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I've been doing well with the decluttering. Not going to question the motivation, just glad it's there.

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Got a craving? Mindfulness may help.
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The call of the wild is one thing. The call of the chocolate chip cookie is quite another. Cravings sometimes have a way of rendering the best of intentions null and void. Whether you’re trying to cut down on sugar or trying to quit smoking, mindfulness techniques may help you manage your cravings, and new research explains how they work. In a common form of mindfulness meditation, you sit comfortably and focus on your breathing. Instead of judging or getting carried away by thoughts, sensations, and emotions that arise, you practice simply noticing them, with acceptance and kindness. In a mindfulness technique called a body scan, you close your eyes and pay attention to each part of your body, slowly working your way from your toes up to your head, noticing sensations and any thoughts or feelings that come up. According to the study, mindfulness techniques like these involve a part of the brain that also contributes to cravings. If you feel a craving coming on, it’s possible to interrupt it using a mindfulness technique. Over time, practicing mindfulness may help you become more aware of your body and mind, more accepting of uncomfortable feelings, and less impulsive and reactive, all of which can help you manage cravings.
~From an e-mail from the Cleveland Clinic

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“If you don’t love it, need it, or use it… It’s clutter.”
—Kerri L. Richardson, What Your Clutter is Trying to Tell You

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"When our desire is to give instead of get, our core belief is that we have so much abundance, we can afford to give it away. The subconscious mind takes its clue from our core beliefs, and brilliantly manufactures situations that reflect them. Our willingness to give directs the universe to give to us." ~ Mariane Williamson

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11/15/18 3:10 A

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Happy memories....hugs....nice. :)

If the mind mends, the body will follow.

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Yeah, it is hard. But it's life. We all have loss. We all have heartache. I try to remember that it's because we had great love that we feel the loss so deeply. I've been trying to find the gratitude for the love and happy memories with Mike and with my dogs & my Dad and 4 of my dear friends. That works better for me than anything else I've tried! Eating didn't help. Retail therapy didn't help. At least I didn't go the drugs or alcohol route to deal with the pain!

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11/14/18 8:53 P

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That's hard. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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emoticon Yes, my husband died in December and he was such a "Father Christmas" and so as soon as the decorations start to come out I start to miss him and think about him..and sometimes it's only subconscious - and unfortunately earlier and earlier every year. I know that I celebrate those memories more than feel sad over them, but it really seems to just come every year.

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11/14/18 8:18 P

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Yes the holidays can be the pits. I lost a lot of my immediate family at this time of the year. We lost a nice neighbor recently, and our friend is losing her husband.

I always get frozen in my tasks at this time of year. You've made me realize why.

Sis and I got a lot of stuff done in her room. I got some stuff done in my room. I am taming my hoarder tiger! My room looks about the same. Only I know what I did. It is a little less cluttered. I will take any progress as I get it! Cleaned off three table tops. Cleaned out beside my bed. I don't buy much anymore. My favorite pair of shoes are wearing out and then I stepped in some road apples. Yuk. I bought a pair to replace them.

Sorry u feel anxious sweetie. I think we all go through the anxious/fearful times, and it is not fun! Keeping u in my thought and prayers. emoticon



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I'm going to reread the Hoarder book. I am working on some things that feel very emotional to me. I know part of it has nothing to do with 'the things' and more to do with this time of year...the holidays are always hard.

I've also experienced some frustrations that have made me fearful and anxious and that is just not good!

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9/26/18 11:09 P

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Been doing tiny tasks lately. It is working. I got sis up to her room. Now, her bed is done. Tons of hangers on it from dejunking her closet. She was overwhelmed. I put all hangers in an empty closet. She knows where to go for hangers.



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Woke up today really disgusted with the state of my house. Went right back to sleep. Now I'm thinking of ways to make this feel better for me.

