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“Possessions, outward success, publicity, luxury - to me these have always been contemptible. I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best for both the body and the mind.”
Albert Einstein

Sunday, 17 November 2013

The bottom drawer

My life is pretty de-cluttered. I am pretty harsh when it comes to a change in season and I'm not scared to cull my wardrobe, but I still manage to have a lot of crap in my room. I find it hard to part with ornaments and a few articles of clothing. I think I might need this one day when I go to that garden party or picnic. No Holly! You will never wear it. If I do, great! but is it really worth taking up space for a year cluttering up your room in the hope that you have a picnic to go to! Best rule ever - if you didn't wear it last year it has to go!

So Last night I did a very harsh and very thorough clean out of my room.

I usually keep my wardrobe doors open, I like to be able to wake up and see my clothes and think about what I will want to wear. I also like to see my money where I can see it. So naturally I knew what was in there. But as for the hidden places, well they are another story.....

Drawers for example - out of sight out of mind.
You have your usual undies draw which is your typical deal, same with your general clothes that are folded and put away. But what shocked me is how much crap I had in that bottom drawer. You know the drawer that stuff goes to die but you know you shouldn't throw it out. For me it was 2 drawers, one filled to the brim with electronics, cords, christmas lights, electrical tape and anything else I could fit in there. The other was paper, and a shit load of it, everything from pay slips from 7 years ago, birthday cards, bank statements and shopping lists. I even found my original birth certificate (I have been looking every where for it!). Majority of things needed to go. Not to mention how much of a fire hazzard it all was.

This is how many old phones and gadgets I found in the draw.




I think everybody has 1 or 2 old phones that they have saved in case of emergency or need to get photos or songs off and have never got around to it and they have ended up in the bottom drawer.

Did you know that you can actually trade in your phones for cash! if they are in working order you can actually get quite a bit for them. visit sites like http://www.mazumamobile.com.au and see how much your phones are worth.

As for me in total I had about $10 worth which for me was not too much. So I found that you can actually donate your old phones and gadgets to collectors that donate the funds to charity. 

http://www.arp.net.au/donate.php - Aussie Recycling Program - Where you can pick where the money goes.
http://youcan.org.au/how-it-works/about-phone-recycling/ - You can - Donates the funds to build youth cancer centers.
http://www.zoo.org.au/get-involved/act-for-wildlife/theyre-calling-on-you - Victoria Zoo - Donates funds towards rangers in the congo. 

One of the biggest threats to gorillas is the illegal mining of coltan, a mineral used in mobile phones.

Along with the two drawers I also found that the top of the cupboard is another hidden terror. Mass amounts of things can be thrown up there. I found handbags from 3 years ago that had even more bags inside them. Old scarfs, belts, hats and heaps of bags with receipts in them. None of this stuff I have touched in years. Mainly because I cant reach it. It had to go.


The outcome was that I went from 12 complete drawers and a full top shelf down to 6 drawers and a fairly spacious cupboard. God it feels good!

Now off to the Salvos I go.


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