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De-cluttering my space

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I’m not sure if I’ve previously mentioned this on the blog before but I am a hoarder. Yes, I am one of those people who will keep everything. You know, just in case.

I’ll keep my loose clothes just in case I put on weight. I’ll keep my tight clothes just in case I lose weight. I’ll keep my Psychology 101 notes just in case I need it while practising as a psych. Because, of course, my clients will someday need to learn about the history of psychology and Freud! 🙄

I think I get this from my parents. {Yes, I know…classic psych — blame the parents for everything!}. My mum kept birthday cards from when my sister and I were a year old. It’s a trend I have continued since leaving home 8 years ago. My parents also kept old video tapes and audio cassettes (remember those??) even when we no longer had a VCR or a music system with a tape deck. Given that I am my parents’ daughter, well, suffice to say I have followed in their footsteps in all these areas despite trying hard not to during my teenage years.

Some months ago, I decided to take stock of things and de-clutter my unit. I started with my clothes and realised I had to be brutal. If there were things I wasn’t wearing, they just had to go. I decided I would like to sell some, chuck others and donate the rest. Then there were music CDs and DVDs that I hadn’t listened to or watched for years. I went through some of my music CDs and realised I had some embarrassing collections. Like the Backstreet Boys or The Veronicas. 😳 I don’t listen to them any more. Honest. And they are leaving my humble abode along with a few other ones from my teenage and early adult phase. There were some other CDs that I no longer listened to as I had them on my MP3 player {and computer and other storage devices} and didn’t really listen to them in the car {I need rock music in the car to pump me up}. I also happened to find my walkman which I had brought with me to Australia 8 years ago. Yes. An actual walkman. For audio cassettes. Which I haven’t used past my first few months here. Finally, there were books. Books that I had read and didn’t particularly like enough to re-read.

After months of working through this bit by bit, I now have separate piles of stuff.

The unwanted and in some cases, broken or torn things have been chucked away in the rubbish. There are clothes waiting in a donation pile. And then there’s the rest of the stuff to sell. I have in the past sold stuff online but wasn’t too happy at having to pay a percentage of my sales. So currently, my stuff for sale including clothes, CDs and books are sitting pretty in my room. Taking up space in a couple of boxes. And I’d love to be able to sell stuff for free. And make a teeny tiny profit. After all, given my recent shopaholicness {that is most definitely a word!}, I think it’d be handy!!!

One thing about de-cluttering your life is that you realise in the process just how much you have changed over time. Whether it’s your dorky choices in music or some appalling book choices you may have made. Or whether it’s seeing a top of yours with the logo saying “Freakin’ hot” and realising you are almost 30 and would look really weird wearing it even though it is in great condition and would still fit.

At the same time, you can’t help but smile and reminisce about the days gone by. Of times when you actually enjoyed Boyzone and their corny dance moves. And when you carried a bulky walkman to listen to music. You realise that times have certainly changed. You now carry one small device that has all of your music in it. Music that no longer contains Boyzone or Backstreet boys but rather, the rocking tunes of The Living End and Birds of Tokyo. The clothes you wore when younger may no longer be appropriate with their slogans. But it reminds you of the rebel you always were. And continue to be. And how you have moved from boring blacks to reds and purples and yellows.

In a funny way, the de-cluttering has shown me just how far I’ve come. And just how much I’ve grown.

Now all I need to do is find a new home for Backstreet Boys and Boyzone and a few other CDs and I can conveniently repress those embarrassing memories of ever liking them! 😉

So tell me dear readers, do you hoard stuff? And what embarrassing collections of music, movies or anything else have you had that you have had to find new homes for?

Do share!!

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Until next time,

Cheers!!!

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    Smita
    February 22, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    I am big hoarder but beed to de clutter before we move to our house coz I don’t want to take kabada so taking cue from u I too will de clutter soon 🙂

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      Psych Babbler
      February 24, 2013 at 5:50 pm

      Oh moving house! That tends to be a good time to de-clutter. I used to do that but have been in the same place over the last 3 and a half years so have managed to collect a lot of stuff!

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    Smita
    February 22, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    I am big hoarder but beed to de clutter before we move to our house coz I don’t want to take kabada so taking cue from u I too will de clutter soon 🙂

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      Psych Babbler
      February 24, 2013 at 5:50 pm

      Oh moving house! That tends to be a good time to de-clutter. I used to do that but have been in the same place over the last 3 and a half years so have managed to collect a lot of stuff!

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    Titaxy
    February 23, 2013 at 2:45 am

    I am hoarder too…especially with clothes. I have to sit and go through my closet to de-clutter sometime soon. 🙂

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      Psych Babbler
      February 24, 2013 at 6:24 pm

      It’s crazy how it can happen, huh? Happy de-cluttering! 🙂

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    Titaxy
    February 23, 2013 at 2:45 am

    I am hoarder too…especially with clothes. I have to sit and go through my closet to de-clutter sometime soon. 🙂

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      Psych Babbler
      February 24, 2013 at 6:24 pm

      It’s crazy how it can happen, huh? Happy de-cluttering! 🙂

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    Avada Kedavra
    February 26, 2013 at 8:24 am

    I did that recently with books.. there were so many books that I did not like and so would never pick up again. I gave all these books to library.. so now I have more space to buy books 😀

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    Avada Kedavra
    February 26, 2013 at 8:24 am

    I did that recently with books.. there were so many books that I did not like and so would never pick up again. I gave all these books to library.. so now I have more space to buy books 😀

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