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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 Not sure why I kept so many shitty essays and outdated books but I was quite unwilling to see them dumped.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).

8 thoughts on “My Stuff: Living Conditions

  1. Good luck, you’re definitely on the right track! I’ve just moved to a smaller apartment and going through a similar process myself. I got rid of quite a lot of stuff and already feel much lighter and happier.

  2. Chloe, I’m loving the tidy parts of your house! I say, take it one day at a time. Clearing clutter can be extremely overwhelming and one must take breaks or else develop a giant migraine! I still haven’t unpacked and have been back for a few days now. Every day I pass by the suitcases and announce, tomorrow. ha! 🙂

  3. Lol omgosh you really do have alot of stuff. The only way I can stop myself from not getting more handbags, accessories and shoes is by being forced to stay in a small room. You’re on the right track, goodluck!

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