Five years ago I did a home inventory and established that I owned over 10,000 countable items. Yikes! I have not decluttered a great deal. My stuff is relatively neat and retrievable! In theory I would like to gaze upon calming, half-empty shelves. In practice, I like being surrounded by my possessions. I know the main reason is that I moved more than 10 times in my adult life, and my personal belongings were like a security blanket.
I wonder how I rate in terms of amount of stuff. More than average? Less than average?
I’m not thinking of any functional items for daily living, like furniture, kitchen wares, towels and blankets; or practical things like clothes and luggage.
But I do own a lot of things that belong to me alone – not for the house, or for Rom, or for the family, or otherwise intended for sharing.
- CDs and DVDs – someday I imagine I will give them all up, but not yet
- Electronics – PC, old iPad, phone, cameras
- Exercise equipment
- Stationery – notebooks, note cards, stickers, colouring books
- Crafts supplies – cross stitch, stamping and scrapbooking
- Collections – candles and candle holders, toy robots, wooden toys
In the past few years I have seriously trimmed down my collections which used to include LEGO, trinket boxes and candy tins!
I have whole other categories of things that I’m much more sentimental about:
- Photo albums (pre-digital age, someday to be digitized)
- Old journals and day books
- Baby items, artwork and gifts made by Link
- A few things from my grandmother (um, trinket boxes and tins, actually!)
- What I call “souvenir clothes” such as costumes and handmade socks
- Other handmade textiles like quilts and table cloths
- Christmas tree ornaments
- And some of my favourite things: pine cones, horse chestnuts, rocks, and a sand dollar that I picked up on my travels!
There is one more category I will call “ornaments.” These are small decorative objects for putting on shelves. Some would call them kitsch or tchotchkes! Now people buy “collectibles” instead. I received these as gifts and bought a few on my own as home décor. I suppose when I was setting up a household, these were considered luxuries: spending money on something I didn’t need, and showing it off to visitors. Now I would entice you to look at my books instead!
Do you have many things that are just for you – not for your house, family or future resale value?