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Erica DiMiele, expert on A&E's hit show "Hoarders", shares easy organizing solutions.
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Edited by: IMLOCOLINDA at: 8/29/2018 (21:25)
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emoticon emoticon don't beat yourself up for it. emoticon



emoticon on the 15 min goal

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I hate the frantic pace when it comes this close to harvest and I have put off and procrastinated getting this kitchen mess cleaned up. I WILL be done by tomorrow afternoon but certainly thinking it will be an all-nighter.

No point in beating myself up about it. I have had some of the kitchen cleaning items on my weekly goal list for MONTHS!

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7/22/18 6:54 P

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Great thread! Today’s goal—15 minutes.

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7/21/18 11:09 A

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Looking at all the stuff at the rummage sale has given me lots to think about.

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Too cool!

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Today I am going to gather up shoes. The last few times I've been getting ready to go someplace I can't find shoes. I mean, a pair. And lots of them are shoes I will honestly never wear. After the Senior Center rummage sale I call my doctor friend, Carley, and she comes and gets all the leftover shoes. She takes them on her doctor-mission trips to Africa. Says those women even love the weird 'fancy' shoes. So it's kind of fun to think some of my shoes may end up in Africa!

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Gain momentum by starting small...one of my favs.

I've been working on my bedroom, here and there, and there is a visible improvement.



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Time to pull this one back to the top of the pile. I am working on my hoard and re-reading this stuff helps me out!

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12 Creative Ways to Declutter Your Home
Sponsored by Joshua Becker, the author of The More of Less May 4, 2016 5:43 AM

A simplified, uncluttered life comes with its fair share of benefits: less to clean and organize, less stress, more money, and more energy for things that matter.

But many people get stumped about where to begin. The mere mention of decluttering makes them feel overwhelmed, anxious, and defeated.

The decluttering journey doesn’t need to be as painful as some make it out to be. In fact, with the right attitude and method, it can become an enjoyable process for nearly everyone.

Give some of these 12 creative ways to declutter your home a try:
1. Give yourself five solid minutes.

Set a timer and see how much you can declutter in five-minute increments. Clear a counter, a shelf, or a drawer. Give it a shot—you might be surprised by how much you can accomplish in such a short amount of time.
2. Give away one item each day.

In doing so, you’d remove 365 things from your home over the course of a year. Take pictures of the items and post them on social media. To make it more challenging, remove two things every day or incrementally increase the number each day.
3. Fill one box/bag.

Grab an empty box and see how quickly you can fill it for Goodwill. You’ll probably be wishing you’d used a bigger box once the whole process is over and your space feels refreshed.
4. Try a closet hanger experiment.

Turn all your clothes hangers in the reverse direction. After you wear an item, return it with the hanger facing the correct direction. In three months, you’ll have a clearer picture of which clothes you wear and which ones you don’t.
5. Make a list.

Create a list of places in your home to declutter, starting with the easiest. When you’re done with one area, stop. Celebrate. And commit to tackling the next area at a later date.
6. Try the 12-12-12 Challenge.

Quickly locate 12 items to throw away, 12 items to donate, and 12 items to be returned to their proper home. On more than one occasion, this challenge became a quick competition between my wife, my kids, and me.
7. Change your perspective.

Start changing the way you think about clutter. Take photos of your rooms, invite over a toddler, or ask the boss to meet in your office. These actions cause us to see our things in a new light.
8. Experiment with less.

My new book, The More of Less, has an entire chapter dedicated to challenging our assumptions by experimenting with less. For example, Project 333 encourages people to wear only 33 articles of clothing for three months. You can adjust the rules as necessary, but the important thing is to challenge yourself for a brief period of time to see what you learn.
9. Use your imagination.

Ask yourself questions like, “If I was buying this now, how much would I pay?” or, “If I was moving into a smaller home tomorrow, would I take this object?” These creative techniques can be helpful for someone having a difficult time removing clutter.
10. Ask yourself why.

When decluttering a room, start with the question, “Do I need this?” Then, add a second question with each item you touch: “Why do I own this?” The answers that come up might surprise you, and they’ll provide valuable insight about what to keep and what to remove.
11. Try the Four-Box Method.

