Finishing high-school and preparing to leave home and hearth for university meant that I had a lot of cleaning, clearing and sorting to do. I dreaded it. Two reasons why: one, I knew that the time-consuming nature of the task before me would suck the joy out of summer; and two, I didn't want to get sentimental sifting through piles and piles of stuff associated with my childhood, middle school love interests, and high school work overload. I eventually got around to it, and when I did, I had an epiphany. I realised how ignorant my habit of hoarding was.
I compiled bin bags after bin bags of clothing in pristine condition. Boxes filled up with miscellaneous items ranging from stationeries to bags and ornaments. At first, I was overwhelmed by all this stuff that I had managed to pull out from the deepest depths of my room, but I soon realised that the best thing I could do for myself, my community, and the environment was to give my stuff a new home. That's when I turned to local donation drives and an upcycling organisation. I feel accomplished knowing that a little initiative to clear my space has promoted sustainability in my community. Recycling stuff is important as we so often take for granted the number of resources, especially depletable ones, that were used to make the stuff that we chuck out or hoard. I aim to persist with my journey of becoming a more socially responsible consumer by a) continuing to give away hoarded items to the needy and environmentally progressive organisations, and b) resisting the urge to purchase items that I just don't need. I also intend to look out for more fair-trade products and animal cruelty free products when shopping.