Before and After Hoarder - One Room Down

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Hi – My name is Allie. I am a Hoarder. I must admit it when I look at the picture I took of my bedroom.

Here is my bedroom a month ago in the usual state when I throw everything in there when either trying to de-clutter the closet or another room, or someone has to come into the condo and I have to throw everything in there from the living room and shut the door. In this picture there are a lot of clothes but in other cases it is boxes and kitchen stuff and who knows what else from the other rooms. Then I am too tired to clear off the bed and just sleep on the couch until I get the energy to move the stuff out to somewhere else. This room has actually looked worse than this with even more piled on the floor.

These are pictures I took today of my bedroom. As you can see the cats are very happy, as am I. Today I actually can walk over to the window without having to step over or clear out a bunch of stuff to get there. Today the room looks so big to me although it is only 9’x12’. I keep my bed against the corner wall so I have more room and have a wall shelf for my books, lamp, phone, and c-pap machine for my sleep apnea. I like having a sunny spot for my African violets. As you can see I like flowers and plants. I can open my old secretary desk to set my table easel on when I paint. I have plenty of storage now that I have cleared the junk out of all the drawers. I have not gotten around to getting the right curtain rod for my curtains but at least I have something over the windows, which I cleaned last week. I have my collection of depression glass and other items from the antique market on the chest and my mother’s old silver comb and brush set on the dresser. I have had that cherry bedroom set since I was about 14 but the iron bed is recent. Got it for a good price since it was a double, not a queen, and I just love it - fits exactly in that spot. The room is probably still a little cluttered but orderly and looks like a bedroom, not a junk heap.

I am showing these pictures as proof to myself, and to any of you that are also hoarders, that it is indeed possible to clean up your space. WHERE THERE IS A WILL, THERE IS A WAY! Now I have almost finished the walk–in closet and will blog a picture of that soon. The mind is willing but the body is harder to get with the program. The chiro unpinched my back again this morning so I am good for another round of de-cluttering. On to the rest of the condo! Stay tuned for more photos!! After 10 years in this condo with the place slowly spiralling down into a cluttered embarrassing overwhelming mess, it is a new decade, a new me. When I had my fortune told (see March 18 blog) the reader said I had a lot of “stuff” that was holding me back and it was up to me to do something about it. With Sparks' motivation I have found the SPARK to make it happen. Woo Hoo!!
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    I grew up in a house where no one was invited over because of the condition. Piles of clothes in the hallways, bags of unsorted items stacked up, piles on the kitchen counters. Finally in my teen years things got better, but it doesn't change the mentality that was ingrained in me as I grew up. If it's usable, don't throw it away. Don't invite anyone over. Feel shame if someone stops by unexpectedly. My roommate is always so confused at my reaction when he tells me someone is stopping by in x-hours.

    So now as an adult I have to constantly battle those urges to save everything. I felt myself slipping in to it recently and quickly moved from one bedroom to another only taking the items with me I needed. Now that I have the items I "need" in my new bedroom, I saw quickly that the other things were just weighing me down. It's funny how belongings can actually weigh you down mentally.

    What a wonderful thing you've done for yourself! (And the furry family!) Seeing something like that is an inspiration. Keep up the lovely work!
    2795 days ago
  • IXCHEL23
    WOW! What a transformation! How brave of you to post pics. You did this all on your own? That's great if you did! You must feel like a BIG load is lifted off your shoulders! I know everytime bags and stuff go to charity I actually feel 'lighter'. I think the key is to stop bringing and buying stuff into the house. With my husb out of work I have curbed my shopping way DOWN. I'm learning to make use of what I already have and be resourceful. I find I already have many things or find substitutes that work just as well. Thanks for the inspiration, my basement is a disaster but hopefully I'll get it cleared. My sons want a place to play and they deserve it.
    2796 days ago
    emoticon You did a great job!

    I think it is very brave of you to post the before photo. I think I might be too embarrassed to do so, but maybe just taking before photos for me to refer to will help me be more motivated to get rid of my clutter!

    Keep up the good work!

    - Karen
    2796 days ago
    It looks like a lived in room---and that is what you want your home to be--not a show room. Great job on the decluttering and keep up the good work! You can do this! It really does help us along our journeys.
    2796 days ago
    Good job. I know you are happy with your progress. I am working at de-cluttering too. It is a big job.

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    2808 days ago
    Amazing job! I know this was quite the task but look at the stunning results. I have no doubt you will get through the rest of your condo by the end of the summer!

