Coconut Water Posted July 6, 2014 Share Posted July 6, 2014 (edited) Even though I moved 300+ miles to LA in one car a few years ago, I still have more items than will fit comfortably inside my small studio dwelling this Fall. I have read up on clutter busting, but need extra help because my place will be sub-human size (and because I admit I have issues with "stuff"). My dilemma is compounded by the fact that I am experiencing a minor identity crisis. I am at somewhat of a crossroads to possibly go back into creative work after I complete my Master's in a year. Back in my days of creativity years ago, I used to draw from personal experiences and was always holding onto items that I thought would be useful for this purpose. So then, items were both sentimental *and* functional. And now, I can't decide if I should let the creative inspiration and artifacts go in order to free myself to achieve new creativity. Or, if I just need the opportunity to come to terms and then the solution will present itself naturally. A sampling of "stuff" (items) I am confronting: MEMORIES * Various shapes and forms. I could try to scan and digitize some, but there's something about the actual e.g. photo or document in hand that reminds me of what it once was. BIG DRIVES * Two very large digital storage drives. Ironically, these take up a lot of physical space. They are each as big as at least two large hardcover books put together. I used to work with video (creatively), hence the hugeness. And this is nothing compared to what professional video editors tend to have. Video takes up gobs of space, and then you have to back it up. I used to have a more compact Passport and it stopped working, and I am skeptical about changing up to a small Passport type drive again. MEDICAL RECORDS * It seems anything paper-based is a b*tch to manage. Chances are I won't be joining the military so may not need them anymore. But seems I still should still digitize somehow, and to get rid of the paper, I may have to scan everything which is time consuming not to mention cumbersome. BOOKS * I already donated some books that were just stagnating, but others seem to represent areas of me that need work right now. Hence, I hold onto them as if to resolve the topic instead of throw away the intention. I also have a collectible novel that's thicker than I have room for, but heavy in meaning to me. Am considering seeing if I can ask a relative in the area if she might have extra storage space but A. I rarely see her and feel awkward asking for such a favor B. Just a little insecure about what might happen to my precious artifacts, should they get damaged, then I would have been better off not storing them at all (they could get water damaged, for example) Am probably going to end up snail mailing a few things (at least) to another more close relative, where I know my items will be safe. But I can only afford so much in postage. Ideas? Solutions? Tough love? Edited July 6, 2014 by Coconut Water Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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