Hey guys, soooo I’m just feeling overwhelmed by stuff right now. I live with my parents, so the accumulation of 17 years has been condensed into my bedroom… which is driving me nuts. Just there is SO MUCH random stuff in here… random knick-knacks relatives and friends have given me over the years… I have no idea what to do with it. Especially the knick-knacks and random things of sentimental value. Does anyone else have this problem? Does anyone else have any solutions? I’m trying to do a MAJOR clean-out right now, but I can’t bring myself to get rid of a lot of things… which bothers me. Maybe this is me like needing to "leave the nest" or whatever, I just don’t know where to put these things haha. I’m by no means obsessed with the material things… I’m honestly just trying to get rid of this stuff (I don’t need much… I’d be cool with living out of a backpack or something), but I don’t know what to do with things of sentimental value. This feels like a prime example of america or something–just the way we accumulate random junk and put value on random things. Agh, i’m just bothered because a lot of these things are gifts, which is why I don’t know what to do with them!! This has been a really weird rant, but hopefully you guys will understand my point. I’m just sitting in this middle of this clutter and my brain is going to explode. Input is encouraged and appreciated.
What I did was to take a picture of all sentimental things, uploaded the pictures on the Internet in a private album and then gave all the physical objects as gifts to various people. Whenever you are feeling nostalgic, just take a look at the pictures. However, I have never looked at them because I like living in the present :)
Last thing I gave was a big piece of furniture. The feeling of giving stuff away is awesome and I think I’m becoming addicted :). Just try it.
Call me crazy, but I’d just get rid of them. I just recently packed up all my stuff (I’m moving out) and I got rid of so much stuff you wouldn’t believe. I know many things have sentimental value, but it’s the memory that counts, not the object. I love throwing away things. Sometimes it seems like I am too easy to “throw away” something, or forget someone, or give up on an idea. However, for the most part, letting go is a great thing. If that sentimental value is so dear to you, then you aren’t going to forget it if you threw it away.
I feel that too… But I think that if I get rid of it, I’ll never think of it again.
I just lost access to one of my email addresses, and I’m thinking of all the stuff thats being sent there, that I’ll never be able to see. I guess none of it is that important, because I’m not missing out on anything…
Yeah I think that’s a better way to think of it. You’re not really missing out on it because you’re never recieving it, If it was that important the sender would find a way to get the information to you. Not a big deal. You can’t worry about things that haven’t happened. You could be getting all junk mail so it’d be nbd that you can’t get on it. I’d rather miss out on something then be overwhelmed with too many events/objects/people. It’s easier to buy new things then to live in clutter (more than just objects).
When I left the nest about a year ago I got rid of almost everything and I haven’t regretted it one bit.
I kept my clothes, my computer and my guitars. I left my TV, all my videogames, my furniture, all my toys and tools. Anything that my family wouldn’t have any use for or get any pleasure from I threw in the trash.
Simplicity is good, getting rid of material obsessions is even better.
I could pack my life into one van. The most laborious packing job would be books and they are the one things I’m not inclined to give up. Books/Clothes/computers. Everything else is disposable if somewhat expensive. I am utterly predisposed to living frugally but not for any particular reason, just always liked to live uncluttered and not constantly accumulating. Its a good way to live and I’d suggest every month packing shit up and getting it out of your life unless you passionately enjoy it or it really does hold significant emotional value, but most people don’t have significant value to stuff they just keep it because.