I know it is voyeristic, but I love watching those shows on hoarders. The English do a great line in these TV shows: The Hoarder Next Door, How Clean is Your House, Britain’s Biggest Hoarder, and the US series The Hoarders is sickeningly compelling too.
I always think the same things: “OMG, how could they live like that, with all the junk and rubbish piled up?” And, “Most of that’s just rubbish, why have they kept it?” And variations on that theme: all that dirt!, why don’t they put rubbish in the bin? Etc, etc.
Well, glasshouses, specks in others and motes in mine own eyes and so on….
I had this stand in my bedroom, to hold up the TV.
The TV was an old analogue one. Analogue no longer operates here and the TV is so old there are no plug points to plug in a digital converter. I took the TV to the local council for recycling. (Where it joined hundreds and hundreds of other analogue TVs – hope they are really recycled.)
Anyway, no bones about it, this stand just doesn’t suit my bedroom and is unnecessary. In fact, I might go so far to say that in my house it looks ugly. I haven’t used the drawers in years – well, except to shove things in I didn’t know what to do with.
Now I want the stand out, so time to investigate the contents of the drawers. There were some items of personal significance (like my little poo-bottom teddy you can see in the photo of the stand) but much that was useless.
More lanyards! I think I have decluttered nearly a hundred of these from our home! Dried out craft supplies – who am I kidding, I won’t craft and don’t have time. Old drivers licence (if you look closely you can see a younger me with dark hair). Dried out pens. Dried out liquid paper tape. Old cards. An electronic diary which i never used but Mr Sans bought years before mobiles and iPads thinking it was the bee’s knees. Broken bits and bobs.
Why has it been sitting in drawers in my bedroom? Why have I put off throwing these things away?
Partly there is the keeping of things for your “fantasy self”. My fantasy self does craft. So I keep old cards and craft items to make my own Christmas cards.
Partly there is the belief that some things will be of use in the future. That one purple shoe lace? Why yes, I might use it to tie together things. That lanyard? Well it is perfectly good. The ribbon? For when I wrap presents.
Any partly it is nowhere and no sense of organisation elsewhere in the home to house things. As always there are somethings you want to keep. But if the rest of your cupboards and desks in the house are full of clutter then you have no where to put the things you want to keep. So everything just stays where it is. Unsorted. Building up. Junk on junk. Rubbish on rubbish. Dust on dust.
That is why a slow and steady approach to decluttering helps. As you move out a bit here and there, you open space to organise things in their correct place, like with like, in the room with the best fit for the items’ uses.
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