My mantra became “Am I willing to carry this to the next moving truck?”
Hi, my name is Pollyanna and I am a disposaholic.
Since I was in my 20’s I’ve moved house roughly every 18-24 months and I reached a state of mind where if I was considering buying a new item I would stop and think “Am I Willing To Carry This To The Next Moving Truck Again?” and “Have I Got Spare Money To Buy This?”. If the answer was yes, I bought the item but most frequently the answer was no, this is not something that I feel passionately needs to be in my life, it is identified prior to purchase as clutter or a financial burden and has no place in the Whyte House.
I prefer to have very few possessions. The fewer the better. It’s a little bit trauma based but I pretend it is a lifestyle choice! I prefer to have exactly what I need and be able to lay my hands upon it. I am not a minimalist and like a home to be cozy but everything needs to be useful.
I like to know that everything I own is paid for, that there are no repayments due this month or for 60 months at a reasonable APR. We don’t have fancy things, my car is 7 years old but new to me and I have a £60 per month payment interest free which is doing my head in because it is the only non-bill bill our house is carrying.
At present I have two sock drawers and that is distracting me from peace of mind, two is too many. Sock drawers are having an effect on my peace of mind! That is ridiculous.
I prefer to have very little artwork on the wall because it clutters my thoughts but I really love seeing what other people do to beautify their home.
This weekend I gathered all my gumption and tackled something over which I have a little phobia – paperwork.
I gathered all the post and paperwork from around the house, and was able to dispose of a bin bag of empty envelopes and circulars. It’s only been 2-3 months since the last time I undertook the same activity.
It had felt like no matter where I turned my head there was Post and paperwork which needed my attention, there was no brain-break from bills because they had been in every line of sight. But no more. At least not for a few weeks anyway.
I have some rebates to claim and I have managed to prove that I cancelled a rolling contract in May but the charge was still coming out of my account in October for a portable Wi-Fi hub from EE, how cheeky! But the service provider was great about it and a refund will be in my account within a week.
I found cheques! I didn’t realise they had been sent to me for previous overpayments – they were sitting in unopened envelopes which had looked like more bills.
I gathered together pieces of correspondence I need to keep but don’t want to see again. I put them in a series of A4 envelopes without windows so that I don’t have to see those letter headed pages from solicitors again but they are to hand should the need arise at a later date.
There were so many other bits that are now in their rightful place that I can’t even begin to adequately convey the peace of mind and lightening of responsibilities this activity has blessed me with.
We all have coping strategies, mine is to blitz clutter and paperwork and to keep an appointment diary, on paper, in my handbag.
Keep It Simple, Sweetheart!
The less stuff I have, the less I have to move, tidy, or maintain. It’s a recipe for success.