The Day of the Shredder

iStock_000012858648SmallSo I had a very productive Saturday yesterday. I was able to finish up the task of scanning all documents in my file cabinet that are important and shredding them along with shredding all documents that were no longer important. Based on the size of the pile compared to a 500 sheet ream of paper I estimate that I shredded well over 6000 documents. It took all day as the shredder would stop working when it got too hot and I would have to wait 15 minutes to start shredding again. This included all tax documents that were over 7 years old. All documents that I am taking went into file boxes broken down into file folders with each set of documents individually labelled. I now have 2 of four file drawers empty. The other two have tax documents that will go into a file boxes the same way and rest are things like awards and office supplies that will be packed. When all is done I will sell the file cabinet for the same price I purchased it of $20.00. It will be another item for our anticipated weekend long yard sale.

So the next item on my agenda is tools. I have a large tool box on wheels filled with tools in which I actually only use several. I have a smaller tool box in which I intend to move just those tools that I do use into while keeping all of the others in the larger one. I will give the larger tool box with all of the extra tools to my son Joey who is a fishing guide and frequently uses many tools and can use the tool box for tools that he already has. If he decides that he doesn’t want it it will be yet another item for the yard sale. This will be a win, win for me as it will be less stuff I will have to pack and move to Florida and in the grand scheme of things take up less space.

Moving is such an excellent way to practice minimalism as it really makes you think about what is truly important to you. Moving things costs both money and effort and the worst thing is when you arrive at your new place and go through everything you packed and ask the question… “Why did I bring this and where am I going to put it”?

So just two tasks this weekend and that is enough to feel that I am pushing forward in my efforts to make this move. And this is all it takes to pursue a life of minimalism. You don’t have to go crazy and become overly possessive of clearing out everything as quickly as possible. Just small efforts of just one area of our homes allows us to be truly mindful of the things that we fill them with. As you go through things those questions arise… “Where did this come from? Where and when did I purchase it? Why did I purchase it? Is it something I really needed at the time?” With these things in mind it creates a new pattern of thinking when we are making future purchases. “Is this item I am purchasing going to bring me as much joy 5 years from now as it is bringing me right now? And, does it serve a useful purpose in my life?”


My blood sugar is a little higher today and although I ate well all day I fasted in the morning. I am noticing a patter as when I eat a larger breakfast early in the morning I am getting lower glucose numbers the next morning. My legs are a little sore today, probably from bending over that shredder all day yesterday and I have decided to not push it today with working out on the treadmill.

Blood Sugar- 104, Weight- 179.2

About SimpleLivingOver50

At 53 years old I am starting to realize how life changes both physically and emotionally. I strive for a life of simplicity. I am winning the battle with type II diabetes, created a plan to have all debt paid off in 4 years including the house, taking advantage of every opportunity to live life to it's fullest through adventures in nature, hiking, biking, loving and learning.
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2 Responses to The Day of the Shredder

  1. New Journey says:

    One step closer…..

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