Linking Up and Breaking Up.
A great thing about blogging is OTHER bloggers. I LOVE linkups, and was happy that over the past couple of weeks, by expanding my personal blog reading horizons, I’ve been introduced to some fun new places to interact with other bloggers!
Today, I’m linking up with Amanda at Running with Spoons for…
How to breakup with your stuff.
For those of you who don’t know, I got married back in November. My husband, Luke, is Scottish. So, right now, I am in the process of packing up my life to move to Glasgow to live with him. When I say “pack up my life” I literally mean, sift through the remains of all my days. I have come to terms with the fact that I am somewhat of a hoarder. NOT like a hoarder who hasn’t found their bed in a decade, but in the sense that I keep a whole lot of things I needn’t be keepin’!
After losing my father to cancer in 2011, I started to realize just how crazy “things” are. I mean, not to be morbid, but staring at all of my dad’s belongings really made me think, “why do we need all this crap?” Sure, some things make you happy (for a while) or enhance your health, but honestly, I’d say (purely speaking for myself right now) that 95% of what I’ve been holding on to for the last decade or so, has got to go, like, right quick.
I know there are a lot of tips and tricks out there for sifting through your years (or decades, in my case) old crap. However, my situation is that I am leaving the country and most of my belongings have been lingering at my family home for decades. I know, it’s terrible, but whatevs, I’m dealing with it. You may not be moving to another continent or even leaving your current place of residence, but if you’re looking to make some space and declutter your life, here’s my tips for success. Since you know, I’m finally successful at getting rid of s***.
- If you haven’t used it in 18 months, toss it. Also, if you cannot see a use for this in the coming 12 months, toss it.
- If it’s from an ex, you should have burned that item the minute they burned you. Laugh, rip, burn. Repeat. Actually, just get a shredder, no permit required.
- I know they say, “some things never go out of style” — yeah, some things really do. If the only time your clothing item in question could be given any sort of love is for a casting call for a movie made 2-3 decades before today’s date, toss it. Of course, there are exceptions…
- “It’s of sentimental value.” “My grandma gave me that for my sixth birthday.” Okay, believe me, my house is practically flammable at the moment packed with these types of items. What are you to do when faced with this dilemma? I was a super nerd, and hit up google to see what professional organizers suggest you should do with items like these. Check it out.
So, as you can imagine, I’ve been having a deranged photo shoot and texting my childhood friends all kinds of cray items. I think that doing this is SUCH a good idea.
I haven’t limited my digitization of goods to just toys and clothes, no, I have been burning old CDs and DVDs to my spare hard drive as well (I totally need my Cardigans tunes!) I also realize that, I’m probably the only person in the free world who has not burned my CDs and DVDs to an external drive. I feel like such a winner, because I have finally joined the audio/visual club!