Minimalist: Fall Cleaning

Fall CleaningIt’s that time again. Most people do spring cleaning and for them, that’s good enough. Not for me though.

Over the last year I’ve been on a few trips, sold or gave away almost all of my possessions, and lived a minimalist lifestyle for quite some time. However I’ve come to learn a thing or two.

  • It is totally feasible to live a very simple life with very few things to clutter up your life.
  • Depending on your hobbies and where you live, it can be very tough to be an extreme minimalist

Those two points are why I’ve come to the conclusion that you need to find balance. Some place between having a garage packed to the ceiling and having nothing but the clothes on your back. This place is a nice mixture of things for you hobbies; for me this is a decent computer, a bicycle, and maybe a few firearms. I also live in a colder environment in a city that has very poor public transportation. This requires me to have some mode of getting around when we have 3 feet of snow an 15F temperatures.  Having a vehicle also affords me the luxury of heading into the woods with my bicycle and going for a ride.

A vehicle you say?! That’s poppycock! You’re a minimalist!

C’mon now, it’s not like I’m cruising around in a Mercedes. I drive an early ‘90s Jeep. It’s simple, pretty reliable, does well in the snow, and even looks pretty cool if you ask me.

As for my computer, it’s a modest desktop that’s able to handle RAW photos and some video editing. Currently it’s in a decent sized case and even though I probably could upgrade to a laptop, I don’t want to spend that kind of money. The netbook I have now works great for when I’m not at home.

Getting back to the cleaning topic and why I need to do some spring cleaning in the fall. Since coming back from Japan and finding myself a job that I enjoy, I’ve started buying things. Not much, but just something here and there. I realized not too long ago that I was breaking a rule that I had set for myself.

Don’t buy something new without getting rid of something old.

Recently I’ve picked up a few new clothing items and a new gadget or two. I’ve also picked up the rest of my stuff that has been in storage and is waiting for me to go through it.

The picture below is the first set of things to go to the Goodwill. There is an old computer (hard drive removed for security) and a bag of clothes that includes things like pants, shirts, a hat, and even a pair of shoes. I don’t wear these items anymore and some just don’t fit right. It’s hard finding a shirt that doesn’t look like a belly shirt. I guess that’s what I get for being 6’5”.

VagabondGuide Donation Items

The second picture below is other various items I pulled out of storage. Most of this stuff will be dropped off at an outdoor consignment shop.

VagabondGuide Donation Items

If you’re interested to know, I have…

  • 1 Pair of skis
  • 1 Pair ski boots
  • 1 Set ski poles
  • 2 Motorcycle helmets
  • 1 Set bicycle peddles

Hopefully I can snag a few extra dollars out of these items since the winter season is coming up very quickly around here.

My new goal is to make a conscious effort to keep a constant tab on my stuff. When I buy something new, sell or give away something else. I’d also like to make a quarterly cleaning and make it a point to find something to get rid of that I don’t use.  As usual, the stuff I sell will go into a travel fund that will eventually grow into something to take another epic adventure.


**Side Note**

On a side note, I’m looking to get into shooting more video and all that goes along with it. Shooting, editing, FX, sound, etc. If you or someone you know is looking for an editor let me know! I’m also looking for people to hang out with in the Central Oregon area whom are also into shooting video. There is a saying about hanging out people who know stuff…or something.

Anyway…you get the point. 

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