A Winter’s Spring Cleaning
Sunday 11 February 2018 — Category: Miscellaneous
If you are a regular follower of this blog, you have probably noticed that I have not been posting very many articles for the past few months. There are a number of reasons for this. For the last 30 days the main reason has been a growing obsession to downsize and get rid of stuff I’m not using. It has been astonishing to discover the large number of items I have kept around “just in case.” You would not believe how many books I have donated to the public library for their fundraising, and how many boxes of stuff I have taken to the thrift store.
One goal I have been passionate about pursuing is getting rid of obsolete media and technology. About five years ago I wrote about scanning 2,000 slides. Just last month I dumped them all in the trash. Taking things further, I have made great progress in emptying my house of video and music cassette tapes, vinyl records and even CDs. I have also been getting rid of the outdated machines that play these types of media. More and more I am moving towards nonmaterial electronic media only. I’m not there yet, but I have been making good progress.
Around this same time three years ago I wrote about my spring cleaning fever. In that article I listed eight specific pieces of photographic equipment that I was selling. This year the fervor to get rid of stuff is much stronger, extensive and thorough. Besides all the donations, I am trying to sell a large amount of photographic equipment which I have not used for years, including tripods and other support equipment, a lens, a photo backpack, numerous filters, 2 camera cases, and more.
In addition, I am also trying to sell a fair amount of electronic equipment, like external hard drives, noise-cancelling headphones, a network attached storage server, network routers, a vintage HP calculator, and more. Rather than give a detailed listing of what I am selling, like I did three years ago, I will simply point you to the listings of what I am selling in each marketplace. Click through to my Craigslist listings and my Amazon listings.
Creating listings for all of the items I want to sell is very time-consuming. I have to research how much each item is going for on Craigslist, Amazon and eBay. I need to write a detailed and informative description of each item.
Because I am a photographer and I don’t like to do mediocre work, I have been putting a lot of effort into taking high-quality photos of each item. I have set up a little studio in a spare bedroom, as shown in the photo to the right. I have also been doing quite a bit of image editing in Lightroom and Photoshop so that each photo looks its best.
At first I was quite zealous to get all of my items listed. I was feeling burnt out processing photos and writing articles for this Web site, and I felt I needed a break. A few weeks into the process I realized that taking photos of the products I was selling and writing descriptions of them was almost exactly like the work I was doing for this Web site. This reality, combined with the huge amount of time and effort it was taking to post listings on Craigslist and Amazon, dampened my enthusiasm quite a bit.
Now, a month after starting, I have taken a break from creating listings. This is too bad, because I still have about a dozen items that need a listing. However, since this is a long term project, I need to pace myself and not push things too hard. In order to maintain my emotional energy, I am alternating between working on this Web site and working on the listings. So far I have sold only one item. I expect that I will be selling items for the rest of this year, and perhaps into next year as well.
Not only have I been discarding physical objects, but I have also been clearing out unnecessary files on my hard drives as well as tons of old e-mails that I had been saving for a long time. With each material or nonmaterial item I get rid of I feel a sense of release and satisfaction. Downsizing and reducing clutter is delightful!