Charlie and I returned to our flat after the a busy few months of wedding prep, marriage, and Christmas. For the first time in months, Charlie and I have had some time together to tidy flat. Pretty rock ’n roll don’t you think?

Whilst going through a few bits and bobs we came across a box of DVDs & CDs. Some of which were still in their cellophane wrapper! What were we thinking?  It was time to essentialise our DVDs!

So, I jumped on Twitter and Facebook to ask what other people had done with their collections of DVDs & CDS. Some friends suggested we sell them via eBay, Magpie, or donate to charity. Others were more extreme and that we simply take them to the tip!

We sorted through all of our old DVDs and CDs keeping hold of some classics:

The rest we are going to sell on Magpie.com.

Making decisions

My reasoning for this is simply – time and easiness.

I am a big fan of Tim Ferriss, Tribe of Mentors and one of his go-to questions for any decision that he needs to make is:

“What would this look like if it were easy?”
Tim Ferriss, Tribe of Mentors

I know as problems go a spare box of old DVDs and CDs is not a world changer.  Practising this kind of decision-making process can only help the brain make other bigger, more important decisions more effectively.

Now we have films that we really care about and that we will watch! At least once a year – that’s the rule Charlie! ?

“Keep only those things that speak to your heart. Then take the plunge and discard all the rest. By doing this, you can reset your life and embark on a new lifestyle.”
Marie Kondō, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

Making decisions is so important. Rather than mindlessly going through life in the pursuit of collecting average stuff; go after things that you actually care about and feel right about.

One of my most gifted books is Greg McKeown’s Essentialism where he espouses the concept of making better decisions and rejecting mindlessly going through life collecting stuff.

“If it isn’t a clear yes, then it’s a clear no.”
Greg McKeown, Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

I hope that Charlie and I practising this skill in our little flat will have an impact on lives. We should look to do more things that we love to do!  Rather than just following society’s expectations of us.

Heres to a year full of AWESOME decisions.


James O'Donnell
James O'Donnell

James is on a mission to put the Social back into Social Media!