Do you watch those hoarding shows and say to yourself, how can they live like that? Well, I must admit that I am about 1 pile away from going down that path. I have certain dispositions that lean that way. Every so often I say to myself, I am going to get organized once and for all! I even bought a few books about organizing, which unfortunately became part of the clutter. On those times when I am motivated to really “get serious” I get an adrenaline rush and like a mad woman start cleaning and bleaching and organizing (which really just turns out to be me reshuffling papers from one place to another). I work feverishly all day until I am simply worn out and my back is aching. And with a cleaning lady halo over my head I vow that it will stay like this FOREVER. Sadly the halo fades pretty quickly and within a week or two the gremlins are back at work.
As I watched the show “Buried Alive: Hoarders” I identified 5 behaviors that I have in common with the people on the show.
1. I get easily overwhelmed by the clutter and become paralyzed.
2. I tell my self that I am going to recycle things. Eventually those things just end up in the trash and I feel bad that I didn’t follow through with my plans to recycle.
3. I tell myself that I can fix this, why throw it away. All I need is a sander and some paint and the right tools.
4. That pile goes to the Goodwill (this one I actually do quite often). Anyone have a gold sticker for me?
5. I tell myself that if I buy the right containers then I can get it all organized the way it should be.
a. I think the container store loves the pre-hoarders. Don’t fall for it. You need to organize first, before you purchase the containers, otherwise it just aides you into containing the clutter not getting rid of it. At least that’s what it says in one of those books I read, if only I could get my hands on it.
Here is my solution. I will treat this like I treated my weight loss.
1. Start small
2. Change one habit at a time. For my weight loss it was ditching the fries at the fast food and then eliminating the soft drinks, then walking and so on. For my “Don’t Become a Hoarder Campaign”, I am creating a plan for each room. I started today by emptying the dishwasher and putting up a sign reminding myself and anyone else to put their dish in the dishwasher and run it once full. I will give this a whole month to become a habit.
3. Don’t give up or beat myself up when things seem to go backwards. Just get back on the horse.
4. Reach out for help. Just like I did when I signed up for Spark. I have a couple of friends (whom I know will not judge me) that are very organized. I am sure they would be more than willing to help me. One of them actually has the clothes in her closet organized by color. I am fighting the urge here to run right out to the container store and buy one of those neat little closet organizers. By now you may know what will happen to that. It will stay in that box gathering dust and adding to the clutter, because of course I don’t have the right tools.
5. Good news: My solution list is shorter than my hoarder list!
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