Keep nothing in your house that is neither needed nor beautiful.
-Vivec, Elder Scrolls Online
Downsizing your possessions can feel like a daunting task. I know. I’ve been there. My parents moved from a studio to a one-bedroom apartment when I was born, and then to a three-bed after that. Yet somehow there was never enough room for all the junk they hoarded over the years.
Right now, if you have a poke around the place, you’ll find…
…a spare bathroom full of car parts (I’m willing to bet money that most of them are for cars they traded long ago)
…four closets full of clothes no-one wears anymore
…two shelf racks that haven’t been touched for as long as my parents have lived there
…and the list goes on.
This isn’t a dig at my parents, who grew up under communism and felt the full brunt of Ceaușescu’s brutal crackdown on things like, y’know, feeding the people and keeping them warm*. My parents hoard things because that’s what they learned to do – and that’s what they passed on to me.