Sunday Mail - Body and Soul - - NEWS -

Ex-hoarder Meng Koach is strict about keep­ing life clut­ter free I was a hoarder back in New Zealand, but when I moved to Syd­ney two years ago, I chal­lenged my­self to shed my pos­ses­sions down to 100 items. Why have a vast amount of clothes when you only wear a few favourite out­fits? I dig­i­talised sen­ti­men­tal items such as birth­day cards and pho­tos, then binned them. Eval­u­ate things – if it’s use­ful, keep it. If not, pass it on. While I’m no longer forc­ing my­self to stick to the 100 items rule, the process of culling has made me more con­scious of the things I buy. If I’m go­ing to get some­thing new, I tend to wait un­til my old things are worn out be­fore re­plac­ing them, or I’ll do an ex­change if I need to up­grade older models. I try not to keep “back-ups” of any­thing, as I know I’ll al­most never use them any­way. It means I al­ways know what I have, and value the things I have. I’ve found that phys­i­cal clut­ter is also men­tal bag­gage, and it feels good to live lightly.

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