I’ve finished my year at uni now and have started The Clear Out.
The Clear Out has been pending for approximately three years, probably longer. It involves going through everything I’ve ever owned and wondering two things: a) where on earth I purchased such a thing and b) why on earth I still have the dreaded thing. I have found items such as receipts from 2014, half a hole punch and even a jacket aged 14-15 (minus the belt it originally came with). I even found a tiny satchel bag with ‘WHATEVER’ printed across it and felt a wave of nostalgia regarding my days as an angsty teen. I’m pretty sure I covered the whole bag in button badges too – goodness me.
I’m sensing a theme here…I can’t throw anything away.
Well that’s definitely changing. I have got to stop keeping things just for the sake of it. I started off keeping tickets and cute memorabilia from events I have attended which was cute. Now I have 7 pastic bags full of birthday cards ranging from Good Luck in Your Exams (FROM GCSEs) to Happy 12th Birthday. I’m going to have to start being ruthless.
Also, whilst we’re on the topic of Spring Cleaning, why does throwing things away always involve trying on every piece of clothing/accessory/hair clip you’ve ever owned? Below, along with my 11-15 oyster card is a photo of me in sunglasses that I loved…why did I feel the need to put them on? There has to be an explanation for it.
I’m a sucker for looking back fondly on EVERY SINGLE DAY OUT I’VE EVER BEEN ON AND IT NEEDS TO STOP. I should just take a cute photo of everything and printing them as the memory and putting it in a photo album or something. Then again that highlights my other hoarding issue.
I currently have 14881 photos and 440 videos on my phone. That has been severely cut down. I delete photos all the time and they just come back and I have no idea why. I mean I do take a considerably high amount of stupid selfies to send to my girlfriend but why on earth do I keep them? I have all of my photos from WhatsApp automatically saved to my phone so if you’ve ever sent me a photo via WhatsApp you can count on me to still have it. I have started clearing them out though, it’s a necessary task now considering I’m losing valuable storage space.
Does anybody have any tips on how to be more ruthless when throwing things away? Or are you just as bad as me?
Love as always,
Abigail (the self-identifying hoarder) x
featured image credit: flickr