I took this photo in early 2003. I was staying in a hostel in Sydney, part of a round-the-world trip, and these were my room-mate’s toiletries. I never saw him/her (venus razor in blue, right guard deodorant… gender unidentifiable) in the two nights I stayed.
But this little collection of the bare essentials really impressed me.
I’ve been decluttering for around 10 years now. In fact, the photo above probably marks the point for me where I actually realised I wanted a much simpler life (it was such a major moment for me that I actually took a photo of someone’s toiletry bag).
I come from a hoarding family, so keeping things “just in case” has always been a big problem.
It’s taken 10 years, but now I live with a collection of items which are all useful, instead of like this:
My problem is… I still think there’s too much of it.
I’ve been reading Tammy Strobel’s new book, which talks about how she gave away everything to live in a tiny house.
And I think I’m ready to take the next steps.
My possessions at the moment fall into the following:
- Clothing, shoes and bags
- Exercise gear and equipment
- More books
- Electronics and gadgets, including cameras, computers, mobile, ipod, etc.
- A collection of sentimental things
- Some ornamental bits and bobs
- Joint household equipment (from hoover and ironing board to cutlery, DIY and gardening tools)
- A large filling cabinet of household filing
- Computer games
- Everything children-related (this is actually a massive amount of stuff, as many mums will agree)
I don’t really own much in the way of obsolete-hobby equipment (I gave it all away after having kids and realising all hobbies would have to wait at least a decade). All my music is digital. I’m not a collector of “things” (like owls, or mini houses, or stamps).
But it’s still too much.
I crave simplicity.
So I think I’m going to take the next step. I’m going to pare down my things beyond what we have already done.
So that I can free up time and emotional energy.