When I’m knee-deep in writing, my only focus is on completing the next thought. I’m not thinking about the weather outside, the clutter inside, exercise, or anything else. Until I get into that writing flow, any distraction can impair my progress, so I’ve found it best to write somewhere with a refrained amount of external information. Currently, I’m writing in front of my “downsizing wall.” I would write facing outside, but this chair isn’t ideal…
My first big essay in weeks is in the editing bay.
Over the past two weeks, my focus has entirely been on packing and moving. Between 6 truckloads and maybe 12 carloads, over 10 grueling days with one day “off,” I moved everything I wanted to keep, and the days since calling the move done have been cacophonously overloaded with sensory information. I couldn’t focus on anything substantial until writing “How To Downsize” yesterday evening. My mind is still cluttered with distractions, but I was able to finish an overdue essay that will appear in larger publications, so I consider it a success for now.
I still have plenty to do, but at least I have a writing station again.
It took me a few days to even get internet set up in this apartment mansion, wading through boxes of clutter, let alone find somewhere conducive to writing. Over the next few weeks, I will be focusing on downsizing as much superfluous stuff as I can. I’ll start with the things that don’t have any significant resale value, maybe setting the bar at under $10, which, for the time and effort spent trying to learn how to “part ways” with the item, learn selling and negotiation techniques, and figuring out overall values, just isn’t worth the time for me as opposed to donating the items.
This should clear up the area for me to bring in the last bits from storage.
From there, I’ll focus on learning the aforementioned concepts that will be useful for me going forward in selling and possibly buying-to-resell. Learning business tactics is less of a priority for me than catching up on my writing for nonprofits and other entities I’m working with currently, but it will be an important skill for me to develop in tandem, considering that we negotiate daily. I’ve negotiated my expertise in writing and downsizing to convince you to read this essay, with the exchange being that I can provide you with information to help you downsize responsibly. I could just throw everything in a dumpster and call it a day.
That’s not responsible, ecologically or financially.
If I can become a person that can donate items to people or organizations in need or sell items to interested parties, then I can learn to sell these essays in e/books to readers, which is substantially more interesting for me and more rewarding for you. These board games, these soap bottles, and much of this other stuff, out of frame, aren’t valuable.
Conveying my experiences of learning to downsize responsibly is valuable.
|Sources: My personal experiences.|
|Inspirations: Giving myself an easy essay because I have a busy day left ahead of me. For writing practices and warm-ups, I reread through relevant emails, reached out to people related to the essay, and then just began by rereading the essay. That second draft edit, after quite a bit of mental and physical time away from the material, was helpful to get me back in and working on the remainder of the content. I didn’t mention this in the essay, but this chair, though nice, leans to one side, but I’ll try to continue using it for writing, at least until I can bury the red chair out from under the clutter, but even then, it’s more of a chat-with-guests chair than a writing chair, so this chair could be it.|
|Related: Other Downsizing Zeal essays.|
Above: Photograph behind the chair with my WordPress instance open.
Below: Quick photo, seated in my writing chair, of the red chair buried under clutter.
|Written On: March 15th [30 minutes]|
|Last Edited: First draft; final draft for the Internet.|