much stuff and that takes time!
Tomorrow morning I have another cycling lesson which I'm super pumped about! Then I mostly have the day to myself to drop off bits and pieces. Then I've got work till 10pm in Mill Park and then I'm up at 4am to get to work at Carlton on time. Busy busy busy!
I'm going to miss the people, but I am not going to miss working 3 jobs, or the alarm going off at 4am! Though going to the meditation retreat in July will be difficult as that'll be 10 straight days of it!
Working 2 part time jobs is more than enough for me right now. It'll be less money, but as I'm not buying DVD's or CD's or books, or spending so much on petrol I'm sure it'll all balance out in the wash :)
The most recent email from Leo was regarding unprocrastination. The now daily task is to make a list of short (a couple of mins to complete and 2-3 tasks) activities I've been putting off and then action them.
I read this while I was at work yesterday and I didn't have time to post my list then, but here's yesterdays:
1. Delete unnecessary emails (completed - down to 30 new from 110 new emails)
2. Adjust the thermostat of the office heater so that it reflects the Australian Conservation Foundation's recommendation for winter temp (between 19'C and 21'C - I have a thermostat on my desk with this marked on it and I kept meaning to do it)
3. Clean off the clutter from the kitchen table. I half completed that as my list for today is:
And just like that another year has passed! Every year of my life has been better than the last. I used to believe that this was a nearly universal experience, as every year you should become smarter, learn from your mistakes, build on your successes, deepen your relationships, etc. But I talked to some people who told me that their years are up and down. Very hard to comprehend, barring some major death or catastrophe.
Anyway, I like to write my annual wrap-up because it helps me get perspective on what I was able to do in a year, how I progressed, how I met or missed my goals, and it lets me set a little bit of direction for the next year.
I really fell in love with Budapest as I mentioned in my annual wrap-up post last year. In May I had the idea to buy a place there with friends (not so original, as I've already done things like this), and I went there in August. Within six weeks we had closed and moved into the new place!