Am I a Hoarder?
Have you watched the TV show Hoarders? I don’t watch it often and for many reasons. It is a sad show. I ran across Mrs. Accountabilities post Hoarding vs Clean House. She is so right when she asks the question Are both shows about hoarding?
When I look around our tiny home I wonder if I’m a hoarder? Our house has TOO much stuff inside of it; we are always walking over and around things. I try to purge when I can, but if you see the box of newspaper and paper in the corner of our living room you may wonder (we don’t do curbside recycling where I currently live so I have to drive to recycle and I don’t do it as often as I should!). Or the small box by the trashcan filled with aluminum cans (yes, I just found a relatively CLOSE place to recycle our alumnim- actually we’re donating it to the city to raise money to build a park).
I hate doing laundry- so you might see stacks of unfolded laundry in baskets because I just don’t have the energy to fold it and put it away. And DO NOT go into our kids room because their toys are never actually IN their toybox but strung all over the floor (or piled in my sons bed!!). And chances are the laundry I DID put away is unworn all over their floor as well. Their drawers will be hanging open and clothes will be spilling out even though they were all nicely shut when I put that clean laundry away!
I hate housework and sometimes I don’t do the best job at keeping up, and by I, I really mean WE.
But to look at the storage area under my stairs- ummmm maybe we could get rid of some of that.
AND we purchased a huge storage container in 2009. Every time I go out there I try to purge a few more boxes. I’m able to let a little bit go (like our furniture that had been in storage for 2 years- I gave to a relative’s friend when Brian wanted to torch it!)
It may just be me, but there are some things I just can’t get rid of. But every time I go to the storage container I find something I can part with to either Goodwill or a family member in need.
So maybe it is REALLY good that I’m joining the Declutter Challenge over at the Ultimate Money Blog! If you think you may be heading toward hoarding, go ahead and join us. Declutter 365 items in 2011- it’s JUST one item a day!
Do you have a soft part in your heart for old memories? Or do you purge regularly?