    2808 days ago
    emoticon Finally, room for the kitties!
    2809 days ago
    Your bedroom is beautiful! You inspire me!
    2809 days ago
    What a sweet room you have! It feels good to do nice things for yourself, doesn't it? Flylady has helped me the past few years to just get started, and if you're new at it, take baby steps. In the Scriptures: "Do not despise small beginnings". That gives me permission to know I don't have to climb Mount Everest in one day. Happy new YOU! emoticon
    2811 days ago

    You have a beautiful bedroom there! It looks cozy, comfortable, and inviting. I love the pink walls, the plants by the window, and the very pretty bedspread.

    The cats are great, too! I enjoy having my cats sleeping on my bed.

    Congratulations on the cleaning up you have done. Personally, I hate to clean up - so I appreciate how difficult it can be -- especially getting started. The results, though, are always delightful. And I do appreciate how it feels once the room is fixed up.

    I hope you bask in the enjoyment of your bedroom now!

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    2812 days ago
    You are amazing. Hoarding is a hard habit to break, but you've really made good progress! The fortune teller was right. Too much stuff weighs you down. I find it depressing to have clutter around me. I love to donate stuff to charity or just give it to friends. Sometimes we put old furniture out on the curb and let the neighbors pick it up. Now that you've started, the next room will be easier. I love your cats. I'll bet they are enjoying the clear spaces, too.
    2812 days ago
    Bless you Allie. I grew up in a "hoarding home" and it's a really intense psychological issue not only for the person doing the hoarding, but the family. My mother took comfort having her things around her, but it frightened me as a child. I think you're doing amazingly. You have a beautiful home...and before you know it you will be able to enjoy it fully. There's comfort to be had from a decluttered home. I look around now a little sadly and realize that I've got some decluttering of my own to do. You're an inspiration, dear. Keep up the good work...
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    2812 days ago
    Allie, I am so proud of you! You are now on with the next chapter of your life and it will be easy for you to tackle the rest. I knew you could do it!

    2812 days ago
    How did you get into my house and take the first photo? emoticon Wow! You are amazing!!! I am going to take a before photo and then someday I'll have an after one too!

    Thank you so much for sharing. We are not alone in our weight loss challenges or our life challenges.

    You ROCK!
    2812 days ago
    This is great progress! Awesome job!
    2812 days ago
    That looks great!!! And the cats look mighty happy too emoticon
    2812 days ago
  • CAMELA_55
    Congratulations! You have a beautiful home.
    Thanks for sharing that!
    2812 days ago
    Lovely! Where is the stuff? Gone or just moved to another spot in the condo? Hopefully most of it is gone! Buddy would like to sleep on your bed but not with the cats. He pretend he did not see them and find a spot on the floor.
    2812 days ago
    emoticon a reading chair by a window!!!!!!

    Love it!!!

    Well done.

    Keep rockin' the journey!

    2812 days ago
    The room looks beautiful You did a great job.
    I have a secretary that is like yours. I love the bed.
    A dresser scarf, my mother always had them.
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    2812 days ago
    What a world of difference, congrats on all of your hard work!
    2812 days ago
    wow! what a great job! i know that had to be a tiresome, difficult task - but you DID it! emoticon
    2812 days ago
    Allie, this is great. Looking at the before picture, I don't really think you are a hoarder, but if identifying yourself as such helps you do this, then so be it! You are doing GREAT! Say to yourself with a Tony the Tiger voice, "I'm GREAT!"

    I had a neighbor who was a hoarder, and after she was evicted, seeing all the stuff that was brought out of her tiny house was both fascinating and horrifying. Hoarders even keep trash, and lots of it. After seeing that poor woman's things out in the yard I did some internet research. One place to see some pictures of how hoarders live is on the website "Squalor Survivors."
    2812 days ago
  • JAZZIE28
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    You've done a fantastic job and in only a month WOW!. Your before picture made me say out loud Oh No! because my bedroom will look like in a matter of a few weeks, if I don't start to clean it up NOW! That goes for my entire apartment as well.
    Thank you for the jolt.

    2812 days ago
    You did that in a month? Wow. Congratulations. What an inspiration. Keep us posted in blogs about your continuing progress.
    2812 days ago
    YOU DID IT!!! Great job!
    Those photos, and the public admission that you are a hoarder, took an amazing amount of courage to publish. I really admire you for that. I need the same kind of motivation to get rid of all the stuff I have been holding onto for years. My piles may not be nearly as high, but no matter what their size, they are still weighing me down.

    My husband and I are considering reflooring our home. In that event, we would have to take everything out and only the important items would be put back in. It would be a perfect opportunity to get rid of STUFF we don't need.

    Thanks for the wonderful inspiration.
    2813 days ago
  • OPAL50
    Allie, your room looks BEAUTIFUL!!! emoticon Now that you have uncluttered your space, you must be so proud. That feeling will translate into being proud of your new healthy attitude. emoticon
    I LOVE the picture of your African violet blooms. (reminds me of my mom)
    2813 days ago
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