Yesterday, I revealed that I have a hidden hoarding habit.
So we asked our Messenger audience what item they had real trouble letting go of.
And it's been great to hear your stories.
Here are some of the best.
For some it was a family thing
Michael: "As the son of two terrible hoarders, I attempt to counter the reflex to accumulate piles of stuff I don't need, by just never buying anything that presents no practical need to me."
Sam: "My dad is a bit of a hoarder. He keeps bike magazines from the last 50 or so years."
Kristian: "My mother is a primary school teacher, with over 30 years' experience. We've moved house 28 times, and the amount of teaching resources and craft stuff that she owns is ridiculous. To the point of filling 58 large moving boxes ridiculous."
Christine: "My nan didn't keep anything from my mum's childhood, so my mum held on to practically everything from mine. Since moving out eight years ago I've carried all of this with me (over a total of six moves). I am certainly grateful for some possessions like photos; but the rest includes: stuffed animals, childhood books, magazines, all of my school books from every year, stationery, toys, figurines, collector cards (including boxes of the old Tazos from chip packets), video games, videos, etc. Although I try and donate at least 10 per cent of it every year, it is always very painful and time consuming. It is slowly becoming easier, (I find taking photos helps), but before my last move I found a large box that had been stored in the garage for four years. When I opened it and remembered what was inside I just cried (and cursed), closed the box back up and put it on the pile to move.
I knew I couldn't yet part with it all, it was just too painful."
Paper, tickets and magazines were a common thread
Lara: "It's almost impossible for me to get rid of birthday cards."
Catie: "Old Vogue magazines."
Laura: "Art supplies."
John: "Things which could be used in a creative project later down the track when I have 'more time'."
Rosie: "I've gotten a lot better but I used to have trouble even throwing away a bit of paper that I'd scribbled on. Paper from school, old clothes, everything. My thinking was 'what if I need it one day' or 'what if I miss it but then realise I've thrown it out'.
It still makes me feel bad whenever I throw stuff out but I've realised that I have to and I'm starting to only keep stuff with real purpose or emotional significance."
Lydia: "Multi riders from Transperth..."
As was gifts
Sarah: "Generally it's presents from family and from inheritance. It may be as little as a nice candle from my niece to a painting that I used to love when I was little from a deceased grandmother. The candle just gets added to the collection as you can only burn so many at a time. And well the painting doesn't really go with the aesthetic of my home but it was my gran's. It feels awful to throw either thing away. Then times that by however many family members you see at Christmas, Easter, birthdays, and in just a few short years you're at Bunnings every month because you need a new storage container.
We try to implement a rule that presents to anyone either have to be drinkable or edible in order to combat this but you still have people that may have seen something and go "Oh *insert name* would love this!"... That's the problem."
And all of those clothes
May: "Clothes! Can't throw out clothes!"
Ernie: "Clothes, fabric and my kids' toys — even stuff they don't play with."
Janene: "Clothes that I no longer fit into — whether too big or too small."
Valerie: "I have way too much clothing, hoarding even sizes I don't fit anymore. Keep thinking I will make something new out of the material. Also recipes, more recipe clippings and articles than I could use in three lifetimes. I try to only ever cook a recipe once, so that I am always trying a new recipe. But even so, there are too many!"
Janine: "New clothes stashed in a wardrobe that I've grown out of a couple of sizes!!"
Camilla: "Hair accessories after I cut my hair and unused makeup containers."
And it seems memories play a big part
Nw: "All my old birthday/Christmas cards regardless of who they came from."
Jordyn: "Old knick-knacks and old school books. I keep convincing myself there are too many memories attached to throw them away even though they've hardly ever been out of storage."
Joy: "I collect way too much travel memorabilia like postcards, magnets, etc. just to remember my trip. It's a good feeling when I dig up everything and see it but when I don't, I totally forget it exists."
Elena: "I have kept all my text books and papers from school, including excursion permission slips from year one."
Adam: "My childhood trophies."
Kathrine: "Notebooks and assignments from high school."
Orlagh: "Soft toys."
Ebony: "I have all my books from when I was in primary school, I just can't seem to throw them out!"
Georgia: "I still have old toys from when I was a baby … I'm 23 years old and I can't throw them out … they're stacked up in cupboards in my room."
Jonathan: "University notes, children's sports awards, old computers."
Books and DVDs
Lucinda: "I'm a book hoarder. My shelf is packed full but I refuse to give any away, yet continue to buy more."
Alex: "DVDs for a start. I associate when I bought the movie with a time in my life. Eg. Pulp Fiction was the first movie I ever bought, so I was 16 or 17. The Bourne Identity (not even close to being my favourite movie) I bought when I was working at a newsagent's and they started to sell DVDs. My partner and I have boxes and boxes of them. We've just moved and don't have the space to store them. So we've decided to get rid of most of them, bar our favourites."
"My mum and dad are functional hoarders. Keeping everything for a rainy day.
"For Dad it's tools, bits and pieces for fixing things … For Mum it's paperwork, cheap stuff that she picks up at those cheap dollar stores, fabric. As a teacher, I've found I do it too — this egg carton will come in handy, as will this newspaper or toilet roll. I should keep this paper copy of this activity so I can use it again. Last year I moved classrooms and I finally got rid of all that stuff. I don't need it and if I do, I'll find a way."
Some look at the value of the item
Phillip: "It's hard to throw out things that I have paid money for. There's also the old 'I might need that bolt someday' modicum."
Ben: "Anything I've paid money for that I could potentially resell on eBay (electronics, T-shirts, etc)."
And some have already taken steps to deal with the clutter
Carol: "I have boxes of broken ornaments and dishes, some broken for 20-plus years. One day I'm going to glue them back together! I still had a 25-year-old set of Britannica Encyclopaedia sitting in my lounge room gathering dust until two weeks ago when my 20-year-old hired a skip and with the help of two of my sisters, talked me through departing with a lot of things I have hoarded but I won't part with my broken ornaments!"
And just in case...
Michele: "I hoard travel and adventure gear, just in case there's ever a major disruption in services and I need it (that's never going to happen)."