Spring is here, it’s time to shed

I’ve been slowly ridding myself of unnecessary ‘stuff’ for a few months now, and while it’s sometimes been hard, it’s been a process that has become easier as time goes by. A few years back I wouldn’t have been able to imagine myself letting go of so many things. In fact, I’ve found the process of reducing and streamlining to be so rewarding, that now I struggle to see what the big deal was.

Anyway, I’ve been feeling like I need an extra push and a little extra motivation to stay true to my goal of living life more lightly, so I was happy to stumble upon The Shed Project. The Project starts today, and is an 8 week adventure in letting go – reducing the stuff that’s weighing you down and freeing up space for something wonderful. Perhaps you’d like to let go of something too and join the journey?

The first goal I want to achieve will be reducing my book collection down to just two bookcases – believe me, this will be a challenge. So I’ve cleared space from the shelves so that the sorting can begin. I’m so excited about losing to gain, the next eight weeks are going to be interesting indeed …


  1. Dan

    We’ve got rid of a lot of things (in fact I personally hardly own anything these days). However the house is still full to bursting with stuff we don’t need. Plus there are all sorts of possible life changes in the offing for us, so we need to cut down.

    However it did amuse me that that The Shed thing was encouraging people to get rid of their material goods by buying stuff 🙂

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Dan – It’s awesome that you’ve got rid of a lot of your things … I think it’s really liberating and a way of furthering possibilities in life. I think the trouble with a house is that ‘stuff’ just seems to accumulate to fill any available space (I know that’s been our trouble). Enjoy your future cutting down! 🙂

  2. Gabrielle Bryden

    Good luck – it’s a great idea. Maybe this is why you couldn’t get to sleep 😉 I can get rid of lots of stuff but books are the hardest (along with the kids stuff – they hang on for dear life). You just have to remember that if you live long enough you will probably end up with only 1 suitcase of stuff to take with you to the nursing home.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Gabrielle – Thanks! I hope the shed project will treat me well! 🙂

      Like you, I think I can pretty much get rid of anything … but my books are definitely the hardest thing. However I really feel like I have way too many, so the time has come to pass some on to a new owner.

      1 suitcase of stuff? I struggle to imagine all my worldly possessions ever fitting into one suitcase … but yes, time’s on my side to work towards that!

  3. Caz

    Oh, you are brave Tracey. We have 11 bookcases this size and still seem to have books in piles on the floor beside the bed, on occasional tables and generally underfoot. A clean out would be good but how to convince my other half!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Caz – Mmm it could be bravery or it could be complete lunacy … I’m interested to find out! We have a shocking amount of books in the house too, and it’s got to the stage where I’m not even sure what books I have … the time has come for a major cull!!

      It is a bit tricky when your partner is a book collector too (I’m not even attempting to address my husband’s book collection until I get my own under control … then, watch out!). 😉

  4. Caz

    What terrible spelling I have – sorry!

  5. Rellacafa

    Ooh, I love throwing things out! Or passing them on, even more so. I used to be such a hoarder and unable to part with anything, but once I a friend just sat there saying “Just throw it out” about something until the message finally sank in. I am especially fond of the wardrobe clean out, although thinking about it now, what I really need to do is a makeup clean out… that is a disaster area! Good luck with the books, BY FAR the hardest things to part with (either I know they’re going to a good home, or they’re staying on my shelf ;P) xo

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hiya Caf – Throwing things out is the best!! Or yes, as you more correctly say … passing things on to a new owner to be used and loved is even better – it’s such a great feeling to clear space in your own place, while also providing some benefit to another person. A win-win situation for sure!! 🙂

      Like you, I used to be a hoarder too – but in recent years I seem to find it much easier to just let go of things … it feels wonderful, and feels like genuine evidence that I’m growing as a person and moving beyond the need to be defined by material possessions.

      Oh goodness, a makeup clean-out … I’m long overdue for one of those too – it’s amazing just how much stuff I hang on to (I dread to look in the bathroom cupboard – there’s all sorts of things just waiting for me to throw them out! Thanks for the good luck wishes in moving on my book collection – they are definitely hard to part with, but I think that ‘practice makes perfect’! 🙂

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