Art of Decluttering: Photograph it then Purge

woman in white long sleeved top
Photo by Daria Shevtsova on

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!

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