I’ve got too much stuff. Not in an “I’m rich, look at me and all the great stuff I’ve got” kind of way, but in an “I’ve bought far too much crap and now it’s overwhelming me, I’ve got too much clutter and it’s taking up too much space, and leaving no room for the things that are really important in my life” kind of way.
In short, I need to declutter my physical living space in order to declutter my life in general. I’m disorganised and untidy, and I need to correct that by changing my way of thinking. I associate emotional ties with stuff, even though it’s shite. I need to just bin a load of stuff – sure, it cost me money once, but the price I paid for it in the first place doesn’t make it worth hanging on to if it’s just lying in a draw, cupboard or a pile on the floor, hardly seen, and never loved or used.
Now, I’m not some weird hermit who lives in a house piled floor to ceiling with crap – yet. However, I suspect those poor deluded sods must have started somewhere, and their failure to do it led them to their own miserable fate. I’ve started more than once, then got disallusioned as the mountain seemed to big to climb, and any space I made was soon filled up again, with more crap.
This leads me to the conclusion that I need a complete change of mindset; stopping buying stuff I don’t really need would be a start, and stop impulse buying. I’ve been told of the ’30-day rule’; anything you like the look of and think “hey! I’ll buy that!”, DON’T. put it on a list with the date, and check the list regularly. After an item has been on the list for thirty days, decide if you still want it – the chances are, you won’t. This shouldn’t apply to your day to day essentials, obviously – there’s no need to put bog roll on the list; there seems to be little doubt you still be wanting that after thiry days…
Stuff to do:
Get rid of more books – I’ve got far too many, many of which I’ll never read again. Those I do want to read again, I can always get them on Kindle (or many of them, at least…). Charity shops and eBay, as appropriate.
Sort my clothes out. I’m not an example of sartorial elegance, and never will be, but I own so many clothes I don’t wear, and I’ve run out of space. Time to get rid, again to charity shops if in good condition, to the textile recycling at the local tip if not.
Bin my model motorbikes. I have no idea why I collected them in the first place. It was one of those magazine partworks, and each issue came with a model motorbike. They are all sitting in a bloody draw now. Why, I wonder. They’re not even great models. Off to the tip with them!
Get shot of old playstation 2 games. I reckon I can get rid of these via Music magpie. They don’t pay as much as selling everything individually on eBay perhaps, but it’ll make a big dent in one hit. Best get rid, they’re not doing me any good sitting in a box!
These are just a few examples. The mountain is big, but is neither unclimbable or immovable. I’ll get to the top yet, wait and see.
The worst thing about all of this is, and I’m being quite serious here, that I feel I’m not materialistic in any way. So why the hanging on to stuff? Perhaps it’s because when I was growing up, as a family, we didn’t have much, so we hung on to it. Yes, it’s still a shame to waste that money by chucking stuff out, and it’s not great for the environment to create so much waste, but once I’ve got this under control, then by buying and consuming less, I’ll pay that back tenfold!