Three Decluttering Goals

One of my main goals for 2018 is to declutter my apartment. I aim to do that partly by looking for things to give away, and partly by not buying things in the first place. Here are three things I need to focus on.

1. Books

This picture should be self-explanatory:

When I first moved to London, one of the first things I did was go downtown and sign up at the main library. I’ve always been a big reader. I mentioned this to a co-worker, and he told me about a used bookstore downtown. So every weekend, I’d go to the library and then check out the used bookstore. I’d arrive home with 3-4 library books, and at least a couple of used books. I had to read the library books first because they were due back in three weeks, so the other books got put aside. Then I discovered another used bookstore downtown. With one of those twenty-five cent bins out front. Those things are deadly. A couple of months later, I discovered a thrift shop nearby. Books are $3 apiece, and the fifth book is free. So I kept buying more books, and putting them aside because I kept going to the library. But the good news is that I’ve finally gotten bored with the library, so it’s time to tackle my to-read pile at home. After I’ve read a book, I’ll most likely give it away. I’ll only hang on to my absolute favourite books.

2. Candles

Whenever I donate a bag of stuff to the local thrift shop, I usually go inside. I try hard not to buy things that will only create more clutter. So in order to keep myself out of the book section, I distract myself with the candle section. Candles will eventually get used up and they come in handy when there’s a power outage. I learned that a couple of months ago when I got home from work and the lights were out. I’ll be sure to keep a couple of candles to use if that happens again, but otherwise I will not buy any more candles until most of the ones in this picture are gone.

3. Writing Instruments

I’m not sure how I ended up with so many coloured pencils, gel pens, highlighters and regular pens. I will definitely not be buying any more until most of these are gone! I may donate the highlighters because I can’t see myself ever needing them. I’ll have to find a college student to give them to. (See what a good frugal person I am? I re-used drink containers and ice cream cartons, haha).

So these are three areas that I will try to work on this year. If I remember, I will post before/after pictures at the end of the year to compare! Now I just need to find time to read all those books…