The One With All The Cleaning

The One With All The Cleaning

I mentioned this on my Monday post but for those of you who haven’t read it, recently I have been on a mission to clean out my closet. This may not sound like a huge deal to many but it is to me. I’m a bit of a hoarder and I’ve had stuff in my closet for years. I’m talking from when I first moved in. So cleaning all that out in a huge deal and so much work. So far, I have sprained my toe and wrist in the process but I’m ignoring the pain and trying to keep going.

Now that I have all the stuff laid out in my room I can see just how much I’ve hoarded. And I get why. A lot of those old clothes are just clothes. They’re memories. And that’s why we hold on to old things. It’s not about the stuff it’s about what the stuff reminds us of. It’s not even that much stuff to be honest, it’s just that my closet is quite small. And I don’t have space to hold on to these things. It’s time to move on from them and let go of the stuff but keep the memories. In a way, I feel so free. Cleaning is definitely therapeutic.

Why am I telling you all this? You don’t care about my closet. Well, obviously, I didn’t have time to write much with all the cleaning and sprained wrist. So here I am writing about something and nothing like I always do. I actually did do some writing but saving that for later on in the week, lol.

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104 thoughts on “The One With All The Cleaning

    1. Thanks, I’m much better today! Haha no, just a random image, if my closet looked like this I wouldn’t complain ever again 😅

  1. Cleaning has lots of benefits for our mental health, it may be as good as mindful meditation. Spring cleaning is especially good marking a new page in life, making space for something new, positive and promising… It always makes my day when I can finally let go leaving my fears behind…

    1. I agree, it’s a lot like mindful meditation in some ways. And it’s so stress relieving. It’s always nice to leave the negative feelings behind.

  2. Get well soon Pooja. I can attest to being a bit of a hoarder myself lol perhaps its time to clean on my end as well.

  3. Well yes you have shared that you are cleaning your closest/almirah.

    Good thing that it’s completed.

    Kindly take care of yourself.

    Yes cleaning and rearranging is definitely healing, very good for mental health. Also a great exercise.

    So yeah good job ☺️👏🏻

              1. It was a part of history and interestingly, you have history, so you should understand that this is important.

                Past PG was trying to give you some message.

                You should have eaten it and thanked her for kindness….

  4.     Cleaning can be very dangerous. I regret throwing out some books. Sometimes I can research more quickly and cogently by flipping through pages in different books piled together. Searching through google is not always better especially if I remember something that can pop into mind from a book that I remember and I can flip to it. There was a psychology book that I bought on a whim in a college bookstore that was a required book in a course that I was not taking because I didn’t have room for it in my schedule. It cost $7.25 USD. It now sells on Amazon for about $200. Some books are just gone forever. I threw out a lot just because of some fanatical moral imperatives that a lot of people were propagandizing about including un-named relatives and authority figures. A few objects that are memory triggers or talismans are worth keeping too. If you want to be officially cleaning for prestige you can do what museums do and catalog everything so you can get to it without disrupting everything. More organization means not throwing the baby out with the bathwater.

    1. Good job in cleaning! I think you are not unlike many of us who keep things for the memories attached. I still have my “drooper dog” stuffed grey and black puppy toy that my dad brought me after he was in the hospital with his first heart attack. He bought my sister and me one in the hospital gift shop. I was four and it was a scary time for a little girl. We were not well-off, so this was an unexpected treat!

    2. I never throw out books no matter what. I’m okay with hoarding books. It’s just clothes I’m getting rid of because I just know I’ll never wear them. Everything is now colour coded to help find them more easily.

  5. I had a difficult time organising my closet because I didn’t wanted to throw away clothes that I used to wear in my first dance class. So many memories, so much attachment to things. But once I decided to finally move on from the past to create many more happy memories for the future, cleaning my closet became easier.

  6. We are looking to move house at the end of the year; to downsize to something half the size. That means going through, sorting and dumping a lifetime of memories. Every item imbued with a scent of times gone by.

