Friday, December 24, 2010

The Road to Paperless

I'm moving offices and in an effort to clean up my desk, I went through a couple of large filing drawers I've been dragging around for the last 6 years. I realized, with some surprise, that literally every piece of paper was not necessary to keep and could be recycled. Up until the recent past, I've feel the need to hang on to this paper. Why is it that I finally decided I could get rid of it? Is it because I'm absolutely sick of paper dust, because I am tired of the burden of dragging it around, or that I'm finally confident enough about technology that I can save what I need online? Likely it's a combination of all three, but I must say, I feel so much lighter!

I recently went through a purging effort at home too. We refinished just about every surface in our apartment and needed to move our massive book collection into our storage unit in the basement. I used this opportunity to donate roughly 95% of my books (my husband only donated about 50%). But after close to 4 months post construction, we still haven't moved them back into our living space. We're perfectly happy with a small collection of our favorites and our Kindles. Seems almost counter-intuitive given both my husband and I are authors and complete book lovers. But somehow taking all of the books away made us feel less burdened and our home feel more clean. We do have a wee too many computers/electronics, but that's next on the list ;).

Next week I'm due to have our second child. Though my nesting instincts are still pretty strong, I'm finding a strange urge to reuse as much as possible and minimize buying all that new baby stuff. I just got rid of it... I don't want to go through the process of buying it again anyway! It feels really great. I'm less worried about those runs to BuyBuyBaby and BabiesRUs and more focused on taking lots of great photos and really enjoying our new family.

So what does 2011 promise? Less stuff and more energy and dollars spent on what's really important. Cleaner and more focused workplace and home. Less is truly more. Oprah would be so proud.


Little Eye Designs said...

Great point re: nesting! I am AMAZED at the amount of STUFF that babies 'come with.' Or, rather, friends, family and acquaintances shower on them. At the end of the day, all baby needs is a diaper, something warm and milky to eat and his or her Mom and Dad. Love your simplifying your life - I'm starting the same project in my (very) cluttered attic studio!

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