My Most Interesting Hobby

What is my most favorite hobby?

I'll have to think for a while before answering this question. The reason is that I have quite a few things on my list of favorites.

Well, I could say reading is my favorite pastime. Or better still, making a creative object out of what you may call ‘trash’ is something I would love to do. Wait, I know what I like to do the most in my spare time. Cleaning the house and assigning a proper place for all the things at home is my most favorite hobby.

It all started a few years ago when I began to feel a lack (not loss) of memory –the usual “don’t –remember- where- I kept -that” stuff- and wanted to become more organized. So I decided to clean up my house, dispensing with anything and everything I thought wasn’t necessary.


I started with the children's room. I was shocked to find it full of unnecessary things that my children weren't using anymore. I decided that I had to clear the room of the unwanted stuff so that there would be a lot of space for existing or new things. I began rummaging through the drawers clearing them of all the clutter and was happy to see the result once I finished.

Then it was the master bedroom that I literally invaded. I had a tough time cleaning it up removing the old stuff that had gone unnoticed all these days. Then it was the living room and then the kitchen. The guest room of course was already clean and free of clutter, so there was not much work for me to do there. Oh! I heaved a big sigh of relief at the end of it all.

I did succeed in eliminating the waste from the all the rooms and I was really surprised at the way things had gone for me. The house looked spic-and-span and had an all-new look to it. The family was amazed by the conspicuous change too. Everyone was happy.

Suddenly there was a question from one of the family members,”Hey, how did you get rid of the clutter? Where did you find place to dump so much of waste?” I had no intention to answer that very important question.



Everything in its place

It was sheer coincidence that some relatives were visiting us the following week. We decided to put them up in the guest room that was quite spacious. The day of their arrival came and we were sure that everything was going as per plan and that we would make their stay at our home a very pleasant one. Finally they arrived; they were all praise for the way the house looked and appreciated my aesthetic sense.

It was rather unfortunate (for me) that they needed an extra room if that was possible. Everyone was of the opinion that they could use the little room that was my ‘work room’ as it was needed only for a few days. I protested (in private of course) but in vain. My family members had already decided to clear the room a bit for the guests’ use.


Answer to 'the' question

It was at this moment that all their questions about the waste from cleaning the house were answered. My room was overflowing with all and sundry, all the clutter having gone into this little room which no one cared to enter.

This is the way my near and dear ones discovered that all the unwanted things had been dumped into my little work room because I had decided to use them ‘later’ for creating interesting things from them as that was another of my leisure activities. They had a good laugh over the entire issue. Of course the guests were explained that it was too small a room to occupy. Thankfully they never asked to see the room!


A lesson learned

After this episode I learned a good lesson. It is always better to have a regular hobby that would let you spend your leisure time usefully rather than one that you would plan later by dumping unwanted things transferring the clutter in your home from one place to another. I was quite happy by this realization after which I refrained from dumping junk items onto my work space for my 'future' hobbies.

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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Interesting and useful lesson, Rema. Clearing clutter regularly is the best option, though most of us keep delaying it till it becomes unmanageable.

Voted up & useful.

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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India Author

Thanks very much Rajan for the comment. Clearing clutter is one of the things that takes a lot of our otherwise 'productive' time so to say. So regular cleaning and clearing always helps. Cheers, Rema.

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Very enjoyable read my friend; I'll be interested in hearing what your new hobby is!

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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India Author

Ha Ha, I have not ventured into anything new Bill, especially after the almost disastrous incident - it was fun and frolic for my family at MY expense lol - I have been quite careful and think twice before taking up any leisure activity.

Anyway I am not the type who would easily be subdued - something might just come up that interests me ;)

Thank you very much for the visit and the kind words. Very nice of you. Cheers, Rema.

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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Hi Rema, In with the new and out with the old. I couldn't say that enough. My favorite hobby is also reading...hubs :)

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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India Author

Hi Linda,

Of course, getting rid of old things is such a big relief and I feel refreshed in a way. I know that your favorite hobby is reading hubs Linda. You are a 'one of a kind' hubber and a beautiful person. Thanks for taking the time to visit my hub. Cheers, Rema.

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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Hi rema, this definitely sounds like me too! lol! I 'save' things for later, presumably coming back to the to make something useful, to no avail I am afraid! now I constantly try and clear out all the rubbish, but never books, books I give away by leaving them in a bag outside my door with a not saying, 'please take me for free' they have gone in about half hour! lol! books should be for sharing, as its knowledge, thanks nell

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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India Author

I couldn't agree with you more Nell. You have now given me a very good idea about how to dispose of my old books (there are lots of them). Much to the chagrin of my husband, I wouldn't part with them LOL! The books that my children have read are as good as new, so I am preserving them for future use.

I just don't have the heart to - I don't even want to say the word- 'get rid' of them because it is knowledge that we are parting with as you rightly said.

But what if the person who collects it at the door does not know the value of reading? They may simply sell the books for a few bucks. I am sure this may not happen there in your country just as it would here.

How about donating these to a library? I am having serious thoughts about this. If the books are in an okay condition, I think this can be done. Thank you very much for your time Nell. It's a real pleasure interacting with you. Cheers, Rema.

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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

I could really identify with this Hub! I am terrible about just moving things around in my house. I'm too sentimental to throw away things my children and grandchildren have made for me. Sometimes I think I am a "borderline" hoarder! I still have my childrens books on my shelves.

I don't call my stuff junk, I call it memories.

Great Hub, I voted it UP, etc.etc.

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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India Author

Hi Mary,

Thank you very much for stopping by and giving your opinion about this topic. The hardest part of clearing up our home is this. We don't want to throw away old letters, gifts from our children however old they may seem because we don't want to part with them being sentimental. You are not alone in this. Thanks for the votes too. Cheers, Rema.

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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

Thanks for the advice on eliminating the unnecessary.....sometimes we do get taken in by these hobbies!! It's good to keep ourselves conscious of the clutter we may inadvertently accumulate. I have the same problem and could use this! Shared!

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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India Author

Thank you very much Michelle for the awesome comment and the share. Much appreciated! Cheers, Rema.

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coffeegginmyrice 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

I like clearing clutter and enjoy organizing. But isn't it a pain in the (what do you call that? Never mind.) if we are the only ones doing it. Anyways, we are super moms, right? Right!

Thanks for sharing your thoughts and clutter-free skills, remaniki! Enjoy a clutter-free day!

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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India Author

Ha ha coffeegginmyrice, you are absolutely right...In fact I enjoy doing it alone because doing it with someone's help (esp with your better half) always leads to arguments and debate about what to keep and what not to :)

Just imagine, if I had done the above exercise with my husband, none of the clutter that went into my work room would have gone there, they would have gone straight to the trash bin.

Anyway, thank you so much for your interesting input. Cheers, Rema.

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Nyamache 4 years ago from Kenya

Thanks very much for sharing this. There are things that people throw out of their homes not knowing how useful they can be. They can be turned in making things that we spent money buying.

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ishwaryaa22 4 years ago from Chennai, India

An engaging hub! I have parents, who are born organized and hardly have any clutter-problem! It is important for many to be well-organized and learn how to make the best of their hobbies without involving unnecessary things in them. A well-written hub with views well-presented by you!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Interesting. Voted up

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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India Author

Hi Nyamache,

Thanks for the visit and sharing your views on this topic. Cheers, Rema.

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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India Author

Hi Ishwaryaa22,

Thank you very much for your great input. Very true. To be well-organized is a true blessing. Thanks for the votes and the share. Cheers, Rema.

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janesix 2 years ago

I like a clean house but as a hobby? That's cute:)

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