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A reader asked about all the paper I'm shredding. She wondered how I decided what to shred and what to keep. I have two tests:
A) If we had one day to get out of the house forever, what papers would we definitely want to take with us? Those are keepers.
B) If the house burned down, what papers could we likely replace? Those are shredders.
Test B is based on my best guess, but I know people who have been in the Test B situation in real life, and they've told me that erring on the side of shredding doesn't hurt.
For The Minimalist Game, I am getting rid of:
- Stack of paper maps (15)
- One stapler and staple puller. (2)
- One 3-hole punch. (1)
- Three yards of gingham. (1)
- Five yards of plaid. (1)
- Three MORE torn bed sheets.* (3)
- Ten pads of sticky notes. (10)
- Three packages of specialty printer paper. (3)
- Huge pile of markers. (34)
- One pair of summer Mary Janes. (2)
- A Nintendo Wii that doesn’t work anymore. (We were going to “get it fixed”, which is code for “put it under the table until we don’t feel guilty about getting rid of it.”) (4)
- A booklet on how to do portraits. (1)
- A small stack of construction paper. (1)
- A cute plastic caddy. (1)
- MORE paper in the shredded. (X)
- Campaign yard signs. (9)
- Campaign yard sign holders. (9)
- A plant mister. (1)
- A yoga outfit. (2)
|Yoga outfit, art booklet, Wii and cables, plant mister, shoes, caddy.|
|Plaid fabric, gingham fabric, markers, sticky notes, hole punch, stapler, staple puller, maps.|
Hmmmmm....I forgot to put the printer paper and the construction paper in this picture.
|Campaign signs and holders. Yeah, we backed a lot of candidates this year.|
|Torn sheets. Ok, technically that thing in the middle is a bed skirt. You know what I mean.|
|This is a 96-gallon recycling bin issued by Metro Nashville Public Works to all homes in the Urban Services District...|
|...which I have flled halfway full with shredded papers so far this month.|
RUNNING TOTAL: 171
...of which today there were 100 discrete pieces, plus half a recycling bin full of shredded paper. To date I have removed more than 806 individual items from my home.
*Why do I have so many torn sheets? Because for several years I gardened year round, and I used the old sheets to protect my crops from the cold. I'm not gardening in the winter anymore, except in pots inside, so I don't need the old sheets anymore. I haven't decided how I feel about that yet.