Anna Suzuki
January 04, 2015 8:27 am

Last month I made the greatest admission of my adult life: I’m a hoarder. Yup. I said it. The first step to anything is admittance, so there you go. I then spent an hour sifting through a mound of clothes from high school, where I came across a blouse. For some reason, it was affecting my mood, my choices, my relationship with my boyfriend. MY LIFE. This blouse was trouble.

Then I spotted an old pair of shoes from Paris. Those were equally antagonizing. They were broken, and I hadn’t worn them in forever, but MEMORIES, you guys.

I realized a ton of this stuff HAD to go. I hadn’t used a majority of it, and by collecting piles of things I don’t actually need, I’m just cluttering my life and my mind. A cleaner, more organized wardrobe is the way to go. Here are the 8 things I got rid of (and I don’t even miss them!).

1. Clothes and shoes

A dress is like a friend: if it doesn’t make you feel good, then BYE. Make three piles: donate, sell, trash, and just stick to it.

2. Kitchen appliances you don’t use

A broken blender and an useless coffee maker? Well, maybe we can fix them tomorrow? NO. Toss the broken blender, donate the coffee maker if it still functions.

3. Dead plants

I did learn one thing: I’m not ready to be a mom.

4. Stacks and stacks and stacks of old magazines

I can replace magazines with books and thus life will be MUCH more productive (and enriching!) when I’m on the toilet. HUZZAH.

5. “Quirky” “decorations”

But this typewriter will look soooo vintage in the big sun-lit loft I can’t afford to live in. Nope. TOSS.

6. Cupboard (Liquor! Food!)

You have vermouth from 2 years ago? What are you, characters from Mad Men?

7. Knick-knacks

Let me show you around. This is where I keep my plastic bags of old hair ties. Sort through all the wires and sunglasses and packs of Kleenex you bought at the gas station. You probably don’t need all of it.

8. Business cards

I met that person at a party once three years ago. Let me keep his business card forever. (OR put it in your email contacts, and free your valuable physical space.)

I feel much better (read: lighter, freer, accomplished) ALREADY.

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