Enter a room with four boxes: trash, give away, keep, and relocate. Next, place every item from that room into one of the four categories—don’t skip over any items.
12. Set physical boundaries.

When it comes to kids’ stuff, establish clear physical boundaries they can see. For example: Toys must fit along the wall, in this toy box, or on those shelves. As their stuff begins to extend beyond those established boundaries, empower your children to make decisions about what to keep and what to remove.

No matter which method you choose to get started, take your first step with excitement. There is a beautiful world of freedom and fresh breath hiding beneath your clutter. How you remove it is up to you.

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How To Make Decluttering A Spiritual Experience
by Lili PettitDecember 7, 2016 5:27 AM
Let go. Surrender. Give up control. Breathe.

This may not be the prescription you were expecting from a professional organizer, right? You probably thought I was going to give you a list of supplies to buy, healers to contact, and all my resources for crystals and smudge sticks. Nope. Creating a spiritual experience while clearing your clutter comes down to one very simple question: Do you rule your belongings, or do they rule you?

It is easy to become seduced by possessions and let them run the show. It is much harder to set aside time and create a routine around letting go. This simple 10-step spiritual ritual will help you tap into your inner organizer and clear your space once it begins to feel overcrowded and uncomfortable.

1. Get present.
Sit in your favorite chair. Roll your shoulders back and gently down, imagining any tension dripping down your back, melting into the earth. If you're not present, you won't be in the right frame of mind to clear your clutter. So take a moment to notice your breath. Are you breathing? Are you holding on to your breath? Start deeply inhaling through your nose and exhaling out your mouth. Repeat: Inhale through your nose and exhale out your mouth. One last time, inhale through your nose and now exhale out your mouth, making a loud sighing sound. Notice your feet on the ground.

Tune into the present moment. What are you feeling? What do you want? What is standing in the way of your ideal home environment?

2. Identify the areas where you and your home feel stuck.
Once you are in a place of total presence and without distraction, list all the areas in your home and within yourself where you feel blocked or stuck. Simply calling out the spaces where you'd like to see change helps kick-start the process. Take a moment to notice any connections between the areas inside and outside your home you'd like to see change. For example, if you desire a romantic relationship, is your bedroom in need of some attention? If you wish to improve your health, is your kitchen clean and functional?

3. Set an intention.
Using your powerful imagination, visualize your space as you dream it! Write down exactly what you desire with careful attention to detail. Maybe you would like a meditation room that is mostly white with a simple rug, pillow, and candle? Maybe you'd love a dining room table where all your favorite people are seated around a beautifully displayed meal. Maybe you and your dog are wrestling in your newly renovated outdoor space. Whatever the space inside you may be, feel it, hear it, see it, taste it, smell it. The more details you can muster, the easier it will be to make them reality.

4. Create manageable and realistic goals.
Instead of making grandiose statements such as, "I'm going to get rid of everything I own on Saturday," reframe your intention into something like, "This Saturday I am committed to cleaning out my chest of drawers. I will give away anything that no longer fits me well or doesn't work with my current lifestyle." You will gain natural momentum by starting small.

5. Check your attitude at the door and take heartfelt action.
A mindset focused on "attacking" clutter or "slaying" the clutter dragon simply won't inspire lasting change. It is impossible to ride an aggressive energy wave for an extended period of time. You will burn out, make irrational decisions, and be left exhausted. While fear-based, punishing energy may help to kick-start your organizing project initially, the adrenaline high will fizzle out as quickly as it came on. Instead, start your organizing ritual with a clear head and an open heart. Tap into positive, rewarding energy channels to create sustainable life force energy.

6. Get unwanted items out of your home immediately.
Once you have made the effort and the decision to let go of items that aren't serving your highest self, it is vital that you remove them from your home immediately. Your ties to them may have been cut energetically, but you won't feel a lightness until these items are out of sight. Removing the items also ensures that you won't change your mind and dig through the to-go bin.
As you eliminate what no longer serves you, allow yourself to be spoiled with what you really want and deserve.


