As a hoarder, de-cluttering is something I resisted and then discovered as much as I loved hoarding I loved de-cluttering: ‘Unless we used we didn’t need it’ and that was my mantra. Every drawer cupboard, space was turned out and ruthlessly de-cluttered. The hoarder in me can’t bear waste and avoid dumping in landfill at all costs; instead ebay-ed, charity shopped, recycled. I gave a friend, more sociable than me, 10 cups and saucers, her chances of using them seemed more probable. Despite imagining tea parties; I’d never used them.
If you want to donate bras you no longer wear you can in doing so support breast cancer charities and women in Developing Countries. Couldn’t find a home for old tights though.
There are things I’ve struggled with; a collection of pre-Euro European coins, stored in a Paul Masson California Carafe bottle. There’s a similar one on US ebay for $8 at present, should you feel your life is missing an empty wine bottle from the 80’s. Any ideas what to do with the coins? I’ve considered making coin jewellery.
Magazines. I’ve always had magazine obsessions; starting with Jackie in my teens, I would be at the newsagent at 7.30 am on the day it published. I moved on to Company, then Marie-Claire and Living Etc. At one point my attic was a temple to this obsession piles of back copies in date order, stacked high, anything but part with them. I still love glossies; Red, Vogue and Easy Living. I been known to run into GP surgeries dump piles of magazines with the words “Would you like these for the waiting room!” and running before they could say “No”. I have learnt to let go and recycle. I have also collected (this is my nerd side) first issues and last issues. A lot of my first editions are now defunked; Mirabella, Eve, Happy, Honey anyone? I was pondering the fate of these, really I don’t need them but the fact is print media is struggling. Digital Media is the way forward and in a few years who knows. These are worth keeping a legacy of the past and something to browse in future.
The items that make me a bit sad are music related. I have a suitcase full of cassette tapes and a fair-sized vinyl collection, I no longer own anything to play these on, so unlike the magazines they can’t really be appreciated. Why keep them? but what to do with them? Am going to try to sell some of the vinyl, which is strange as I thought I’d never part with records. I suspect soon I will be wondering what to do with CD’s, mine collect dust. They’ve already been replaced by downloads, but it’s not the same, I don’t appreciate the artwork and there are no sleeve notes to read.
Books – absolutely not. They are not going anywhere (maybe just a few).
What does everyone else do, hoard or de-clutter?