Spent the last few days cleaning my apartment and rearranging for when the new carpet is getting installed. My landlady talked about painting the walls of my apartment while they were at it. So my apartment is going to be getting some much needed updating pretty soon. I may have to be out of my apartment for a few days while the work is going on. But I’m glad that this is going to get done finally. I’ve been in the same apartment for ten years without any major updates. This job is going much easier ever since I became a minimalist.
I cleaned up some files on my computer while I was cleaning my apartment. I got rid of a bunch of my e-clutter and free e-books I was never going to read. So many books but so little time. I had to update some programs on my iPod. So I now have some free space on it and am listening to more music now. Music has traditionally been therapeutic for me. But I had gotten out of the habit of listening during the last couple years. I no longer have any music CDs as it is all on e-files now. I haven’t bought even e-file music for almost a year. For the most part anymore when I want to listen to music I use free services like Pandora or You Tube. It still amazes me how much cool stuff can be found online as long as you are willing to look. I don’t even have DVDs anymore. I get all my movie viewing on Netflix and Amazon. Anymore I have adopted the attitude of let the computer hold my “stuff.” I have grown to hate clutter as much as I hate cleaning. And I can reduce clutter by reducing how many things I actually own. With the exception of my two couches, my dresser, my bookshelf, and my bed, everything I own I can get into my four door sedan within a couple hours. I am definitely not a hoarder. With a one bedroom apartment I can’t afford to be.
Not having visual clutter in my apartment does a great deal for reliving stress. I usually don’t have to clean very often simply because I don’t have much to clutter my place. It’s great feeling.