Confessions of a Minimalist Hoarder

Way before JR joined the FS, he told me that if we were going to be moving every few years, we would need to “live a minimalist lifestyle” and downsize our belongings.  I didn’t understand why he was directing that at me when he is clearly the one who has trouble letting go of things (see the awful brass tables he refused to part with that are now collecting dust in storage) but as each pack-out comes and goes it’s clear we both have some issues.

Not this bad:

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but not great either.

As we prepared for our very first pack-out from Columbus, we were able to sell, donate, and throw away a decent amount of clothing, movies, and odds and ends we just didn’t use anymore.  I drew a hard line at keeping these movies.  I don’t care that they are VHS and we don’t own a VCR.  I don’t care that you can probably get them on Netflix.

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In case you can’t read the label, the 4th one is my homemade copy of the final episodes of 90210, recorded in 2000.  I’m realizing it may be time to say goodbye, but I’m just not there yet.  Don’t judge me.

Our life right now is consumed with pre-move planning.  This is our third pack-out, and I really, really, really want to do it better this time.  In an effort to be more efficient and organized, I made a list of the items we need to go through in each room, and we’ve been tackling that list for the last several weekends.  I’m quite proud of how much we’ve been able to get through, and I feel better knowing we’re doing it now instead of waiting a few weeks prior to our actual pack-out date.  But again, it’s clear we have problems when it comes to hoarding or refusing to let go of certain items, regardless of logic.  A few examples:

I assume many women can relate to keeping a pile of skinny jeans in their closet.   The size on my smallest pair is laughable to 32-year-old-post-baby me, but no way in hell I’m getting rid of them.  Because you just never know!

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Turns out I’m also something of a deodorant hoarder. I really had no idea!  One of my fears is being somewhere with no deodorant so I’m always buying it anytime I see it on sale, or  when I place a new Amazon order, I end up mindlessly adding it to my cart.  Always better to be prepared, right?

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I have a love/hate relationship with this exercise book JR refuses to throw away.  A former client gave it to him and he says he might use it “some day” for exercises.  A part of me thinks it’s funny and the other wants to tear my hair out looking at it on our bookshelf.  I’ve tried to convince him that he can surely find those same exercises on that new  invention we call the internet, but he won’t listen.   The best part is that I thought including this in my blog would publicly shame him into throwing it away.  I asked if we could finally toss it and he replied “But the thing is, the book has some really great exercises!”

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Last weekend, I went through my boxes of pictures and mementos.   I was able to throw away a few things (and I had a good laugh – WHY was I keeping the empty jewelry box from the first pair of earrings JR gave me?  Why did I keep a mint from our Carnival Cruise in 2007?)  I could not, however, part with this shirt.  My memory tells me that my mom bought this for me when she went to Bon Jovi’s Slippery When Wet concert in 1987 and left me home to miss out on the all the fun.  Back then this shirt fit me like a nightgown.   Now, I couldn’t tell you the last time it fit me in any capacity, but that’s irrelvant.  I’ll treasure it always.  🙂

Here’s a picture of my Mom (wearing the shirt) and I, circa 1987-1988, and a picture of the shirt now (with a bonus Abby picture, to give you an idea of the size).

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As you might imagine, the minimalist lifestyle is a work in progress.  But how can I get rid of a classic like a Bon Jovi Slippery When Wet official tour shirt??

Maybe for our next pack-out.

One thought on “Confessions of a Minimalist Hoarder

  1. Just so you know, I kept my 1985 high school band shirt from our DisneyWorld ‘tour’ – obviously not as cool as BonJovi, but still retro – never rewore it myself, but it looks great on my daughter and she loves wearing it! I say KEEP IT!

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