When I was growing up, I lived with a compulsive shopper – my grandmother – who spent all of her money and credit on tons and tons of stuff. If she saw it on the home shopping network, she’d buy it. If she saw something in the store, she’d buy it. Eventually, our house became so cluttered, we had paths in between the stuff to get from one room to another, and one of the four bedrooms was entirely filled with stuff. She eventually couldn’t even sleep on her own bed due to it being covered with stuff, and had to sleep on the couch.
So, of course, being a compulsive person my own self, I emulated these tendencies and became something of a hoarder my own self. For years I hoarded games, movies, toys, books, gadgets and anything else I could afford, to the detriment of my sanity and bank account. Thankfully, a few years ago, I decluttered my apartment and took nearly twenty trash bags full of stuff to Goodwill, and have been relatively clutter free ever since.
However, in thinking on it, I realized my hoarding tendencies have now moved from the physical to the virtual, as I hoard data. For example, I keep nearly every email I get. My primary gmail account has all of its emails going back from 2004. In my phone, I have numbers, emails and addresses for companies I no longer deal with or girls I only went out on one date with and never saw again.
I began wondering, why am I keeping this stuff? Do I REALLY need it? However, is it really a problem since it’s really not taking up any physical space? I know when I decluttered my apartment, it also decluttered my head as well, and my home felt like a much cleaner place to think and be myself in. Would the same thing happen if I “decluttered” my data?
Therefore, I wanted to jump on here and see if anyone had the same issue with hoarding data, what you do to control it, if anything, and why you do it. Hopefully that’ll help me understand it a bit better and form a plan of what to do about it, if anything. Thanks! :)