You may recall that 2 summers ago I did some serious book culling. I was proud and felt lighter after the process.
After last months trip to the yarn store, my yarn/book room was overflowing with stuff. Good stuff, but still stuff. I decided I'd see if there was any more culling to be done.
As a result I probably donated $400 or more worth of books to the school librarian and three plastic bins (not the biggest but the medium size) to the used book store where I bought most of the books in the first place.
I cleared the shelves of about 5 bags of knitting yarn for the Trick Or Treat exchange at knit night. I also finally parted with several of the Namaste bags that weren't my favorite and took the financial loss as a lesson in how many knitting bags any one person actually needs.
And then I decided. No more new hobbies. No more old hobbies that I don't do anymore.
Knitting and reading are officially my hobbies.
The dried up painting supplies will be thrown away.
I have a fabulously wonderful plan for all of the sewing fabric and notions that I buy every time I see an awesome seamstress on the blogs. Better still, it does not involve me sewing. (in fact won't that master seamstress be surprised when all of her inspiration shows up at her doorstep?- but sometimes we need other people to either use or throw away our stuff for us)
I don't need to go visit that lady at the quilt store who forgot to call me when classes started. I don't need quilting classes.
While I am glad to have the computer programs that play with film editing and video, I don't have the skills, time, computer memory, inspiration, or motivation to really dig into it. Ditto with photo editing.
I can admire a craft, skill, hobby, whatever, without throwing myself into it and imagining that I will become the undiscovered superstar of that medium.
There is still some work to do when it comes to digital information- my new place for reading.
I had another episode of iTunes insomnia that brought all of the early music of The Police back into my life.
It takes a good bit of restraint (sometimes unavailable) to prevent myself from online purchasing every book that I've read a good review about.
While I am finally letting go of a notable amount (for me) of the physical clutter I have, I still have no system for monitoring and managing and preventing the digital clutter. I'm thinking that time will come when it's time.
However small my uncluttering steps are in this lifetime, I am proud. I know people who do not ever have "enough" in spite of everything new they acquire.
And while I am not really a comment whore (I know you're out there reading and for that I'm grateful), I am truly interested in how other people manage "stuff"- both the digital and the physical. If you have time and are so inclined, it would be interesting and helpful to discover other people's secrets of stuff.