Three reasons I want to manage my hoarding

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Three reasons I want to manage my hoarding:

I don't like to admit, but feel like my hoarding is out of control

I want to retrieve my sense of what is truly important

I don't want my family to have to deal with all this stuff after I die (no, I am not at death's door - good Lord willing and the creek don't rise : )

Sigh - I have to maintain motivation!

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    Yeah. It's going to be nice once I can actually walk all over my house shuffling, without having to lift my feet to step over something!

    Someday... *sigh*....
    2913 days ago
    Hi SUNSETINAZ. I was happy to see your post on my page. I haven't been reading my e-mails and wanted to read all I have gotten from my Spark Friends.

    I worked as a stocker the last two jobs that I worked and I loved it. It dawned on me that FlyLady and stocking were very much alike. I worked for 9 years at a Big Lots store. They do not have a set space for their stock. As long as all the paper towel brands were in one area, you could make a space and put a brand in that area and label the shelves with the price.

    We had to remove opened packages or tape them up and were supposed to remove broken items to be written off the store's inventory. Basically, my "AH HAH" moment was, This is what I should do at my house. Recently, a microwave that was my daughter's in college quit working and I saved the glass turntable and the ring that went under it, but the microwave went to the dump. I brought up my Mom's old microwave from the basement, but the turntable I had saved is too big and so is the ring that went under it. Yesterday, my husband said he had some sweatshirts that don't fit right and I have a set of sheets that our dog pulled the hem loose on one side of the flat sheet and tore a hole in the fitted sheet. My daughter left the pillowcases to this sheet set in Vermont. Our son took the sweatshirts, the sheets can go to The Humane Society and be used for dogs that are having puppies and the microwave pieces to The Salvation Army Thrift Store.

    I keep one box, we call "The blessing box" and I put in it what is still useful, but not to us. I may stick a note between items if they will go to different destinations. I try to get the stuff to where it goes as soon as possible so I can't change my mind and keep the stuff.

    At Big Lots, they would reduce the price on things that were still usable if part of it had been stolen or broken, the rest was written off. Shelf space was needed to display items. I liked my job because I was constantly creating order on the shelves.

    FlyLady has 27 Fling Boogies where she gets rid of 27 pieces of paper or things. Try doing 5 daily. The number is not important, it is getting yourself into the habit of looking at what you have, that really needs to go, say underwear with holes in them or socks with holes in them, pantyhose with runners, chipped plates, cups or saucers.

    You teach yourself to do things differently a little at a time.
    2913 days ago
  • TRIGIRL7570
    Don't feel too bad about this. Alot of people have this issue-especially my mom, who's house I can barely walk in because of the piles and piles of stuff she can't let go of.
    I do notice that, with myself, I keep bringing stuff in daily. I'm working hard to try to donate TWO things for every one thing I bring in, until I feel like it's under control again.
    Aquiring things gives us comfort. It makes us feel loved and abundant and renewed when it's in balance. When it's not, we drown quickly. I try to remember that just because it's perfectly good, it may not be perfect for ME and my space. By holding on to it, someone else who can really use it and benefit may not get that chance.
    Good luck to you!! I wish you good Feng Sui! ;o)
    2913 days ago
    AMEN... emoticon LYNN:)
    2913 days ago
    I imagine hoarding is quite difficult to deal with. I try to keep only a few things that have special meaning for me. I avhe gotten rid of a lot of "stuff" over the past few years. I was finally tired of living around it. I was not a hoarder but thre was stuff I didn't want to part with for no good reason when I analyzed it. I was saving it for no reason. I don't have anyone to leave it children, no other family. Once it was gone I didn't miss it. Just take it one day at a time. try to weed things out slowly.
    2913 days ago
    I have gotten rid of lots of stuff on a regular basis... lightens my life!
    2913 days ago
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