I'm in the midst of a HUGE declutter right now. DH and I purchased a 31 foot vintage Airstream and are fixing it up and living it in for the summer. As a school teacher, this is the plan - to live seasonally and be camp hosts and/or travel during the summers. LOVE IT!
So, all our stuff had to fit in a) the camper or b) a 12x6x8 storage unit. And OMG it was so freeing! What a declutter! Probably 40% of our stuff - gone, and we don't need it! I feel so great! I can look at a pile of stuff and say, yes, this is what I need, and nothing more. So liberating.
So here's my plan that I kind of want feedback on (also my major purge that I just did - it was hard and I think I deserve a metaphorical high-five or something).
I love books. We all do. But I am DONE hauling around books I've already read, or plan to read in the next five years. I'm not really in the area of a fantastic library system, so it's not a feasible assumption to say that I can get whatever I want to read there.
Sooo... I'm buying an iPad. Sounds like the devil, right? (l love macs, though, so please don't flame too bad). But, I can read books, and not have them lying around collecting dust. Also I can stream movies from wherever, eliminating the need for a dvd collection (already don't have a tv, so decluttering that is not an issue, but we do have some movies we like to watch on occasion, maybe like 10 or so). And I can begin to store things on an external server (via the "cloud," or google, which is what I've been using) meaning I don't have a lot of jump drives, cd backups, etc, floating around. And pictures, storing them electronically, what a relief!
So, has anyone done a major techo-purge? organizing your files and also using technology to reduce the amount of "stuff" you hold on to? I just keep thinking, there's something I'm not thinking of...