I’m making tangible progress on my attempts to simplify and downsize my life. This is happening at home and at the office. Check out what I’m doing. Maybe it will inspire you?
Before you get skeptical about what happened to the paper, I will tell you that all of it was either trashed or scanned for desktop access, then trashed. Not one shred of paper was placed in a file cabinet. I no longer use physical file cabinets.
This is very liberating for me. First, there is no paper clutter surrounding me to keep track of. More important, with every essential document now stored in our office network, I can access all of it from any computer that has an internet connection. This allows me to do all of my work – except those rare in person meetings – from any location and at any time of my choosing. I’ve actually been doing that for a while but with Friday’s final cleanup, I was certain nothing was overlooked. Now I have plenty of room for a third desktop monitor which I will probably use.
At home, my wife and I have adopted a more formal strategy for getting rid of our excess stuff. We have placed a box in a prominent location outside of our bedroom. We have each pledged to place one surplus item in that box each day, to be either thrown out or given away. Moreover, if one of us brings something new into the house that is not a consumable, then we must place two items in the box.
So far this is working quite well. The obvious position of the box is a constant reminder of our commitment and of our progress. I like it and hope it continues. I expect that a slow and steady system for stuff downsizing will be less traumatic than trying to do it all at once at moving time in the future.
What are you doing to downsize and simplify your boomer life?