Despite my attempt to be OC, sadly, my room is a mess because I’m too busy to keep things in order. For our new home, I’m determined to do a full on martial law and keep it spic and span! Here are some of my random realizations about STUFF (brought about by my cleaning and dancing to Kylie Minogue):
1. I read this years ago and it’s been a personal practice ever since. If you haven’t used it for more than 6 months, GIVE IT AWAY. The fact that you’ve survived half a year without it only proves that it has been rendered useless. Detach yourself from it and give it to someone who will appreciate it more.
2. Don’t purchase something just because it’s ON SALE. There are probably a dozen items in my room that I bought on sale and never really used. Practice self control when dealing with sales because you might end up spending for items that will only add to the clutter at home. Don’t be mesmerized by the red tags and the 70% off markdowns. If you don’t need it, don’t buy it. I only buy things on SALE if it’s an item I was really going to buy anyway. I got our headboard on sale, I was eyeing it for weeks and waited for the markdown. A bargain becomes a bargain only if you’re getting something you really NEED/WANT in mint condition and at a lower price. If it’s a slightly damaged feathery and sequined top that you know you’ll never ever pull off anyway, that’s not a bargain, that’s a waste of money.
3. Edit your wardrobe. When I was younger, I would just buy clothes on a whim. If it caught my attention and I had enough money to buy it, I would head straight to the counter. I was not a very wise shopper back in the day (hence the mountains of clothes I ended up giving to my cousins). These days, I like to REPEAT my clothes. Before buying a dress, I think of the many ways I can “work it”. If it shows versatility and potential for mixing and matching, then it’s a keeper!
4. QUALITY over QUANTITY. It’s better to have a few QUALITY pieces that will last you forever than to have a ton of fancy clothes that will lose its sparkle after a few washes. Same goes for other household investments. I’d rather have 3 pieces of furniture that are well made and aesthetically coordinated as opposed to having a whole room of stuff that don’t go together! Accumulating a lot of things does not make you look richer, it just makes you a hoarder.
5. Things are just things. Be prepared to lose them at some point in your life. Unless it’s a family heirloom or your engagement ring, it’s always nice to let go of things—this way you will become less materialistic. I gave away my TV to our family driver last week and it felt great. Of course it was a bit painful letting something valuable go (I saved up for months just to buy it!) but I realized that I rarely watch TV anyway and I could easily use the TV in our family room. Having a TV set in my room seemed excessive and so I decided to part ways with it and make Renante’s family happy.
When giving away items, please try to give away things when they are still valuable and usable. Don’t give it away when it’s practically trash already–worn out and damaged beyond recognition. When I was a preschool teacher, we had a program called TOY JOY. We would ask each student to give away his/her favorite toy to a less fortunate child. The whole idea was for the young child to feel the pain of letting something go, to actually give up something selflessly for another person. Of course, it was a nightmare for us teachers–trying to explain this to toddlers. Iyakan session talaga! But you’ll be surprised to see how much of an impact this made in their very impressionable minds. When you give, you have to give the best of what you can offer–to give cheerfully and lovingly, expecting nothing in return. 🙂
So there, STUFF.