SOS: I’m a hoarder.

Hi pals!

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

14 thoughts on “SOS: I’m a hoarder.

  1. Hi Abi! Oh it’s definitely not easy, but oh so necessary! Look it at this way, it’s like ripping off a bandage! And once it’s done, you’ll feel better, good as new, relieved… I’ve had to throw out a lot of things over the years… Always a bit sad to say goodbye to another chapter of my life, but that is how a new one opens, which is pretty exciting. I have a few rules, things of immense sentimental value, keep, in a box, one box, so if it gets too full you need to chuck some things out. If you haven’t worn it in 3 years, throw it out. Always give away to charity rather than put in the bin, also helps you feel better. Hope that helps! All the best.
    XO Miss Portmanteau


  2. I think you are going to have to be ruthless and just do it. Have a massive big clear out and set a time scale as soon as you have done it take it all to the dump or charity shop so you are not tempted to fish it out again.After you have done it give your self a treat.

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  3. I used to be like that when I was a teenagers. When I was 24 years old I left home to Dubai and lived there for a year with only 3 bags of luggage with me. This made me understand that you don’t need so much stuff to be happy. Everything material stuff can be replaced, but not the memories. Sometimes it’s good to take a photo of a materialistic thing and keep the memory as a photo instead of the actual thing. 🙂 Try that!

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  4. You are not a hoarder, you just keep what most us keep. IThere are some things that are too sentimental to let go and I have a lot of that but I am not a hoarder lol.
    I give away old clothes and throw away really old ones and other items I just throw away. You should watch that show on TLC called Hoarding-Buried Alive for really good tips on throwing away stuff.

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  5. I had a massive clear out lately and it was fabulous. Makes you realise what you actually own 🙂 my moto is if I haven’t worn it in 6 months it goes x

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