Things you should throw away but can’t.
I have a lot of things that I should have throw into the garbage ages ago, but as my mom likes to call me, I’m a “pack-rat” and have a hard time letting go of things.
For example, I have a bag of bags in one of my closets. Yes, you read that right, a bag of bags. This is a giant shopping bag filled with other smaller shopping bags, that I thought were unique or different and decided I needed to keep. (The amount of bags there is also hints at a larger shopping problem I have, but we’ll talk about that later).
Another thing is a Justin Bieber cardboard cutout I was given as a birthday gift during my peak years of obsession with the Biebs. I really should have thrown this out a few years ago when I outgrew that phase in my life, but JB was just relocated from my bedroom to the basement.
My room is also full of empty liquor bottles. Should these be recycled when they’re empty? Yes. Do they instead take up unnecessary space on my shelves? Yes.
I also have a bad habit of keeping receipts way longer than necessary. Anytime I purchase something the receipt gets stuffed into a drawer “just in case” and usually isn’t seen again for years. (I found one in my drawer the other day that was dated 2014).
Moral of this post is that I like to keep garbage. Bags, empty bottles, and old receipts are all literally garbage, but for some reason I can’t seem to make it to the trash can with them.
What would you run out of the house with if your house caught on fire?
I’ve thought about this in much detail many times, and it’s definitely changed a lot over the years. I used to be desperately concerned with a special Zac Efron-related plaque that hung in my room and a cardboard cutout of Justin Bieber that watched me sleep from the corner, but I’ve outgrown “needing” to keep those now.
If I’m being honest, most of my plans involving what to take in case of a fire include packing three bags I have in my room (two backpacks and one beach bag). This may seem ridiculous but I have a lot of things my selfish heart would NOT be down to part with. As well, what and how much I take is contingent on where the fire originates. The ideal location would be in the basement, because then I’ll have enough time to pack up my room before the fire reaches me. My parents ensuite window leads to a gazebo I can safely jump from, so I won’t need the front door to get out should the fire reach the main floor before I’ve finished packing.
If the fire starts in the basement, then everything I’d run out of the house with would be from my room. Two photo albums, my box of makeup (that stuff is so expensive there’s no way I could afford it all again), my Build-A-Bears Poe and Andy, my wallet, laptop (again these things are expensive), phone and headphones, my sunglasses because they were too expensive to let just get crisped up, a few choice items of clothing and pairs of shoes if time affords because why not, and probably my Rihanna CDs if there’s room.
If the fire starts on the first floor, Poe and Andy would be grabbed quickly if I was already in my room, and I would head to the basement and load up a few of my favourite movies from my collection before booking it outside. (As you can see, the ideal fire location is basement because then I get to keep more things hehe).
And yes, before you think I’m a horrible person I would make sure my family was aware of the fire before I started loading my things. If space affords it, I might even let them throw a few of their things in my bags too.