My adventure to less

People (myself included) sometimes joke that I am a hoarder.  I have a lot of stuff.

Clothes, books, trinkets, gifts, games, toys, collectibles, crafts, office supplies, etc… I have a serious problem with sentimental attachment to items, and I am a sufferer of “Just In Case” Syndrome.  I can’t throw away that shoelace, what if I need to make an emergency tourniquet with it?  I can’t get rid of that fluffy pen, what if I lose every other pen I own?  Pay stubs from undergrad work study? Might need those.  Every single membership/loyalty card to every single store? Think of the savings I’d miss. I’ll lose that weight. I’ll wear that next fall. I will definitely get around to reading that book. Those books. Half my books.

This week, I am moving into my first apartment.  And I really don’t want to move all this stuff with me.  It’s 500 square feet!  I can’t FIT all of my stuff in there without it honestly looking like an episode of Hoarders.

So I started reading up on minimalism, and was inspired by the Miss Minimalist blog.  I decided to purge my personal inventory of the things I didn’t need.  It’s been an interesting few days since I decided to do so.

This blog will chronicle my adventure to less.

4 thoughts on “My adventure to less

  1. Karen Bradsell says:

    I am a borderline hoarder. I started cleaning out my closet in March. I finally quit working on it in June. Maybe I will sart again in the fall . I am also the Mom-storage for 3 children. Which is a whole topic all by itself.

  2. Willow Parkinson says:

    I’m so excited that your blog is current aka taking place in “real time”. I discovered minimalism about a month ago and spend some time each week searching the net for inspiration and ideas. I am more of a practical minimalist than an extreme one. I probably will not number my things, in fact I’ve considered if it is “legal” to do your count on each room in your living space rather than a grand total. Lol. I read of an elderly woman whom when she died all her belongings fit into the trunk of a car. I think this is wonderful. She left the earth ready to travel on rather than tied here with her property. I hope that isn’t too morose. Wishing you the best!

    • Caitlin says:

      Not too morose! Thank you for your comments – I am glad you’re enjoying the real-time-ness of the blog. I am only a month into this and I’m having a lot of fun. I don’t think I will count my belongings either, though I do enjoy reading about other minimalist’s “100 things,” etc.

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