  7. I’m a hoarder …. er, COLLECTOR too!
    Just yesterday I came across an old newspaper that had nothing relevant to me in it and I’m like, “Why the hell did I save this?!” Then I found an old magazine and got lost in reading almost the whole thing!!
    So, I can relate!
    And very cool you’re listening to David Bowie. I love that young people enjoy the music of my generation. I saw him perform twice, and once walked right past him in a nightclub. He was a legend.

    1. It’s hard to get rid of stuff! I still have some of my school books from when I was a kid and random stuff that I don’t really remember much about 😅
      Omg so cool, David Bowie is such an icon. I absolutely love his music.

  8. I can definitely relate to this. Letting stuff go can be tricky at first, yet once you do it makes everything better. plus gives you room for more new and exciting stuff. No pain no gain 🙂

  9. I think that despite what you think, you have a perfect jumping point about memories. This has the potential to be a 1st class story related to some of those memories. 🙂

    You have stories beyond a sprained wrist. Keep writing!

  10. I’m slowly working my way through cleaning out my place of all the extra stuff. Memories are the strongest reason to keep useless stuff around so now my rule is if I haven’t used it in years then I take a picture of it and then away it goes.

    1. It’s the same for me now, I’ve removed everything I know I will no longer use and the stuff that I have memories with I’ll take a picture of it.

  11. I have a rule that if I don’t wear something for a year, out it goes. However, I have a few favorites that I can’t part with. I always feel a lot better when I declutter.

  12. Amazing…I hope you are okay now. I am cleanliness freak like Monica from Friends hahaha…. so I always enjoy cleaning and arranging stuff in the house.

  13. “Cleaning out my closet” by the white boy rapper. Alright. … Every time we move we discard a quarter of our stuff. So it’s said. Move more?
    There was a time when I moved 11 times in 7 years.
    Yeah, cleaning/grooming is good for the soul. 😉

    1. Wow, that’s a lot of moving but it’s also fun to move around. Hopefully you got rid of all the unnecessary stuff. It really is good for the soul, I feel a million times lighter 😅

  14. You should take a rest,Pooja!! Don’t be so hard on yourself.
    I hope that sprain isn’t that serious and get well soon!

  15. I’m so glad you decided to clean your closet. I absolutely know the feeling of keeping things in the closet, but also the other one, the relief when I empty it and keep only what I really need.
    It’s a good step to take.

  16. Clothes, like other material possessions, remind us of who we were, what we were doing, and with whom, at particular times in our lives. It can be hard sometimes to acknowledge that those times are over. It is so much more than clearing out a wardrobe. If we can acknowledge that emotional dimension, we should not be so hard on ourselves about what some describe as ‘hoarding’.

  17. I usually try to clean out my closet once or twice a year. I usually find articles of clothing that I have not seen in months and then decide to donate to the Salvation Army.

    1. That’s a great way to keep things in order. I may have to start doing it more often too. Maybe once every three months.

  18. Oh, I have been doing closet tidying up for a month–just a little bit by a little bit. Right now it is so much better than before, although I don’t dare to share a picture of it. LOL. I am not a hoarder, but I do have an unwillingness to throw stuff away. I made a rule that whenever I buy a piece of item or a piece of clothe, I will need to throw away one or two items. This actually slows down the pace of adding new stuff to my pile.

    1. That’s a good idea, that way you never end up with too much stuff. I dislike throwing stuff away too because I always feel like what if I need it someday and don’t have it.

  19. I agree with you Pooja that cleaning can be therapeutic. Putting the minds fous on something different is helpful. I think that also getting the body moving some can also get the endorphins sparking which is beneficial too.

  20. I hope your wrist and toe get better soon. I actually don’t recommend trying to push through it. Having cracked a rib, I know it’s best not to do heavy lifting if you’re injured. When the dr told me not to lift anything more than 10 lbs I thought, “No problem!” I couldn’t even manage 1 or 5 lbs, and the worse the injury, the longer it takes to get back to heavy lifting. I’m still not there yet. Just fyi

    1. Thanks and I’m okay now. I ended up waiting a day till I was okay and finished the cleaning then. I just did some small stuff so as not to hurt my hand any further. I still have some left but will do that later since the big stuff is mostly done.
      I totally get that, I think resting while recovering is best.

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