Last weekend Mr. Canuck Buck and I did a task that we’ve been putting off forever – we started going through our stuff in the basement. We have several bookshelves that started off relatively tidy and organized, but slowly started getting disorganized with things just thrown here and there. We took everything off the shelves, and divided it up into piles as follows:
1. Stuff we want to keep – favourite books, movies, etc.
2. Stuff we don’t want to keep, and will try to sell and make a few bucks off.
3. Stuff we don’t want to keep, but someone else may enjoy – we’ll donate.
4. Stuff that is just junk – such as old VCR tapes we recorded stuff, but will never use again.
Going through all this stuff made us realize – we own a lot of DVDs! I think it’s important to take stock every now and then of what you own – it makes you more aware and appreciative, and hopefully will curb the urge to purchase anything new (at least for a bit).
The other thing we did was go through photo albums – labeling, putting things back in where they were originally, and figuring out what we need to make prints of (we haven’t printed anything since 2009!). I’ve been feeling a bit sorry for myself as I don’t think we’ll be taking any big trips this year - but looking through all my old albums made me realize just how much traveling I’ve already done in my life.
So, now everything is tidily organized and looks much nicer. We have some empty shelves we’ll try to *leave* empty, and we now have a nice pile of movies we’d forgotten about that will keep us busy over the summer.
Are you good about going through all the stuff you own every now and then? Does it help you reign in the urge to buy more stuff?