This past weekend’s declutter brings me a great amount of relief because I’m parting with neglected books and games that sat in my apartment occupying valuable space for too long (New York City apartments are small and space is extremely valuable). They were a visible and perpetual reminder to me that the money spent on those unused items could have been used for more pertinent things (like subsidizing a less fortunate inner city child’s school supplies, putting money on an inmate’s books, and buying wholesome food, for example). Those books and games represented hours of my life that I exchanged for money that was ultimately wasted. The time is gone, the money is gone, and the energy is gone.
- King Lear
- Teach Like a Champion
- Math Girls Talk About Integers
- The Mermaid Chair
- Le Petit Prince
- Krik? Krak!
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid Cabin Fever
- The One and Only Ivan
- Hitler’s Secret
- The Hunger Games
- Tuck Everlasting
- The Pearl
- Wordie Wars
- SAT Flash Cards
- SAT Words in a Flash
- African American Playing Cards
Some of these books have never been read, some have only been perused. Some of these books were unnecessarily expensive and could have been purchased used from an online retailer. The games…I don’t believe I ever played them.
In my first post on decluttering, Decluttering the Kitchen – Parting With Duplicate Dinnerware, I outlined the four methods I use for parting with my items:
- Gift the Items to Friends and Family
- Initiate a Curb Alert
- Donate to Charity
- Throw the Item Away
This time, I’m opting to donate the items to charity, initiate a curb alert, and throw away whatever remains—in that order. I found a school that is eager to accept the donation. I’ll take back whatever they don’t want and set it out for a curb alert overnight. Anything that remains by the next garbage pickup is going into the garbage truck without reservation or remorse. That’s it, goodbye.
I’m not interested in wasting my life in exchange for money that I will waste on senseless purchases again so all of my future purchases must be purposeful, mindful, and intentional. In the meantime, I’ll do more decluttering during the week and discard a few more items. This is a necessary ritual as it helps alleviate the burden of managing unnecessary possessions and encourages me to be disciplined with my purchases.