Too much stuff.

I feel this is one of those posts that might make me come across as a complete ass… if that is the case I apologise in advance but I do feel this is something we are all guilty of, and a conversation with a friend of mine got me thinking I had to share my thoughts on here. I have too much stuff. I don’t know where it has come from, but everywhere I look I seem to have nothing but junk, and it is leaving me with a feeling of being cluttered and overcrowded and I hate it.

I look around my house and all I see is clutter. I open my handbag and it’s filled with a million and one things that I carry with me on a daily basis and I have no idea why I carry them with me, a receipt for a Panasonic 4K TV which I must have picked up in error thinking it was mine because that’s the sort of thing I do. If i see a spare receipt I will pick it up assuming it’s mine and must have fallen out of my pocket and I carry it around for the next month or three! Painkillers, my diary, my purse, tampons, eye drops for mum, perfume, chewing gum, sweets from about 3 weeks ago, a second purse for all the store cards, I kept not using as I couldn’t find them, which now have their own purse but still don’t get used because I forget… it just makes it all feel very cluttered.

It’s the same with my desk, I just seem to have crap all over it. I am envious of other people who neat, clean tidy desks. I just don’t manage it. My car boot, my house, my shed, the garage that I rent… it’s all just full of stuff and I feel like I am drowning under the weight of it. I don’t like it, but at the same time, I don’t feel like I can throw it out.

Those of you who follow me on Twitter (nothing like a subtle plug, am I right?) will know that I have recently discovered the Marie Kondo method of decluttering, look at my drawers, and like others before me, I am converted. In the act of full transparency, I should point out that I am about only 3 weeks into this “new me” but the fact that I am choosing to roll my trousers and put them away in their assigned draw, despite it being midnight and despite me wearing them the next day. I just love the feeling of putting everything into its right place. I am addicted to how easy it is to find things when they are away, and the change has done more than just sorted out my drawers. Now I feel “joy” for everything I own the way I am dressing has changed. I am making more of an effort with my appearance (read – I am doing my hair, rather than sticking it up into a sort of bun all day every day) and I feel better about myself.

However, having decluttered one area of my life has meant I’m finding it harder to deal with the other areas in my life that aren’t cluttered. I have too many toiletries, for years they seem to have been the go-to presents for a number of people and I am useless of using them. I have too much food in my cupboard. If I see something reduce I buy it to use later, only I never seem to reach later. I have an urge to just walk through my house throwing everything out and starting all over again but as I hate waste I can’t bring myself to. So I am trying to use it up. I am really trying to use things I have rather than buy stuff new, but I am just so bad at that. If I go into a shop I find it hard to walk about without buying things – I have spent £60 on groceries in the last 2 weeks and I LIVE ALONE. No idea who I am feeding with all this food, Poppy doesn’t eat that much kale.

I am trying to get into a routine, food planning using things from the cupboards. But I seem to be so busy that I’m struggling to find time to cook anything that isn’t pasta with grated cheese on it and on the evenings I do have time to cook I am heading to my mums. The other day a shop was giving away some free stuff, and despite having no room I took so much home with me. I am planning on re-gifting the stuff throughout the year, but at the moment it means I can’t get into my spare room. Oh, and some of the birthdays I am planning on re-gifting for… happening in JUNE. That’s 6 months with an oversized vase and nowhere for it to live. I am so worried about living outside my budget, that I’m not planning properly as I am finding the whole finance thing just a little bit scary. I did try downloading some of those finance apps that you can get, but I’m so awful at keeping track of my finances and I am unsure how to start I keep putting it off until next month. I tried that say £5 every time you get given one money saving method, and survived 2 weeks before I needed to dip into it for a swim and I haven’t been given £5 since.

I really have an urge to draw a line in the sand and start again. But I don’t know how and because I don’t know how I keep putting it off. S has asked me to go away with him this year and we are potentially looking at having to spend £2000 on flights. I really want to be able to go and to have sensibly saved up for the holiday, rather than bankrupting myself and worrying later, but I don’t know where to start?!



*disclaimer. This is a sponsored post but the complete mess of far too many material possessions is a very real problem of mine.

2 thoughts on “Too much stuff.

  1. kudos on a clever sponsored post 🙂

    So many people I know are trying to simplify their lives. I’m attempting to get rid of food in my cupboards and freezer that have been hanging out way too long.. once I’m comfortable with those I’ll go back to my office and get rid of stuff in there too..

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