Stop hoarding; Learn to let go of unnecessary things or people

Stop hoarding; Learn to let go of unnecessary things or people

Some things we keep for future reasons, some things we keep for no reason at all – this is hoarding. 

Disclaimer: You will not agree with everything you’re about to read, and that is perfectly okay.

Out of boredom, I was organizing my stuff and trying to figure out what to keep and what to let go of. Umu Chineke, aside from the essentials, almost everything else I could do without!

From cute perfume containers, old jotters to scraps and pieces of other random stuff. I start to separate stuff into what I wanted to keep and what I wanted to throw away. Still, I had a lot! Especially stuff I really did not need. 

Now, I could have kept them if I had the space but guess what? Another reason I was trying to reorganise was because I was traveling soon and did not need the extra baggage. So I kept separating until I got to the point where yes, these are the stuff I really need. Of course with a few extras 🙈 LOL

Just like this, a lot of us keep stuff we do not really need. It’s easy to do this when there’s enough space to keep them but what if there isn’t? I still had every single notebook and textbook from secondary school up until when my family wanted to move from our current house. Then the books had to go because they weren’t really necessary anymore. 

The funny thing was that I got really mad when my younger siblings wanted to go to the bag of books and get a textbook they needed or something. But I didn’t need it anymore abi? Why exactly was I holding on to it?

That’s what a lot of us do, intentionally or otherwise.

We hold on to what we’re used to because that’s what is comfortable, it’s what we’re sure of, we’ve experienced it so we are sure of what it can and can’t do. 


It’s the same thing with people; in fact, that is the whole idea behind “The devil you know is better than the angel you don’t know.” 

Fact – None is better.

N.B – I’d rather be by myself than be with a devil 😈 

True, it’s easier to stick with things or people that we’re used to and are sure of (even when they’re bad for us) but there is always a time to move on, even from the so-called “devil you know.” Whether good or bad, there is always a time to move on from something or someone and head to the next level. 

Just like you someday have to leave your parents, not because they’re bad but because you have to learn to stand on your own and be your own person. 

In the same way, we all have to learn how to let go of things when we have outgrown or no longer need them. Even if there is still space for it, that space can be used for better, newer stuff! 

So just let go. It could be hard because change seldom isn’t but remember that it’s “out with the old and in with the new” – soaking in things or people you should let go off will take up space that can and should be used for newer, better experiences.

Don’t be the one to hold yourself back. Move, regardless. 


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July 2020