Fillyjonk mentions hoarding. I’m a little bit fascinated by those shows too. I’ve only watched a couple of times because I assume it’s something that my husband wouldn’t be interested in and when he’s not around I always have other things that I’d rather do than watch TV. I think my reaction to those shows is a little odd. It seems to me that I should think, “OMG, I’m nowhere near that bad,” and just relax and not worry about my very minor pack-rat habit. But instead it makes me start thinking about getting rid of stuff.
I am aware of everything I have. “I forgot all about that silly thing” surprises are rare for me, though they do happen. It’s fairly easy for me to think about all the stuff I have and plan to get rid of some things. Some of it seems like it’s from another lifetime. But when I start going through stuff, seeing and touching all my “treasures,” it’s much harder to let go. And there are many things that I have gotten rid of that I want back now. The people who say, “You’ll never miss it,” are wrong! I do miss it.
Clothes are sort of an issue. Sometimes I feel like I have too many but at the same time I need more. And I really do mean literally “need” not just psychologically “need”. Pants, for example – I don’t have all the colors of pants that I need to go with the tops I have. I have given away almost all the stuff that doesn’t fit anymore. There are more things that I rarely wear but I can’t get rid of them because I really might need them. I rarely need to get “dressed up” but occasions do come along once every few years so I need to keep a few dressy things. (And I really love some of those clothes and wish I had more dress up occasions.)
I was thinking about sweatshirts yesterday and thought, I can get rid of some of those. So I went and looked at them and I don’t have very many; they’re just bulky and take up a lot of space. I still like all the ones I have and I did wear them all last year, just not as much as I had in previous years. The weather changes so frequently here we need lots of different kinds of clothes.
So, what all this boils down to is that I want to de-clutter but I still need all my stuff and I need more stuff. What I really need is a bigger closet. Not huge – only about 10′X12′ with lots of shelves and a hanging rod on one side should be adequate. Oh… and another one for the husband’s stuff.