One Day

Day 22 out of 30 – The Minimalism Game

Items Discarded:

1 x Gaming Graphics card packaging box (empty), 1 x Final Portfolio from my last year of study with box, 1 x pair of folio gloves, 2 x display cardboard boxes, 1 x box full of mini cork bottles (approx. 20), 1 x box full of old PC cables, cords & software, 2 x plastic display ball things, 2 x Edison style lightbulbs, 1 x box of lollies, 1 x pair of broken grey sandals (I’d been meaning to fix), 15 x print cardboard boxes of various sizes.
The Why…

Most of these discarded possessions are old business packaging and materials that I thought I would use “One day” in the future. Very subtly different from the “Just In Case” principle – I might need this if X, Y and Z happens. “One Day” – I plan on using these One Day in the future at some point, I just don’t know when.

“Just in Case” comes from a place of fear, a place of emergency. “I’d better keep my CDs incase Spotify spontaneously combusts and I don’t have music ever again!”

“One Day” comes from a place of anxiety, a place of nervousness of the future. “I might need my ski gear incase I go skiing again! (Even though it has been 3 years!)”

However, even though subtly different, both phrases give us an out. A reason, an excuse to break our rules for the exception to said rule. But really, do we ever create just one exception to the rule?

Personally, I’ve found people tend to be one of these excuses. They are stuck in the past of “just in case”, or worrying about the future of “One day”.

With Minimalism and life, I tend to be a “One Day” girl. Will I find a career I’m passionate about “One day”? “One Day” will I travel the world and be adventurous, not fearful? I’ll need to keep these diaries for my future kids “One Day?”

This challenge has helped identify to me what anxieties I am still downloading into all of my possessions. Everyday when I am picking up and re-evaluating what each item means (or doesn’t mean) to me, I am confronted by these emotions and insecurities I had long hidden and forgotten. Everyday I am having a hard and sometimes very long internal conversation with myself about why I am holding on to these things. Now, looking back over the last few weeks, most of these items had a “One Day” reason behind keeping them.

Not that I’m going to be perfect from now on just because I’m more aware of my “One Day” self-sabotage patterns. I’m very positive I’ll find some great future worry to put into my possessions that prevents me from letting them go. The difference is that now I am aware of the problem. Now that I am aware – I can break the cycle!

 

Total Number of Items Discarded to date: 367

Waste for Waste’s sake

Day 21 out of 30 – The Minimalism Game

Items Discarded:

1 x power-plug hard drive, 1 x portable Polaroid Printer, 3 x packs of print paper refills for Polaroid Printer, 3 x plastic lens caps, 3 x ND Filters, 2 x Flash Triggers, 2 x camera chargers, 1 x Mini Camera Bag, 1 x Insert (plus fillings) for a Camera Bag, 1 x USB Charger, 1 x sensor blower, 1 x Mini tripod adaptor, 2 x coloured flash covers, 1 x mini Flash stand
The Why…

 

Say Hello to old camera gear! Going through my camera draw today I was not surprised that even though I am only a part-time almost hobbyist photographer, I hadn’t used any of this gear in over a year. Most of it came from when I was studying my Advanced Diploma of Photography in a three-year course.  I am surprised however by how much un-recyclable waste all this tech generates! Completely gobsmacked, appalled, sad, angry, frustrated – the whole packaged deal.

Over 50% is non-biodegradable. Not just you throw it away into landfill and it sits there eventually rotting, but you have to go to a Battery or Electronics store and they professionally remove the toxic chemicals from the electronics then store them offsite or it pollutes the ground, gets into our food, water and oceans and basically poisons everything it touches.

It’s just sad, so terribly sad. One our race’s biggest problems in unrenewable and wasteful resources yet, hardly anyone I know even thinks about how to responsibly dispose of their electronics. But the new iPhone is coming out – better tweet about it then chuck this old phone in the bin.

I consider myself a pretty green and eco-conscious human, but I was devastated when I actually sat down and looked at my possessions that I have a huge amount of work to do. I am not as Planet Earth friendly as I thought, in fact, I’m not. I regards to technology and gadgets, I am just as 21st Century, tech hungry and consumerist as the rest of the first world population. Maybe only about 10% better because I do try and dispose of my tech waste as best I can and don’t jump at the newest electronic accessory. Not giving myself more than 10% though.

So, a harsh reality today. But I tend to work well under absolutes and bracing truths. Now it is time to create some standards and harsh rules about my technological consumptions. I’ll become greener just like this challenge. One day at a time.

Total Number of Items Discarded to date: 312