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Hoarding Tendencies

Monday, July 18, 2011

I have about four weeks now until my move. I've started packing, and it's a little overwhelming, because I have WAY too much stuff...I'm not kidding. I'm really kind of worried that one day I'm going to end up being like those people on the tv show "Hoarders." Again, I'm not even kidding. I'm already obsessive compulsive and have anxiety disorder and ADD...which is in fact the recipe for an eventual hoarder.

If you saw my bedroom, you would understand that I'm not over exaggerating. The more I work to clean it out, the more that I can see that the hoarding tendency is already there, which is why I feel like I need to take some steps to keep myself from really going down that road. Before I move I'm going to try to get rid of everything that I don't actually need or want in my new apartment.

I'm actually getting rid of some of the video games that I haven't played in forever, and the books that have just been sitting around gathering dust. I'm even planning on getting rid of some of my older sewing projects that have just been hanging in the closet, despite my feelings of attachment for them (usually I would never get rid of something that I had sewn myself). I think maybe I'll give them to the Weatherford College drama department, that way I'll at least know where they are and that they might at least be put to good use.

And of course I'm getting rid of the complete junk and garbage that's been accumulating everywhere. I'd actually love to cut the amount of stuff I own in half, if possible.

I think I'm actually doing pretty well, really. I've already filled up several boxes of stuff I want to get rid of.

But then there are still things that I am very attached to, and can't bring myself to get rid of. I've been slowly pairing down my childhood stuffed animal collection over the years, but there's still a big bag of them left. Of course, I think at this point what's left are things that have some sort of significance - they were sewn by my great grandmother, etc...I can't get rid of those, right? Still, they're doing me no good sitting in a bag in the closet. Maybe I should give them to my nieces...I'm just concerned that they won't be taken care of properly -_-;;

And then there's the stuff I just don't know what to do with! Namely, boxes of trolls and beanie babies that have been sitting in the garage for over ten years and that NO ONE wants. I guess I could make one last ditch effort to sell them at a garage sale, and then just take whatever is left to Good Will, or some other charity.

At any rate, I've got to do something about this. Hopefully I can avoid eventually becoming one of those people who have to climb over a mountain of junk just to get into their house and have hundreds of rats infesting their kitchen, if I just learn to get rid of stuff NOW.


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MIRDREAMS 7/22/2011 11:05AM

    Oh, I like the idea of throwing at least one thing a day away. I have a dead plant that's been sitting on my table for a few weeks now (it didn't fare well when we went away for a weekend). I was going to use the pot for another plant but you know what, it's garbage and I'm going to toss it. I hate starting to clean or throw stuff out but once I get a roll and I see the space I'm reclaiming I get into a "Me vs Them" (them being the stuff) zone where I relish chucking things. It helps if you take pictures of things you love, like the stuffed animals before giving them away. That way they're not gone as talismans, just as actual objects.

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VTSKIER805 7/18/2011 6:41PM

    I try to throw away or put away one thing each day. Some days an item of clothing goes in my Goodwill bag, other days I pick up a scrap of paper that fell off my desk and file or toss it. I have more stuff than one person would ever need and I'm trying to simplify a bit so I have less to worry about when I eventually move!

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SUE5007 7/18/2011 4:54PM

    You just have to make it a regular event, twice a year to purge what you haven't been using.
Lots of times it's easier when you know what you are purging is going to Good Will or a shelter for women and children...something like that. But just throwing it away? That is what is hard for hoarders. And the more you do it, the easier it gets.

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SOSMEGOD 7/18/2011 4:50PM

    I think you've taken a very good first step. I've always followed this rule when we moved, If I haven't used it in a year it's gotta go. As for sentimental things I allow myself one rubbermaid, I fill it up with only those things that I truely treasure. Everything else needs a new home....Good Luck with your packing and moving.

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