How I managed to stop hoarding and became a minimalist.
I’m very happy that you found time to read my post 🙂
I want to share my story with you. From a hoarder to a minimalist.
Yes, I was a hoarder. My shelves were full of books. I had a lot of memorabilia, clothes and accessories.
How did I manage to let go of everything and become a minimalist?
Here’s my story.
If you don’t know what minimalism means, read What minimalism is
Since I was a child I have always been more organised than my peers. I liked order.
But unconsciously I had this rule – Out of sight, out of mind.
On account of this rule the desktop was clean but the drawers were full of stuff. I didn’t know what was in them. I just put everything in the drawers, closed them and my problem was solved. But finding something became almost impossible.
Everything that was deep in the drawers was unused.
I had so many things that I did not remember what I owned. Half of all my stuff was not used.
I wore my favourite clothes, the rest of them were waiting for an occassion which rarely occured.
I used the towels and bedclothes that I liked. The rest was unused.
I had a few face cream containers open, a box of nail polishes which were half used.
I made piles of documents. Old school books, my notes from the university, letters.
There was one pile next to another. Everything that I used was organised but the rest was just lying in the cupboards. The days, months, years passed and nothing changed.
I was procrastinating and saying : ‘I will take care of it some other time’. And ‘some other time’ never came.
Tidying was not the only thing I put off. Also my plans and dreams were delayed.
I didn’t throw anything out because I thought I could use it some day …
I was not able to let go not only of my sentimental items but also the things I was not using. I surrounded myself with stuff I didn’t need. But I still had the feeling that I needed a new bag, a book or a new nail polish.
The amount of stuff was increasing and nothing was thrown out. I had no empty space in my cupboards.
Everything changed when I was going to move from my childhood home to a new one.
I started to pack all of my things. When I was taking everything out of my drawers and shelves I began to feel terrified. I started to see how many things I had hoarded. Where did all the stuff come from?
It was a breakthrough.
When I started taking everything out my room looked like this:
I was taking everything out of my cupboards, shelves and drawers. Then I opened my wardrobe. Endless amount of stuff.
That was the moment. An epiphany.
What did I need all that stuff for?
I made a decision. I had to change something.
I started to throw out everything that was old, broken or that I didn’t use.
I let go of everything that had no value to my life.
Things I didn’t even remember I owned or where I got them.
Too small, worn out, unused clothes.
Gifts and memorabilia.
Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t throw everything out in one go. It is still a process.
This breakthrough took place almost two years ago but I still find things that I need to let go of.
And you know what? I really let them go. Not in ‘some time’ but now.
- When I don’t use something I just let it go.
- If I get a gift that I won’t use, I give it to someone else.
- My sentimental items fit into one small box.
- The only books that I own are the ones which I love and reread.
- I let go of all the rest.
This is the process which lasts till now.
I did not get back to being a hoarder and I never will.
Minimalism gives me a peace of mind. I wish the same to you 🙂
Do you identify yourself with my story?
Did you have or do you still have the same problem?
Maybe you had no idea that you were a hoarder until you read this post 😉
Do you know someone who has the same problem?
Do you think that hoarding is not an issue in your case?
Are you already a minimalist?
Please share 🙂