Both Frank and I cycle pretty much everywhere and I carry my trusty waterproof rucksack from The North Face. It’s massive and I can always find no end of things to carry around in it, and it’s because of this it has become my declutter nemesis.
How do I accumulate so much stuff in there? At the moment I have:
· An extremely large folder with a new work project
· A notepad for work
· My moleskin for work
· An old magazine
· 6 pens (3 of which are exactly the same?!)
· 4 random pieces of paper with ‘to-do’ and ‘remember’ notes written on them
· A credit card I thought I’d lost (oops)
· A bike lock
· A bike cable
· A gym pass
· 2 moisturisers
· Mini pot of coconut oil (my beauty saviour)
· A deodorant
· Cycling glasses
· Front light for my bike
· Bike pump
· Multi-tool for my bike
· Spare inner tube
· Cycling jacket
And that’s before I factor in the food I bring in for lunch every day and the spare set of clothes I have to bring to change into!
So you can see that when I say we’re aspiring minimalists, I really mean it. We’re not there yet.
The fact that I’m still lugging around so much stuff just on my daily commute shows there is a lot more work to do in stripping back.
First, I think I need to group all my bike tools and paraphernalia into a little ziplock back to make sure all the bits and pieces aren’t floating around in my bag.
But the real challenge will be getting rid of the forest-worth of paper that I carry around ‘just in case’ I need it for work.