It’s about time I extend my minimalist practices to the workplace as well, starting with my very own desk. After many years of working the same job in the same company, I’ve come to realize that I don’t even use (or remember owning!) half of the things I own and helplessly store in my small drawers. At the same time, minimalism and productivity are said to go well together, and this is another benefit of minimalism that I would want to enjoy. So when it was time for me to set up my workspace, I had a very strategic approach.
When decluttering, the question I ask myself is: “What do I need to keep?” rather than, “What do I need to get rid of?” This helps me in maintaining my focus on the items I consider to be necessary. If a certain item doesn’t make it on my to-keep list, it’s considered “excess stuff.” But what do I do with these excess stuff?
In this series, I will share my experiences on the different options I had when parting ways with excess stuff. For Part 1 of this series, I will focus on one of the first options we tend to consider when an item no longer fulfills the purpose it once had: selling it.
I felt like Andy giving away his beloved toys…
I used to be that person who romanticized books so much. I thought that nothing could beat the smell, the feel, and intimacy a book can give to its reader. Reading has been (and is still) such a huge part of who I am.
Over the years, I have collected so many books. They came to me as gifts, bargain hunts, and impulse purchases. It was not enough that I borrow a book—I must have a copy of it, because I knew that I would always want to revisit the pages and relive the experiences of my favorite characters.
Recently, however, I have not had the abundance of time to read and reread. And if ever I do feel the urge to read a new book, or revisit a chapter of something I’ve already read before, I would opt to do so on my iPad. Once I became conscious of this habit I’ve apparently developed, I started digitizing my book collection. Doing this made it easy for me to finally push through with something I’ve long thought of doing: passing my physical books forward.