I wrote in my post Having Enough that I would need to find the passion for downsizing before I would be ready to do so. I’ve finally reached that point as I’m losing interest in some of my other passions and gaining interest in living with only as much as I need.
I’ve done some precursory sorting of items, which has influenced further downsizing. It’s shown me that I have far too much unnecessary stuff and there’s no way I’ll need a great deal of the things I have.
The first (and easiest) thing to get rid of will be all the paper materials. I have lots of old notes, envelopes, and loose papers that either serve no purpose or could be converted into document files. Once that conversion is done, I’ll shred said paper materials. Shredding is something I enjoy doing because it’s a very tangible representation of removing extraneous things.
I’ve also researched some places online that seem to be good sources for getting rid of media: Decluttr for CDs, DVDs, and more recent games and BookScouter for books. Decluttr is especially useful, because I overbought some of the CDs made for Concatenation releases, and I can sell them roughly at cost. In a pinch, I can give things away to a thrift store of my choosing.
I plan on downsizing even beyond that, but I’ve got to take things one step at a time, or else I’ll get overwhelmed and put off downsizing even more than I already have. Paper first, then media, then who knows.
I’m not getting any younger and I’d like to not worry about excess as I grow older.