I've made a dent!
I came back to my parents' place to try and tidy up my old room (I've left it 1 year ago and did not move a lot of stuff beside clothes and a tenth of art/craft supplies), two days I've been at it, mostly to try and 'centralize', test and discard/keep things like markers, put all the pencils in one place, all the X in one place...
It's gone from 4/5 shoe boxes of "stuff" (some of it not even mine) to being neatly organized in a big Rubbermaid bin.
I've tested all the batteries I found along the way, put the good ones in a box and the others in a "to discard appropriately" box.
I've tested spray paint cans, the empty or too old ones in the box to the recycling center.
Knickknacks of the toy or plushy persuasion went in a box, along with kiddy coloring markers I don't mind passing kids using (because the parents, and me, would not like them to be handed the alcohol markers
I'm a bit bothered by the 100+ Cd's I still have, I don't listen to them or care for them anymore, but I think my only solution is to take a handfull at a time back to my place to take them to a second hand shop, and I'm not sure they'll even take all of them. Hopefully it's enough to cover the price of transportation
Tonight and the next time I'm here I'll take care of the papers I still have, like the big pile of diploma paper research that I'm pretty sure I'll never consult again.
Something that added some difficulty with all this is that my parents have (understandably) used my room to stock things, like tons of fabric (I'm not even sure where my mother had the room to have that much fabric, boxes and boxed that I don't see fitting anywhere else.).
What I learned from all this:
- I, sadly, doesn't need to buy another pencil for the next ten years.
- Too much stuff! Argh! I'll be trying to live zen and clutter free as much as I can, meaning no cute vase or decorative bowl just for the sake of it
but maybe instead gourmet chocolate
- One in, one out. Since I don't like trowing things out, it'll cut down on the in part anyway