March 6, 2017

Category
  • Minimalism

I own a lot of movies. Last night I cataloged all the DVDs in the entertainment center in hopes of clearing them out and preparing to replace the old unit with a smaller, more space-efficient one. And hopefully to make a few dollars off the collection of dust-collecting cases that filled it. I came away with 126 titles, and that’s counting box sets as one item. It also doesn’t include Laura’s movies, Blu-Rays, and discs without cases, of which we somehow have a few. If they don’t sell on CraigsList or any of the other apps I downloaded to sell stuff, then I’ll ship them off to Decluttr.com for somewhere in the order of $25. I should add my CDs to the list, too.

As much as holding the CD in my hands brings back nostalgic memories, when was the last time I really did that? Holding on to them for backup purposes is also silly as all that music is available online in some form or another. Media is a prime example of what should shift from consumer ownership to consumer access. We don’t need boxes of CDs, movies and books cluttering our homes. All that information is available upon request from libraries and online sources. When Laura and I want to watch a movie, we ask Netflix, Hulu, or Xfinity. I can’t remember the last time we browsed through the DVD collection.

I’ve gotten rid of some other things as well, and in so doing have maintained my cash flow. My goal of going through March without depending on my credit card for everyday purchases is still intact. I’ve used the credit card for a few things, but only things where I can’t use cash, like online orders. OK, one exception was keeping a tab open at a brewery, but that’s it.

It’s become really exciting to search through the house to find old and unused things to sell or donate. Everything that doesn’t sell and goes to Arc or Goodwill I’m itemizing for tax purposes. There’s a lot of it. We should have a pretty large tax deduction for 2017.

Overall, it feels good to start clearing out the junk.