My Minimal Hoarding Life

As of today I will be posting my non profit blog at Blogger on Blogjob. So I will do a quick update about what I mean when I say minimal, minimalist and hoarding.

I think everyone has hoarding tendencies but its to what extent that it becomes a problem, when you cannot walk in your home or you are buying the same product you have but you just cannot find it or don`t want to “dig” for it.

For the most part of my life I have always been a minimalist because I grew up with my dad and he somewhat hoarded things, but they were neat and clean things, but none the less to many things.

Next was owning a business, that meant “keeping junk” around for the next job, materials for roofing and not shingle roof but hot tar and gravel.

But I still tried to apply this ” minimalism” to my own home. I failed and got to much stuff and no closets for it to live in.

In 2009 I got rid of over half of my so called life when I moved. When the next move came two years later I gave away another half of what I had. With each move I was just tired of “stuff” I did not use.

Then came an inheritance last year and that was a near disaster because I loved this old lady and she did have nice stuff. But in the end, I did sell most of it and only kept what I could use, I gave so much away to needy people.

Today? I am maintaining my home and keeping it clean. That is another part of minimalism, keeping the home clean.

And that is where I am now, although I am not buying stuff, I will be replacing old stuff that is no longer energy efficient , getting rid of clothes that are to big and buying my size.

Being a minimalist is a struggle in this world of shopping, buying and owning.

Here is a look back at what I think and how I am managing a minimal hoarding life.

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