|Zoe snubbing Penny|
My boyfriend already thinks I'm a hoarder because my room, while usually quite tidy, is jammed with stuff- way more stuff than I need. I find it very difficult to purge my material belongings, and I shop a lot, mostly online. My closet and dresser are full of clothes and I probably only ever wear about 3/4 of my whole wardrobe. I'm also very sentimental, and I've kept every ticket stub for every movie, concert and play I have ever attended, as well as just about everything that was given to me as a gift, even if I no longer have use for it, or never did.
I'm conscious about waste and what happens to things I no longer have use for. And yes, I do realize that the environmental and social problems with consumerism are full cycle, not just on the landfill end of things. (Re: The story of stuff). While I do try to make conscientious purchases, I buy way too much stuff I don't need, and I try to make up for that by reducing the amount of stuff I contribute to landfills, which is why,
- My work apron is full of paper scraps I'm saving to recycle at home.
- My old desk is on my parents' back porch because I'm going to put it up on kijiji... someday.
- I have a few bottles of random body lotions sitting around my room that I've received as gifts, that don't fit with my views on animal testing, and I don't know what to do with them (anyone know of a shelter that accepts donations of personal hygiene products?)
- I have a milk crate full of old Spin magazines I'll never re-read, and I think recycling them would be a waste, but I worry that if I scatter them in waiting rooms around my community to broaden the musical horizons of my fellow citizens I may cause them to eventually end up in the trash because I don't know if all the dentists, doctors, and other professionals with waiting rooms in Whitby recycle or not.
- There are two dead plants and a bouquet of dead flowers on top of my bookcase that I'm too lazy to do anything about because I refuse to simply toss them. They must be composted but just... not today. The compost bin is in the backyard, and it's cold outside. Maybe tomorrow. (The dead flowers actually still look pretty. The plants, not so much.)
So I'm lazy, materialistic, sentimental, and conscientious. I really hope that the last trait can counteract the first and balance out the middle.
I need a jolt to get me out of my current lazy funk, and I think I'm going to get it really soon. I took the Global TESOL course in December and right now I'm looking for a teaching job abroad. I can't take very much with me, and I'll be gone for at least six months, so I'm going to do a massive clean out of my cluttered room. There will be 3 piles: going, staying and goodwill. I'm going to do my best to ensure that the third pile is the biggest. It won't be easy, I may cry, but I think it will be an important step for me to really grow up. I'm not going to have all this stuff when I go teach, and I'll have to learn to live much less materialistically. Then, when I'm done my travelling teacher adventure (after however long it ends up lasting), I'll be able to move back to Ontario with less physical baggage, and perhaps less emotional baggage too. Right now I actually feel the weight of all my stuff holding me down, and I think it will be very psychologically freeing to have less stuff.
I just got an email, it's a job offer. I'm ready :)