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From Packrat to Minimalist: The Interview

I wrote a blog post 2 weeks about my new efforts in moving toward being a minimalist. You can read that article here.

Often times when undergoing a change you have to identify why you are doing it? Why is it important to you? Identify your losses and gains as well as the origin. I’m highlighting my interview answers but as you read my responses, find time to gather some thoughts as to what your answer would be.

From Packrat to Minimalist: The Interview:::

How do you think your packrat ways started?

That question makes me giggle for some reason. However, I truly believe I got it honest. My dad has to be my favorite person and it wasn’t until I was in High School that I truly understood that I wasn’t alone in my habit to keep every important paper that I came across. Of course the term “important” is loosely defined.

What can you say that you keep the most of?

If I had to really decide it would be a close tie between old papers and clothes. I think hair products would fall shortly after my top two items. Oh heck, there is no method to this madness. I keep anything and everything.

Do you think that this is only temporary or do you think this will be a long term lifestyle change?

Well…They say it takes 20 days to make a habit. It may take 20 days to get rid of things so it very well could be a lifestyle change. No I’m just kidding. I know what it feels like to be overwhelmed with stuff. I know the feeling of finding it hard to get balance and I believe that if your home is in order many other things just fall into place mentally and spiritually. The less stuff I have the more open I am to receiving new things (hopefully not in the form of more junk, but in the form of new perspective, new energy, new outlook, new opportunities, new blessings). #clutterfree

What’s your motivation?

Well, if you are a “slight” (under exaggerating, over exaggerating…to-may-toe, to-mah-to) packrat like me admitting that this habit could lead to a being borderline hoarder is not attractive to say the least. Plus, living the simple life is so much better or at least I’ll find out very soon.

In all seriousness, I needed to get rid of the clutter in my life. Everything that just takes up space! The clutter that keeps my mind busy and keeps me procrastinating. I hold on to too many things. An example would be me mulling over the decision to keep a fan that could be powered by a USB output. Why am I deciding rather or not to hold on to a darn USB fan?! Have I used it in the last year?  Or better than that, when will I ever use it? Continuing to mull over a decision that doesn’t lead me to progress is just silly.

While in deep thought, I realized how much my natural life mimicked my emotional life.

What does it look like to hold on to things?

Uhh…duh…It looks like this:

BEING STUCK! When you hold to things emotionally they hold you back. Who wants to continue to die a death a thousand times over? You guessed it, no one in their right mind. Every time you get two steps ahead, you allow the same things to pull you two steps backward. I remember tweeting about a dog chasing its tail. I said, don’t be like someone chasing rumors, it’s like a dog chasing its tail. You don’t end up going anywhere. The same holds true for you! Although, this is not about rumors this time, it is about allowing yourself to be so attached to this unhealthy emotional place. LET IT GO!!! Physically and Emotionally. Start throwing it all out! #clutterfree


Be determined to rid your life of clutter. Start making room for something new!

From packrat to minimalist


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    June 2, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    Ever since I last moved I try very hard to live minimally and not over clutter the house. It’s unnecessary and so much work.

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    June 2, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    Very good post! Sometimes getting rid of things is difficult. But we recently moved, and instead of paying to move a bunch of stuff we just donated it all, even though some of our stuff was brand new furniture. I love walking into a room that only has a few items in it versus a room that is filled with furniture and knickknacks. An empty room is peaceful to me.

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    Joely Smith
    June 2, 2015 at 10:58 pm

    I am a borderline packrat. I have a hard time getting rid of anything even remotely personal or memorable and I love hoarding boxes, pretty boxes of course but I can’t seem to get rid of them lol

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    Lyndsey Jones
    June 2, 2015 at 11:38 pm

    This is an interesting read. I’m always curious what made someone do something. Thank you for being so transparent with the answers and shedding the light on this.

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    Amber NElson
    June 3, 2015 at 12:28 am

    My husband won’t admit it, but he is a packrat!!

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    Debbie Denny
    June 3, 2015 at 12:36 am

    I am trying to clear out old stuff now. Wow. All the stuff…

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    June 3, 2015 at 2:17 am

    Not too long ago I did a deep clean of my closet and I felt so good afterwards! I had seven bags of clothes that I didn’t ware or need. Off to Goodwill for a new owner!

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    michelle co-huertas
    June 3, 2015 at 4:13 am

    This is a nice post. I have always hated clutter..i get a headache seeing mess.

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    Our Family World
    June 3, 2015 at 4:18 am

    I had a great time to read this great post. Its not easy to moving with a lot of stuff.

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    Michelle Hwee
    June 3, 2015 at 5:39 am

    What a fun interview! I definitely learned some new facts 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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    Elizabeth O.
    June 3, 2015 at 9:02 am

    I used to be a packrat, but when we moved to a smaller house, I had to let go of a lot of things. It feels great my home is clutter free.

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    John Lopez
    June 4, 2015 at 6:17 am

    I remeber when we moved from our rent appartment to our new own house, I used to be packrat too I sell a lot of things because our bew house is small but it feels like clean home lol

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    June 4, 2017 at 9:54 am

    Life is amazing, and we want to help people keep clutter and disorganization from getting in the way of whatever it is they want to accomplish and experience.

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    June 17, 2017 at 11:40 pm

    Of course, this isn t for everyone, but I would venture that most people would benefit from refocusing their attention on the things that really matter to them; those few incredibly important things in life that really, truly make them happy.

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    September 7, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    She’s at the beginning of her minimalist journey, but already experiencing the freedom of living with less. Nice!

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