Thursday, July 28, 2011

Decluttering my room (and life)

I warned you all last year, I’m a horrible procrastinator. This time last summer I swore that I’d clean my room out. And did I? No, I bloody well didn’t. Don’t get me wrong! It was tidied and cleaned a bit throughout the year (Despite what others around me might say and think!), but I never got down to it and cleared out all the junk. Two weeks ago, I started this epic quest, to get rid of everything that’s no longer used, has any use or that I’ve grown out of. And boy is it amusing!
It turns out that not only am I a serious procrastinator but I’m also a major hoarder. These do not go hand in hand, it’s just a good thing these are in some weird balance, cause if they weren’t I’d be on an episode of Hoarders or something. We moved into this house in 2001, so it could have been a lot worse. Let’s take a look at what I’ve found in my room so far.

1. Instruction Manual for a Walkman! Bear in mind I was 9 when I got a Discman. So I haven’t owned a Walkman for 14 years. Why the hell do I have an instruction manual for this?! (On a side note, I was on a train in February and I spotted someone using a Walkman. And not in an ironic hipster kind of way. Unless this was a hipster granny. Hmmm, Hipster Granny, sounds like a comic book…).
Dead walkman
2. A bunch of Christmas cards from when I was 10 and upwards. Completely useless! Although hilarious to read as so many people could never spell my name right. Something I’ve addressed in the comments of this post by CherrySue.
Christmas 2000
3. Speaking of hilarious, I have some letters that my now 17 year old cousin sent me when she was probably 7 or 8. Bless! I’m debating scanning them up on Facebook to show her, but I’m not sure if she’d like it or not! (Hi Emma!)

4. Magazines dating back to when I was 12 or so. Yep, teeny magazines that I have no use for anymore. As well as plenty other magazines from the last 10 years that I probably don’t have any use for but keep on to just in case I want to read them again (rarely happens).
5. Beanie Babies. I haven’t counted them, but probably a billion of them (or like 30 maybe?). While I have no issue throwing away magazine and cards from my childhood, I’m not sure I can part with these. Or at least some of these. I spent ages building up my collection and some that were gifted to have very sentimental.
Beanie babies
This is just scratching the surface of what I’ve found. Old clothes that no longer fit. Books that belong to my Aunt, some read, some still unread. Stacks and stacks of blank CDs that have been filled with all sorts of music and no labels on them. College notes from last year. I’m still expecting to find some Junior Cert notes when I dig deep into my storage space! I’m sure there will be a part two of this, once I get some more cleaning done. Not sure when that will be, I have loads of, em, more important stuff to do (like write blog posts, bake and play computer games…).
Pictures from here, here, here and here.


  1. Oh, I'm afraid to even contemplate what I might find if I was to give my room a really proper dig through like this. I know the attic is full of stuff belonging to me too so I'm afraid to even look up there. Hehe.

  2. Is that seriously your Beanie Baby collection?!

    How big is your room?

    I'm with P, don't even wanna know what's lurking if I were to do a major clean :)

  3. Cornflakegirl, I haven't even gone under the bed yet, I'm DREADING that! And we have this storage space that's like a door in the wall and you can open it and there's room there,under the roof. It's crammed full of stuff, dreading that too!!

    CherrySue, no that's not my collection! Though I think if you put all the Beanie Babies in the house together you'd get a pile that big! My room isn't that big, I'm not sure of measurements, it would take 3-4 steps to get from the bed to the door! I've just managed to cram so much in, especially with the storage space. And under the bed. I'm a long way from getting it finished, I think I'd fill a skip!!

  4. I'm quite the packrat myself :D There's no way that I'm parting when any cards or letters though. I don't care if I have 10 shoeboxes by the time I'm 30, I've kept all cards since the age of 8 and have even scrapbooked all valentine's cards from elementary school :D

    The walkman manual is hilarious though!! hahaha. I have to declutter too, but it's mostly just paper crap like we talked about before :) I'm really excited because soon, I'll be giving a bunch of my stuff away to my best friend who is a teacher and getting her own real classroom for the first time! Kindergarten, so I get to give her construction paper, craft stuff, etc. So excited.

  5. Deb, there's certain cards and letters I can't throw out either! I can imagine how many you have! I did get rid of some of mine though, but kept the really important ones.

    Ya, I can't believe I had a Walkman manual! Crazy! And that's so kind of you to give stuff away :)


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