I will not say I am a hoarder by no means, but I do have some pack-rat tendencies. Getting rid of stuff is hard to do. Whenever there is a sentimental value, letting go of a childhood memory or important item can be a struggle for me. Okay, I will admit, I even have a hard time throwing out ink pens because there may be that slight chance it has one more drop left in it. We all have quirks. This one is mine.
I watch more home and garden shows than I will ever admit to. I am always amazed by the people who are on their quest for tiny living and minimalism. These people who request for the smallest possible livable space makes we wonder how many pairs of shoes they really have because if we were going based on my collection, I would need a little more room. Economically, I think they are onto something, but I just do not know how they do it.
By the end of the summer, I will be stepping out and trying my hand at apartment life. I am still living in my childhood home with my parents and have twenty-two years’ worth of things in the nooks and crannies. Between moving out and needing to go through all of that, I realize the clutter is part of a mind game. It is easier to live with less stuff to be able to spend less time being a slave to housework and more time in my studies and having a little fun on the side.
A conscious effort has been put forth on my part to evaluate the need and use of stuff. Do I need to keep certain clothes just because I wore them one time to a certain event? Do I need to keep stacks and stacks of partially used notebooks? Can I live without this? Will I ever use that? Or my favorite, when did I even buy those?
In my transition between tidying up the room I grew up in and moving into an apartment, I am trying to adopt a tiny living approach. There are only so many places to put things in two closets when I am used to four. Having clutter all around can be a hindrance on thinking clearly and productivity. Clean living and clear thinking go hand-in-hand and let us be real for a second, I am going to need all of the brain power I can get in grad school. So, if I expect to live uncluttered in all areas of life, it starts with freeing up space.
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