I don't know anyone's address anymore. Only their emails. It's weird emailing someone to ask for their address so that you can send a letter. Also, sometimes I successfully send a letter, and they reply, and then I can't remember what I told them. I am too used to having a 'sent' folder. Is it too weird to photocopy letters before I send them and to keep a physical sent folder?
@jen325 Oh thank god. 'e for envelope', people.
@Lenora Jane Books and craft stuff are the two areas where I cut myself slack. I still pare and edit regularly, because I am now way in hell stopping acquiring. But those are more than things - they're potential, they're worlds, they're friends and satisfaction and all of that. Everywhere else? For me it's a case of whether it gets used. Is it in a box somewhere because it's too good for everyday? That's dumb, it either needs to become the everyday set of plates (or whatever) or go live with someone who is fancy enough to use it. Some things do not get used that often - some of my kitchen stuff is a good example. I don't use that cake plate more than once a year. But it makes me SO happy when I do, and it makes me happy every time I see it in the cupboard. So it stays. Other things get used once a year, and I have the space to store them in the shed until that one day a year (or whatever). I do have the space, and it's generally well ordered, so who cares. But when, for example, I couldn't see the clothes I DO wear in my closet, because they were behind the ones I don't wear? That's not a clean, elegant system. Hahaha, this sounds like I am not a semi hoarder. I totally am. I like my stuff! I'm fine with it, but I also need to watch myself or I get caught up in the sentiment of it and don't get to actually enjoy either the stuff itself or the space, time and dollars I would have without it.
I felt like this when my sister moved in with me, straight out of home. She was 18, I was 25. And she paid rent, but not much. I am glad that we lived together, it made us have a close adult relationship, but I was SO GLAD when she moved out again hoooo boy.
This weekend, I am making an IKEA trip to get a bookshelf to replace the three (free, handmedown) ones in my living room that are not an efficient use of space. I am also helping my friend to take his stuff out of my shed that has been there for two years. Then I am having a big reorganise. My rule? If it doesn't have a place to go, neatly and out of the way, then it goes out. Then I am going to do a follow up and throw out stuff that fits but I don't need - I do this fairly regularly, my problem areas are books, clothes and craft materials, but they are pretty pared down at the moment. I'm really looking forward to it. I don't have that much stuff, comparatively, but it's still overwhelming me!
@crocuta Yeah, I am way worse about bargains. But it's a BARGAIN and it will only be available for the next however long, I must acquire and hoard it NOW. My general rule of thumb is to walk away. If I am still thinking about it in an hour/a day/a week, then I can go back and get it. If not, I didn't need it (note: this can be hard).
@Laura.I.Wildest@twitter I'm thinking about getting a iphone because my ipod is slowly dying and I can't live without one, and I am not sure I can afford to buy a new one outright. Buying it on a phone plan is actually pretty cost effective here is Oz, although I have to go to a store and check out the fine print... and wait for my current contract to run out (I HATE YOU, Vodaphone, you are the worst). But I am, in general, fine without a smartphone or a laptop. I was at a party the other day and someone found out I didn't have a smartphone. They actually gasped and made this face: O_o and then asked how I knew how to get places. I... look them up before I leave the house? I figure I don;t need more ways to procrastinate.