157 things I’ve thrown

Today I recycled a dress I bought about 15 years ago. My in-laws (soon to be ex) are very traditional. We have to wear ‘auspicious’ colours like red, pink or orange for Chinese New Year, weddings or birthdays. I don’t like these colours. Over the years, I’ve had to buy pink, red and orange clothes just for these occasions. Over the next year, I will be throwing them away!! Looking forward to wearing clothes I like ūüôā

Yesterday I threw out a red blouse.

On Wednesday, I threw out a pink cardigan.

On Tuesday, I threw out a sexy white top with a front flap which opens tantalisingly when the wind blows. I bought this even before I bought my red dress, about 20 years ago. Those were the days when I wore slinky, low cut stuff.

On Monday 31st July, I threw away my last piece of silky lingerie.


Wearing lingerie is all about wanting to feel sexy. I can’t see myself wanting to feel sexy again.

On Sunday, I threw away a lavender blouse. The cut really fitted me nicely but it’s one of those low cut clothes I can’t bear to wear anymore.

On Saturday, I threw away old Hello kitty pyjamas. In the last 4 years, I’ve been wearing track pants to sleep. Cotton pjs are not warm enough.

On Friday, the 150th day, I went through a couple of boxes in the attic and found the Green curtains meant for J’s room. She changed her mind after less than 1 year of use. But they were too good to throw.

On Thursday, I threw away expired, clumpy aloe vera.

On Wednesday, I recycled a nice stationery kit given to J when she attended a US uni talk.

On Tuesday, I recycled a handbag holder. You know one of those things you clip on a table in a restaurant and hang your handbag underneath? Firstly, I don’t carry handbags anymore. Secondly, it had a picture of a couple. I remember getting it instead of cake at a wedding. These days, no one gives little boxes of fruit cake at weddings anymore. I’ve received ‘creative’ gifts from coasters to key chains. But not cake ūüė¶

handbag holder

On Monday 24th July, I threw away a lipstick that melted! I’ve only had it for a year.

On 23rd and 22nd July, I recycled 2 notebooks. I’ve been saving them because I’m a writer. I write a lot. But when N put some of her lovely unused notebooks in the recycling bag (a few were given to her by me), I saved her notebooks for myself. So I gave up 2 of mine (so plain in comparison).

On 21st  July,  I decided to give away an unused pack of New Jersey playing cards. I had bought it when I went to visit my brother. I thought it would make a nice souvenir for my kids but none of them wanted it. These days, kids prefer online games.

Speaking of actual physical toys, on Thursday, I recycled a brand new packet of pick-up sticks. I had saved it from one of the kids who got it from school and wanted to throw it away. Why did I bother?

cards, pick up sticks

On 18th and 19th July, I threw out 2 body shop lotions- 1 vanilla, 1 green apple. They were given to me by my sis who didn’t like them. I tried to use them even though I wasn’t crazy about their scent. I hate waste. But after a few months, I felt life was too short to use lotion I don’t like.

From 15th to 17th July, I threw away more expired medicine – Cortisone, Telfast and Zyrtec.

So far, I’ve thrown 157 things. I haven’t regretted anything I’ve thrown. Yet.

136th day

It’s a rainy day. My desk faces the outdoors and I’m one of the lucky few in Singapore who has a home with a lovely, greenery view. But not for long because I need to sell the house to move on.

Today I threw away old cheap paint brushes. Those that come free when you buy paint set for kids. I found them in my art box. I have an art box where I keep all my painting stuff.

In that same box, I found hardened glue which I threw yesterday.

On Wednesday, I gave away an unopened Glee board game. My sister gave it to my kids years ago, not knowing they don’t like Glee enough to want to relive it! Sorry sis.

On Tuesday, I gave away another unopened board game which my sis also gave. I felt ¬†bad when they didn’t even bother to open it but I guess kids these days prefer online games. Still, it looks better when you give away things still in their original packaging.

On Monday 10th July, I threw away these old art templates. Someone gave them to the kids when they were kids and I just kept them because I thought they were cool.


On Sunday, I gave away unused postcards. I don’t send postcards anymore.

On Saturday, I threw out 2 pieces of spoilt but barely used correction tape. Teach me not to buy this brand anymore.

From 4th to 7th July I recycled 4 books – Saving fish from drowning, Following the wrong god home, Natural flights of the human mind and A suitable boy.


The elephant in the room

So. The reason why there’s such a big gap in between my posts is because I don’t have access to my computer on weekends and public holidays. There is an elephant in the study where my computer is. It goes to work on weekdays.

Today, the 125th day, I gave away one of my favourite blouses. It was cobalt blue, a soft knitted piece. The reason why I decided to give it away was because it was a bit low cut for me. In the last year, I have a problem wearing anything that’s more than 3 inches below my neck.

Yesterday I gave away a pair of syrup brown corduroy pants, hardly used. It was too tight for me.

