Sometimes, decluttering feels like cleaning. I hate cleaning. I usually end up cleaning when I’m trying to procrastinate on another project. Frequently, it’s done in the middle of the night, which is cool now because I live in a house and can vacuum at 3 a.m. without bothering the people downstairs. I may have said before that it’s a slow process but I did make a little headway the last couple weeks.
I got rid of books.
Yes, you read that correctly. I finally signed up for an Audible account and loaded up a wish list full of nonfiction books that I had physical copies of here in the house. Once the list was made and I started listening to the first book, I loaded up the physical copies and took them to my local library’s bookshop. They were very happy when I lugged the box of books in and even took them all the way to the back of the shop where they process new donations. This is what I do with almost all books that I get rid of. I do have a few ARCs and the library can’t sell those. So, if you’re looking for a copy of Spinster by Kate Bolick, I have an ARC that needs a new home and I’m willing to ship it. Contact me on any of my socials or email me and I”ll send it to you.
My other big decluttering success just happened late last week. I found the counter on my kitchen island. I, unfortunately, have a kitchen right in the middle of my house and there is an island that divides it from the dining area and living room. I guess it’s more of a great room. Anyway, it’s the perfect place to walk into the house, especially via the back door, and drop stuff. It gets cluttered way too often. But, I found it Friday afternoon. I also got rid of a very large crock pot that I had zero use for. I mean, I can use a crock pot, it’s just that I don’t need a 7-quart crock pot for just me. I did replace it with a smaller one, sorta. I got a 4-quart multi cooker. It takes up half the space on the shelf and it does way more things than the crock pot. I like appliances that do multiple things. Unless it’s a toaster. Then, I just want it to toast.
Next up, digital stuff. I got an email from Apple the other day about an account that isn’t really mine. I’m still paying for my mom’s iCloud storage. Time to go through all her photos and music and get rid of stuff that isn’t needed, merge it with my account, if possible, or just let it go. And, of course, shut down the account. Kinda makes me have sad, but it’s well past time for doing it. You’ll see rants about it on Twitter, I’m sure.