Random Tuesday #18 (Simplicity)


I spent part of my weekend going through my books and deciding what to keep and what to give to charity. I managed to cull four bags and my shelves are already looking/feeling lighter. Why keep books that I don't have plans to re-read and if I want to, I can simply borrow them from the library.  I am trying to buy less books and so far this year have only bought a few, almost every book I read comes from the library - they can store my "library" for me!!

I also went through my linen cupboard and toss out a pile of old sheets, towels and pillow cases that I haven't used in years (since the children were teenagers) and have no plans to use again. Once again, why keep if I am not going to use them. How many towels and sheets do a couple of two really need?!

Haven't got to the end of my clean-out, but on the road to simplicity!! I wouldn't fit into one of those tiny homes just yet, but trying to reduce "stuff" that is collecting dust and not being used. 


Do you have trouble tossing things out?


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  1. I've been working on it and it feels pretty good I have to say. When there is less clutter, it helps your soul breathe. I'm with you on the tiny home. I would have a lot more to get rid of to fit in there! Have a great week. Diane

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    1. Couldn't agree more. I took some bags to the charity bin this afternoon and I really did feel so much better :) On Saturday I am taking the books to another charity who will sell them and make money for youth suffering depression. All in a good cause. You also have a lovely week:)

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  2. There isn't much I can realistically get rid of, but as the children get older, the pile of stuff to get rid of will grow. Actually, I have just remembered, there is a huge pile of little girls' clothes that are ready for a new owner now! Yah!!!! Less clothes in the Princess' wardrobe!!! =)
    If only the library would keep the books at the library instead of getting rid of them when they are deemed "too old"! Oh well, I guess there are always more books...
    love,
    Bets

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    1. How often to you read the same book (excluding Christian literature) - at present I rarely ever read the same book twice as I have such a huge pile of "to-reads" that I don't have time to revisit read books!! My library is pretty good when it comes to books and yet to find one disappear on me (however CDs certainly do). I do accumulate during the year and find the need to do a cull, mine aren't always large, but regular.

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  3. I too am in the process of having a good sort out with the intention of doing a few car boot sales and sending some to charity shops.

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    1. Doesn't it feel good to free yourself of all these things!!!

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  4. I do find it hard to get rid of things - too many experiences of getting rid of things and then regretting it. However, I do try to get rid of rubbish and not hoard it! There's enough good things to keep without keeping rubbish as well!!! ;) Books are one thing I just can't get rid of at this stage in my life - I have growing children who will read things over and over, so all those books are or will get a lot of use yet! :) But I do like simplifying things and sometimes just organising things or finding a way to store things properly can feel really good because it reduces "piles" of things hanging around the house...

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    1. Perhaps as the children grow into adulthood and have their own homes you will move some of your books to them which is what i did. I also gave some of the children's books to other families with children (the ones mine didn't want) and I knew they would be much loved and continue to be used.

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  5. I discovered recently that our library either doesn't replace books that aren't returned, or just gets rid of them if they have decided they are not current enough. In the past, I used to check out various Gladys Taber books every year or so. The last time I was in the mood to read Gladys Taber they no longer had them at any of our library branches. Very careful consideration will be needed if I decide to get rid of any of our books.

    When the weather here gets too hot to be outside, I plan staying in and clearing out all of the old clothes that I have kept for no good reason.

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    1. I haven't experienced that problem with our library. I do buy books that I think I will use a lot (i.e. in my blog as research) or want to revisit - I think they are the valuable ones and are unlikely to sit and collect dust. They are also the ones I am more likely to lend to other ladies who will also find them useful. Our library network is very good and I rarely have trouble finding what I want, I am always very impressed with the service I get.

      Have a wonderful weekend:)

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