On 1st July Sat, I threw away lip balm that’s probably expired because it was making my lips itchy.

On 30th June, I threw away an old coral lipstick. I have this tendency to not throw things until they’re finally used up or totally broken. I’ve had this lipstick for about 5 years and it’s only half used but it’s starting to make my lips itch so I figure it’s about time to get rid of it.

Speaking of using things till their broken, on Thur, Wed and Tue, I threw away 3 pairs of shoes.

3 pairs of shoes

The heel of a lovely new pair of black shoes keeps getting unglued. I’m fed up of glueing it back. I wore my blue uniqlo shoes till the soles cracked and there are holes in the front. The light blue shoes are so old, it discoloured.

From 22nd to 26th June, I recycled 5 t-shirts.

From Sat 17th June to 21st June, I recycled 5 Nora Roberts/JD Robb novels. I used to love her books, always waiting for the next to be out. But in the last few years, I don’t know, romance seems more like fantasy. Unreal. Still I’ve kept a few of my favourites. In case I start believing in romance again.

For 11th to 16th June, I recycled 6 Janet Evanovich books. Same reasons as above.

On 10th June, I recycled a quirky orange handbag which I bought in my 30s. I kept it for so long because it was still in good condition. I gave it away because I realised I’m not the same person anymore.


On the 9th of June I threw out a box of dried paint. I took up water colours in my early 40s. I should have guessed paints dry up.

100th day

Today I threw out Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus. I bought this maybe a decade ago for my husband. I wanted him to realise how men and women think differently. He never read it. Today is also my birthday.

Yesterday I gave away a book of Nigerian folk tales. There was a time in my mid 20s to mid 40s that I collected children’s books. I bought this in one of the 2nd hand bookshops in London. I love those shops! Could spend hours in them.

On the 6th, I gave away Agikuya folk tales. Living in Asia, African stories seem exotic. Sad to say, there was always something else I wanted to read so I never got round to read it.

On the 5th, I gave away a book about St Theresa of Avila. I feel bad doing this but I doubt I’d read it so might as well pass it to someone who will.

From 4th – 1st June, I gave away Unearthly, An abundance of Katherines, The inlet and A lick of Frost. I like young adult fiction though I’m no longer a young adult. I guess it lets me dream.

On Wed 31st May, I gave away a bridesmaid dress that I wore in my 20s. It’s a lovely violet dress in Thai silk. I kept thinking there’ll be another chance to wear it but it’s way too tight for me now!

From 30th to 23rd May, I threw away old winter clothes- a kids’ jacket, a low cut jumper, a stripy jumper, kids thermal, thermal pants, a pair of leather gloves that must have shrunk because I can’t put my hands in them anymore, a pair of washed out gloves and 1 single glove.

wedding dinner

On 22nd May I gave away the green dress I bought for my wedding more than 2 decades ago. It was very expensive and I looked very sophisticated in it. I had saved it hoping I would be slim enough to wear it again but alas, this is not going to happen.

On the 21st, I gave away an unused leather backpack my husband bought for me decades ago which I never used because the empty bag itself is too heavy.

On 19th and 20th, I threw away 2 half used miniature perfume. I have this thing about using something up before I discard it. But I took so long, these 2 bottles were literally decaying before my eyes.

On 18th May, I threw away colourful plastic hair clips. I bought them in my early 40s because they made me look young. Now at 55, I think they make me look demented.



78th day

Today, I threw away a jewelled hair clip which I used to use for formal functions. I normally didn’t have time (nor interest) to do much to my hair so it came really handy! Just clipping my hair at the back suddenly made me look a bit more glamourous. I bought it¬†maybe 10 years ago. I haven’t used it in ages mainly because I haven’t gone out to such such functions in ages. Then the other day I noticed it looked tired. I could see the in-between parts were yellowing.

Yesterday I threw away an old thermal top. I bought this probably 1 -2¬†decades ago before Uniqlo existed! It’s woollen, heavy duty and still usable though a bit itchy. I was saving it in case we went on a winter holiday. There’s never enough thermals for all of us on a winter holiday. But I realise the kids will never wear it. And honestly, with Heat tech weighing 1/10th of this China made thermal, I don’t want to wear it¬†too.

On 15th May, I threw away a yellow oriental pouch. I think I’ve only used it once but oriental design isn’t quite my style. By the way, when I say “throw away”, this includes recycling/donation to the poor.

oriental pouch
Oriental pouch

On 14th May, I threw away the fur trim of my kid’s winter jacket which I had already given away!

On 13th May, I got rid of another pair of old glasses.

The strange thing is all this minimising/throwing away is actually helping. A few nights ago, when I couldn’t sleep, I started thinking about what I could throw away. I visualised different parts of my house, the boxes in my attic to see what could be gotten rid of and the process was calming. I fell asleep thinking about it. Much better than counting sheep.

