Here comes another moving post. I wish I could write about something else, but it’s consuming my life right now and I can’t even try to think about anything else.
Through the moving process, I’ve had to decide what to pack and what to throw away. I have always prided myself on the fact that I’m not a hoarder, but in my effort to become more of a minimalist I’ve started to wonder which side of the fence I really fall on.
For example, I called my girlfriend Tag and told her that I was going to get rid of the porcelain panda bear and Budda that we got on our first vacation together in Reno. We ordered some stupidly expensive drinks and they came in these little figurine cups. The hoarder in me decided to keep the cups and fly all the way back to Dallas with them. Then I put them in a cabinet and forgot about them for a year or so.
I realized that these things were just taking up space, so I called Tag and asked her if she wanted them. I then proceeded take a verbal beating for being so insensitive about our first trip together. Tip to the guys out there; if you’re not sentimental, sometimes it pays to pretend.
Here is a list of things I’ve thrown away in the move, followed by a list of things that I’ve decided to keep. Hoarder, Minimalist, both or neither; I’ll let you decide.
Things I Threw Away (Minimalist Tendencies)
- Porcelain Panda Bear and Budda (see above)
- Goggles from my swimming career (most of them so worn they are unusable)
- A DVD player (I have a PS3 and only watch beautiful HD Blu Rays)
- Lots of CDs (I made digital copies of everything years ago. Why did I keep the CDs this long?)
- Guitar Hero Guitars (I used to be THE GUITAR HERO, I don’t even have an XBOX 360 anymore. I should have done this a long time ago)
- A DVD Rack (Just sold all my DVDs to Amazon. It’s all about the streaming baby!)
- Swimming Awards from college (I have swimming stories; I don’t need physical proof of what happened)
- Glee Stickers (A gag gift from my aunt last Christmas. I actually kinda wanted to keep them)
- Cologne from an ex girlfriend (I never wear cologne, and I broke up with this girl five years ago. I have no freaking idea why I’ve kept it this long. Hoarder tendency?)
Things I’m Keeping (Hoarder Tendencies)
- Boxing Gloves (I don’t box anymore, but might pick it up again for fitness one day)
- Wrestling Shoes (Bought them for my one amateur boxing match. Maybe a part of me really wants to get back in the ring)
- Track Shoes (I wrote a song about why these are so stupid, but I still keep them. What am I thinking?)
- Frisbee Golf Discs (Haven’t played this stupid game in years, and don’t really intend to play in the future)
- Rhino Ramps (I have a leased car and do all the maintenance at the dealer now. Why do I need ramps to get under a car. I should sell these)
- A sleeping bag (The last time I went camping was girl scout camp. Yes, you read that right. Girl scout camp. Long story)
After typing this up, I’ve come to a realization. I’m a minimalist when it comes to sentiment. I don’t need things to remind me of interesting times and places in my past; my memory does the job just fine.
However, I’m a hoarder when it comes to useful items. If there’s a chance I’m going to use something again, I tend to keep it. Except in rare circumstances, like when I stupidly threw away a router last year and now don’t have one to connect to the internet at my new apartment.
What about you readers? Are you a minimalist or a hoarder, or are you like me and exhibit characteristics of both?