Baseball Cards, Collectibles, and the "F"-its

In the face of the rental market from hell, going tiny is looking more and more appealing.  We received a 26% increase last year and are facing a similar increase this November. 

To wit, I've been going through boxes of old "stuff" from my childhood in preparation for downsizing.  Nothing is safe.  Nothing is sacred. 

Most of it is stuff that's been in boxes for 25+ years.  Collectible holiday Barbies (Save them! They'll be worth something! Not!), baseball cards from the years fondly referred to as the "Junk Wax" era, horse figurines from a time before I had a real horse, plaques and awards. 

I preach not having stuff.  But still it persists, 10 66qt boxes of it. So I'm right there with you.  When there are things in your possession that aren't bringing you joy, it's overwhelming. Weekends spent carting bins from my "garage" in my family's shed to my living room. Evenings sorting the "stuff". Mornings before work running bags to Goodwill. 

Sorting through a past of consumption sucks, but the piles do go down.  The "F-its" kick in and the desire to keep the stuff fades.  F-it.  Out it goes. One drawer, one bin, one collection at a time. 

Don't think of it as one big project, break it down into little mini-projects.  Sort through one drawer or container of utensils at a time, not the whole kitchen.  Sort one shelf on your bookcase, not all of your books. 

Remember why you're doing this.  For me, it's about not allowing the amount of stuff I have dictate the amount of living space I need.  I'd rather be nimble and able to move to a smaller apartment when our rent goes up.  What's you're reason?

Less stuff...

...more life

...more time 

...more money

...more sanity?

          Why? Why do I still have this stuff?

          Why? Why do I still have this stuff?

Herb Gardens

Fresh herbs. 

Have you experienced these?  

The quickest way to add a bit of zip and zing to your salads, roast chickens and whatever else you fancy.  Herbs are super easy to grow inside.  

I don't have much of a backyard, thanks to apartment living, so I've brought my herb garden in.  All the herbs were courtesy of Trader Joe's and most were organic.  The organic ones were only about $3 each.  That's what you'd pay for a pack of snipped organic herbs, but these keep on giving.

The key is to have a bit of sunlight and not water too much.  That being said, I still manage to kill basil within 2 weeks.  Indoors.  Outdoors.  It doesn't matter.  If you can keep it alive for a month or longer, let me know your secret.  

Regardless of the hassle, the benefits are numerous.  Slice and dice them on your salads, meats and snacks.   And let me know your favorites!