What If’s

What if I need it after I throw it out?

What if I find the match?

What if someone I know needs it?

What if I forget what it meant to me?

Any of that sound familiar? Yeah, does to me as well. These are the questions I find end up leading to clutter. Just because you have something that may be useful does not inherently make it useful. Having stacks of magazines and books does not inherently mean you will find the time to read every one of them. Lately, I’ve been working to clear out either what I’ve already read, or, what I’ve had sitting around for long periods of time waiting to read. At some point I have to be honest about whether I’ll get around to reading a magazine from 2011. Having stacks of clothes does not inherently mean I will wear them. I only have one body. I have been getting a lot better about letting go of clothes that I do not wear, whether they’re new or not, whether I like them or not. If I don’t wear them, why keep them.

Sure, there are times when I keep things around in case I need them. My wife likes to give me grief about my ‘box of wires’. I actually use them though. Sure, they aren’t the nicest thing to keep around, but as our son gets older and more involved in the Hacker/Maker movement, they continue to be used. This has answered the ‘what if’ question for that small collection.

Over time I expect to be able to change my attitude towards what if’s. I expect to fix my attachment to keeping things around ‘just in case’. Maybe even so much that I’ll ask myself ‘what if I keep this, will it just add clutter?’

Written 25-Nov-2013; still working to minimize ‘things’ in my life


For quite some time now, I have been getting more and more interested in minimalism. Do a quick search on the web, or any of your favorite social media channels, and you will easily find someone talking about it.

I’ve struggled for the majority of my life with being somewhat of a pack-rat. Collecting things, keeping stacks of things ‘just in case’, not looking at them for weeks or months at a time.

I expect trying to change that behavior is going to be one of the most difficult things I’ve done.

I doubt I’ll ever truly ‘qualify’ as a ‘minimalist’, who knows. But I do plan to make significant changes towards it. With that goal in mind I have started this new site and plan to use it to document my journey. A friend recently asked, if I am trying to minimize things, why start a new site? Great question. I see it as more of a commitment. My other main site has currently turned into more of a personal/family site. You’re welcome to keep up with me there as well (freedain.com | life as practice). I also keep a training log, which assists my commitment to exercise and weight training (strength.freedain.com).

I know this change will take time, and I’ll fail often. I also know I will learn things along the way.

Written 24-Nov-2013; still working to minimize ‘things’ in my life

Update: I’m considering ‘minimizing’ the site I started. The friend I mentioned in this post had a good point. I’m starting to think I have too many locations to post across the web, minimizing them would be a good idea, and well, I truly enjoy the platform Medium.com offers.