In anticipation of my move abroad, I’ve been clearing out items from my bedroom to make the transition out of my parents’ home easier. I don’t plan to move back in with my parents after this two-year contract in Vietnam, so it’s important that my items are few and easy to pack.
I’ve always been a sentimental hoarder, so I’ve hoarded things like old medals, gifts from high school classmates, and other random memorabilia. While clearing my clutter I found strange things like jars of candy that I only kept because they looked cool, letters from old classmates, and feathers I kept from my first pet bird (is that a weird thing to keep? It’s probably weird. I got rid of them anyways).
I came across an article in CNN that saved me from my cluttersome mess: in the article, it described how taking a picture of sentimental objects makes it much easier to resist the urge to hoard and save. People are more likely to feel comfortable giving up sentimental posessions after snapping a photo; so I did just that! I also set myself a time limit; if I don’t touch these clothes/shoes/toiletries/accessories this season, they’re donated! If I don’t think I’ll need it in Vietnam nor that I’ll use them when I get back or that I don’t want to pack them after I move to my new place, they’re gone!
It’s easy in a materialistic/capitalistic society to feel that what you have defines your worth. I definitely feel compelled to have nice clothes just because I get a high out of purchasing things at clearance prices, regardless of whether or not I need them. But at the end of the day, I make sure my lifestyle is within my budget. I hate the idea of living paycheque to paycheque and am fortunate enough to be in a position where I can afford to save a lot.
Huge thanks to my mom and dad for having helped me so much financially during post-secondary school!