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My Stuff: Living Conditions

My stuff is everywhere. I’m not really a collector if anything (except maybe stamps, no kidding) yet I have so so so so much stuff! I just spent yesterday afternoon trying to tidy my room and I think I might’ve stressed my joints too much. Ended up with mild inflammation that still hurt like a bitch.

I’m a grown woman in my mid-30s and I’ve just started house hunting. If I can’t even manage the upkeep of a bedroom, I can’t imagine what my future home is going to be like! So 3 weeks ago, I embarked on a shopping ban and also started selling my stuff online. I’ve given away 2 bags in June during a Freecycling event but these other stuff I still really can’t bear to part with them.

I have since thrown away most of my Uni textbooks, from my BA, PGDE and MA. Not sure why I kept so many shitty essays and outdated books but I was quite unwilling to see them dumped. I kept all my Lit novels, some printed readings and the nicer handwritten lecture notes for keepsake. The rest were mercilessly culled. Also threw out a lot of very pretty and unused but definitely expired skincare and cosmetics. I am such an incorrigible hoarder that I only am halfway through!

So anyway, some parts of my room are now clear of clutter. Half my bookshelves are tidy. I have a clean and spacious vanity table -YAY! And there’s actually space next to my bed to yoga again!




Bad news is… My bags and accessories are in a big mess and quite frankly still overflowing despite giving away and selling about 50pcs in the last few weeks. Also, I still have about 2 boxes of winter clothes I haven’t yet looked at AND I have a hanging rack full of another 30-40pcs of regular clothes (that I really still want but have no space for). The aim now is to get rid of the boxes, dismantle the hanging rack and narrow down to 100pc of accessories in the next 8 weeks!



I produced an indie music festival in Singapore for 7years before I moved to the US to be with my indie game dev husband Tom who made Axiom Verge and Axiom Verge 2. We live in Los Angeles, California with our son Alastair (named for Alastair Reynolds) and our dog Goliath (named for his size).

One thought on “My Stuff: Living Conditions

  1. Keep doing it. Do you find yourself having a momentum when it comes to throwing things away?
    It felt so good when I finally got rid of some things — I wonder why I let them take up space in the first place.
    And then, there are times I get sentimental, and that’s when I cannot bring myself to throw anything, so I stop the clean-up phase. The frustration and motivation to clear things comes again after a break.

    Also, don’t worry so much about thinking how you will or will not manage to keep your future home tidy. When it is your home, you will change your attitude about keeping appearances. Maybe 😀

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