I NEVER OWNED MORE THAN 100 ITEMS
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.