In the spirit of "new year new you" and resolutions and all that I have taken on a monumental task and am cleaning my flat.
As a hoarder this involves a lot more than merely tidying and washing things. It involves confronting demons, the past; it involves a lot of feeling most people don't ascribe to mere objects.
It's not easy being borderline looney-tunes.
This desire to un-hoard hasn't come out of nowhere. I was deeply inspired by the author Bella Andre who was a feng shui consultant long before she became a gazillion-selling writer. She gave me a read of my space and suggested the adjustments necessary which brought me face to face with things like "the junk drawer" and the scary corner where all the stuff is piled up.
This is what I discovered.
I had about five pounds, that is 5lbs, that is 2 kilograms or more of red lipstick. That's just red. At about $30 a tube, that pile of crap respresents a sizeable investment -- the equivalent I'd say of a very beautiful, and necessary, sofa which I think or thought I couldn't afford. Ha. I can afford anything so long as I stop buying red lipstick. And that's just red. I have equal investments in pink, hot pink and neutrals.
Hair products? I should open a store. I have enough product to treat every single hair on my head with something different. Clothing? Five groaning closets even after several large garbage bags were shipped to the landfill.
I have much of a muchness.
Just as I was becoming increasingly ill at the plenty with which I am surrounded, I saw an FB post from a friend who had a similar fit of cleaning and a similar sickness to her stomach at all she had accumulated for no good reason. She suggested a year without spending. Necessities -- food, shampoo (in moderation, only as much as necessary), toilet paper, are ok but no spending on the fun stuff like clothes or red lipstick.
That she is considering this was pretty big news among FB friends -- she's a stylist and fashionista such that I feel compelled to take full inventory plus sources of everything she's wearing every time I see her. She's fabulous and in the decades I've known her I can honestly say I've never seen the same thing twice no matter how fantastic it was.
We are shoppers. And we both think we need to cut back. As with AA and its view that every addict needs a sponsor, we're going to try this together. We're thinking of creating a blog to express the joys and frustrations of not shopping.
Because sometimes enough is enough. Maybe that's the name of the blog.