I’ve always being known as someone who’s random in thoughts and actions. My friends even call me the “Queen of Contradiction”. So I’m not even trying to explain why minimalism because it contradicts with who I am, or was; a big time hoarder! However, long story short, I thought life is short so why waste my space, time and money on things that I don’t need? I should just clear up the mess and live a simple life. Should I be called back to my Creator tomorrow, I need not leave behind all the trash for others.
Also, I think that we’re all too attached to earthly things. People get really upset when their stuff gets damaged. I cried for like 15 minutes when I found out my books at the bottom shelf was growing fungi and there was no way of saving them. Screw you fungi! Grow somewhere else!
So, you see, we get emotional over things that are just…things. I started to find it illogical for someone to cry over damaged books. It doesn’t make sense at all! That’s why I thought it’s time for me to keep my life more organized and simple by clearing up things that I don’t have any needs for anymore. And I really want to share with you guys my journey of becoming a minimalist (If I’m ever successful!)
I started with the little things I have in my drawers, on my table, and lying around on the floor. It was awful because I could manage only one bag of stuff. That was hardly a one percent from my stuff that are over a decade. Yeah, I seriously can’t explain why I would keep something I haven’t been using for the last ten years.
Each time I dug up something that I know I should trash it, there was this little voice inside me that says, “This might come in handy.” It’s not! I know because years ago, this bloody voice said the same thing.
I realize I need someone to “whip” me because it’s no help at all having two hoarders living with me; one is that little awful person in me and another is my roommate. The best channel to reach out is always Facebook. So, I typed, “Any minimalist out there?” I got a really quick response from Flo, stating Jen.
You know Jen gotta be good if Flo can just blurt out her name within seconds my post popped up. You know, it’s like someone asks, “Who’s the most attractive person in this room?” And someone else shouts, “Jackie” Oh, thank you so much. There are other attractive people but yes, thank you for mentioning me first.
Here are some tips I’ve gotten from both Jen and Flo:
1. If you have not use it for 1-5 years, chances are you don’t need it anymore.
2. Take pictures of the items that are in good conditions and post it up in Facebook just in case others might want it. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure yeah? I’ve never recycle things to give it away as gifts. I just give it away to someone who needs it. But it’s really a good idea. Maybe I can wrap them up nicely and give it to orphanages.
3. Electronic stuff that are not working anymore. Trash it.
4. Books are to be recycled.
5. As for furniture that is still in good condition, donate it to charity.
That’s pretty much it. Simple advice. Then, we went on to discuss and laugh about the funny, weird and sentimental items I found. Here are some of them:
One of my chickas bought me this when she went on holidays in Indonesia or Thailand. I can’t remember the exact destination.
I can’t remember when, where or from whom I’ve gotten this tiny little lantern.
I turned down to go for a company trip to Hong Kong back then. I usually need a compelling reason to travel or I would rather not. My colleagues got me this mint candy box and they had their face sticker in the box. Real sweet!
This is a condom on ice-cream stick someone got me for my birthday. I just can’t recall who was it. Anyone wants to own up?
For some weird reason, I thought it would be cool to keep the broken “fake” arrow I broke with my neck when I attended T. Harv Eker’s Millionaire Mindset Intensive preview course. They got us write down the one thing we want to conquer on the “fake” arrow and got us to place the tip on the softest spot on our neck and push forward to break it. Real simple exercise and not as scary as anyone thought. It’s easier to break than a chopstick. Anyway, this definitely belongs to the trash. I’m not going to be liberated or have any magical power keeping this.