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Why Throwing Stuff Away is Fun

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Veronica

Roni is a fitness freak, she writes and utilizes most of her free time helping others find their bliss. She's furthered that love by getting certified as a life coach recently.

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Hoarders are everywhere. I had no idea that I was one of them. I don’t qualify for the show, but acquiring 27 years of belongings is a complete bitch to go through, let me tell you. Did I just reveal my age? I recently moved, and at first, the thought of going through all of my belongings gave me anxiety. It was during the process that I learned how throwing stuff away can be fun, which worked out because it’s a new year.

I came across a uniform shirt that I wore in the fifth grade. I also found an old stuffed animal an ex gave me, along with empty boxes jewelry came in. Why in the world I kept those things, I’ve no idea. I came across other items that were kept for an inappropriately long time. One would think that if I hadn’t used something in over a decade, I would throw it away, right? Wrong.

I allowed my tendency to be sentimental take up WAY too much square footage in my life. I then realized that the act of throwing away – something I dreaded – was necessary to do, regardless of how badly I wanted to hold onto items that represented fond memories. Some of it was even enjoyable. Here’s why.

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  • Heather Staton

    A week or so ago my husband and I went through our flat and threw away eight boxes of old things that were unnecessarily cluttering our life. It was a wonderful experience. I have shied away from getting rid of things in the past, but I’ve suddenly hit the point where I was ready to let go of all of it (including the bottles of old mountain dew that my husband was saving because they were “collectors editions.” unfortunately, he’s not there yet.) I think you’ve definitely hit the nail on the head (mind the cliche) on this one, because with every box that we chose to get rid of it was like a burden had lifted and a little bit of anxiety was gone.

    • http://myfittblog.com Veronica

      Heather! Thanks so much for sharing your experience. It’s a physical manifestation of letting go of the old to make room for the new. Happiest New Year to you and yours, doll.

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  • Ashley

    I used to be pretty guilty of this. We recently went through a lot of our things because we were moving. I found everything from old diaries from when I was in the single-digits to holiday cards to notebooks from school. It is interesting the things we’ve chosen to hold onto, but I agree that it feels so good to finally get rid of it all in order to make room more an exciting new chapter in life. Great article!

  • http://justmewith.com Roxanne

    I throw stuff away for therapy. I’m the opposite of a hoarder. I’m not a minimalist, but I love getting rid of things. I’ve written posts about reducing the number of pics and the appearance of my wedding album, I recently got rid of old letters and mementos of some of the worst times of my life and when I downsized I got rid of 2/3 of my belongings. I’m in a purge mode now as well, going through old papers and mail, etc. Clothes will be next, though I don’t have much left since the earlier purgings. Giving things away can help other people as well, when you least expect it. See Craigslist Angels http://wp.me/p1sXPw-1e