Is it possible to be a minimalist and a hoarder at the same time? Because that's exactly how I would describe myself. Crazy isn't it? Until 14, I was a complete hoarder. I think I took after my grandma who kept everything and never used any of her good items. (FYI, hers or my hoarding isn't anywhere near as bad as on the show Hoarders!) During our move from Russia to Canada, since I was still a kid and didn't have much say as to what we're gonna take with us, I was only allowed to take a bag's worth of "junk" with me. How do you fit a whole room into a bag? Obviously you can't. I had to prioritize my "junk" and decide what I would take with me. Since then, something clicked inside of me and my "can't throw anything out" turned into "I want to throw everything out!" To this day, these 2 personalities are still fighting within me. (No, I don't think I'm bipolar, just a bit OCD) One part of me wants a clean house with nothing in it and the other wants "the more the better" junk at home. One loves to go through cupboards and throw stuff out/donate, the other loves to stock up cupboards with too many canned and packaged foods.
How can these 2 "qualities" of me meet somewhere halfway? I want a clutter-free house with a minimum amount of stuff, yet I want to be stocked up on things I use frequently.
Are you a minimalist or a hoarder?