Sunday, July 24, 2011

the art of being a pack rat

Confession time: I am a pack rat. I keep everything. I might need it! I might want it for something! I KNOW I can make SOMETHING out of it. I have lived out of two or three houses for almost my entire life, and I have filled three bedrooms easily.

That ends tomorrow.

Next week, I move into my new apartment, and I start, once again, populating a new place for a year. This time, it is different. This time, I will have enough room for me in my room, and not just my stuff.

If, like me, you need to clean out your stuff and slim down your possessions,  here's how I'm going to do it:

I'm gonna start by going through drawers and getting rid of clothes that I don't wear. Once those are out of the way, I'll start on some boxes, the stuff I haven't unpacked in 8 weeks. Now, it's my stuff, I'm not getting rid of it all- truth be told, it'll be tough to get rid of a lot of it. But I'm going to do it. My goal is to get down a "one box" rule. So I'll have ONE box of desk contents, ONE box of room decor, ONE box of bathroom stuff, et cetera. The trick will be to have appropriate sized boxes.

And what about crossover items? Like, do I get one box of bathroom linens, one of bedroom linens and one of living room linens?

I vote yes.
Or is that the pack rat in me getting the upper hand?


  1. I am a pack rat too! I have so many things, and I don't even dare try getting rid of them! Evrytime I try, I end up watching old photos and thinking about all the memories I have with all that stuff. In a few years when i permanently move out of my parents house, I will deal with it... Right now i just put it all in a closet, and hope it will disappear by itself ^^

  2. we can do it! GET RID OF STUFF!!