73rd day

Today I threw away 3 fridge magnets. They gave 10 to my daughter to sell when she was in the school but we only managed to sell 4. I kept 3 for the girls, 1 each.

Yesterday I threw away 2¬†clay decorative alphabets M and D – the kind you stick on bedroom doors. We bought these about 10 years ago when we still shopped as a family. We bought an alphabet for each of us including ‘M’ for our helper Mary but she didn’t want it. ‘D’ was meant for me but I didn’t know where to put it.

On Wednesday, I threw away an airline toothbrush. We have so many of these which I’ve been saving.

On the 70th day, Tuesday, I threw away 2¬†of those free hotel hair brushes which I’d also been saving. But none of my kids want them for their holidays.

On 8th May, I threw away a glass perfume bottle given to my eldest daughter which she has never wanted but which I kept because it was pretty.

On 7th May, I threw away a pretty clay angel statue. Again this was a gift to the same daughter. I guess she’s not much into decorations.

On 6th May, I threw away a bottle of shampoo I had left behind in a bathroom I no longer use.

66th day

Today I threw away an eyebrow remover thingy. I bought it maybe 5 years¬†ago thinking it’ll be so easy to shape my brows but in the end I never used it because it looked so complicated.

Yesterday, I threw away this tube of moisturiser I purposely bought for a winter trip to New York maybe 6 years ago.

On Wed 3rd May I threw away a pink sleeveless singlet. I used to like wearing it because it made me feel sexy.

On Tue, I threw away a wallet which was probably more than 10 years old. It had mould on it. I used it for travelling so I wouldn’t have to empty whatever¬†current wallet I was using.

On 1st May, I threw away Calamine lotion I bought for Isa when she was about 9 or 10. During those days,¬†haha even now, her skin is terribly sensitive and she’d get rashes often.

On Sunday, I threw away insect repellant that was almost used up.

On 29th April, the 60th day, I threw away 2 tubes of Lamisil. I’m not even sure what they’re for. But they must have been for something I had often.

On Fri, I threw away a bottle of Tiger balm oil I bought¬†when the kids were toddlers. It’s good for stomach aches.

On 27th April, I threw away Panadol caplets. They are smaller than normal panadol so easier to swallow. I bought them for Isa during that in-between time Рwhen she was too old to take syrup medicine but adult tablets were too big to swallow.

On 26th April, I threw away some random pills. Can’t even remember what they’re for.

On 25th Tue, I threw away an old lipstick. My lipsticks last a long time because I seldom use them. After more than 4 years, they start to ‘sting’ my lips. That’s when I think¬†maybe it’s time to¬†throw it away.

55th day

Today I threw away a postcard I had saved for 25 years. It was the card I used to send invitations for my wedding. We were trying to save money and got married cheaply – I had a short white dress instead of long. We had a small Chinese tea ceremony in the afternoon.¬†Our wedding dinner was in a Chinese restaurant for 20 people. I didn’t have ushers or girlfriends helping me plan or anything like that. And¬†I bought 20 of these postcards to send invitations to friends.

Yesterday, I threw earphones which came with my Samsung phone about 4 years ago. I never used the ear phones so I recently gave them to my daughter who needed them. But when she wore them, she said she a bit of an electric shock. So I’m throwing them away.

On Sat 22nd April, I threw away a chair that’s so old the ‘skin’ on the back and seat was almost entirely peeled off. The reason why we kept it was because it was holding bags of stuff. The reason why I threw the chair was because I was expecting potential buyers of our house to see the place and I wanted to make the house look nice.

On 21st, I threw away wet wipes. I didn’t check if it was expired but the packaging was brown! So I figured it must be pretty old.

On 20th I threw away an unused tube of plastic wrap – the kind you wrap school books with. I had been keeping it for years because it was ‘sayang’ to throw it away. You never know when you might want to wrap books right? But since then, the school bookshop sold fitted plastic book wraps so I never needed this sheet and I was the one doing the wrapping anyway. And it was a chore having to measure and everything.

On Wed, the 50th day, I threw away anticeptic. Yes this was expired.

From 15th to 18th April, I threw away old unused xmas and birthday cards. I’m not planning ¬†on sending cards to anyone except maybe my eldest in the next 1 year.

On 14th April, I threw away a cute set of He + She key rings which I got at a wedding dinner.

On 13th I threw away paper bags.

On 11th and 12th April, I threw away a red tumbler and a black water bottle. The red tumbler was one of those the kids get free from school which comes with a tooth brush to encourage them to brush their teeth. But no one uses the tumbler. As for the water bottle, we have at least 6 more in the cupboard!


38th day

Today I threw a Pepsi water bottle. Yesterday I threw away old foundation (make-up) that’s maybe 10 years old. The day before I threw away one of those free sachets of moisturiser. The day before that, I threw away an old hair dye stick.