7. Add something new.
Adding something to your space may seem counter-intuitive to the point, but you'll likely need a little extra decor once your space begins to clear out. Bringing in remnants from Mother Nature like crystals, succulents, or drift wood is a lovely way to create a home that holds, nurtures,and supports you. As you eliminate what no longer serves you, allow yourself to be spoiled with what you really want and deserve.

8. Burn sage or your favorite incense.
Burning sage or any other kind of plant smoke is a sweet way to close a clearing ritual. Doing so will remove negative energy and help clean the air. Find your own alliance with a plant that can help you continue to clear your space for years to come.

9. Close the experience with gratitude.
Maintaining an attitude of gratitude allows us to cultivate more of what we authentically desire. Even if evaluating your possessions and letting things go is excruciatingly painful, there is something in the experience you can be grateful for. The acknowledgment can be as simple as saying, "I'm grateful for my home." Try not to over complicate this part. There is great power in allowing simplicity to take the lead.

10. Commit to maintaining your space.
Now that the hard work is done, make a commitment to keeping your space clear. I advise my clients to come up with a mantra that will help them keep their homes sacred. When your home starts to collect and feel overwhelming, a personal mantra can serve as a guide back to center. A couple of good examples include, I am committed to keeping my home a sacred temple, I vow to give my home daily attention, I keep my home clean and clear, and I am taking care of my home as I would a dear friend. Again, keep the mantra simple and deeply personal.

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DO YOU HAVE HOARDING TENDENCIES?
The following are tendencies that are very common in those who struggle with hoarding, and to a lesser extent in non-hoarders. Read the questions below and note how many of these feelings resonate with you?
1. Do you have a hard time parting with items, even if you have never used them or they are broken?

2. Do you have many items around your house that don't have a permanent home?

3. Do you tend to make piles of things, to be dealt with at a future time, and these piles often linger for more than a few days?

4. Are there areas in your home (the dining room table, for instance) that must be cleared off before they can be used for their intended purpose?

5. Do you save things often because you are concerned about how you will feel if you need them in the future and no longer have them?

6. Do you often save things without a clear idea of how you'll use it in the future?

7. Do you still have items that you once bought with the intention of giving them away as gifts?

8. Do you have boxes of possessions that have moved with you from home to home but you've never gone through?

9. Do you often buy multiples of the same item because you've forgotten you have it?

10. Are you helpless when faced with "a good deal", even if it's a good deal on something you don't need?

11. Do you take free things, like shampoos from hotels or packets of crackers, that you never wind up using?

The more of these questions you answered yes to, the stronger your hoarding tendencies, and your environment is likely cluttered accordingly. If you answered yes to all of them, it does not mean you are a hoarder; many of us have hoarding tendencies, but because they are kept in check, things don't escalate to the point where your life may be greatly affected. Still, the more you have, the more mindful you need to be of your habits so your environment does not cause you undue stress.

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Feelings Come Up – Allow Them

By definition, clutter clearing releases energy that has been stuck for a long time, sometimes for an entire lifetime. When energy is moved in a big way, it is possible to feel more tired than usual or more cranky or edgy or uncomfortable. You may feel more emotional, or have a bout of panic, or grief, anger or sadness. You may notice yourself shutting down completely. You may experience spaciness, memory lapses or mental fog, or the opposite, feeling more alive, energetic, excited, and clear!

You may yawn more than usual, or tear, or burp, or fart, or feel nauseous. You may get unexplainable physical symptoms like headaches or backaches. You may sleep more, or you may have too much energy to sleep. You may want to quit. You may feel more out of control or desperate to escape with cravings for food, alcohol, TV, exercise. You may feel awesome one moment, and completely fall apart the next – all in less than sixty seconds!

Symptoms of clearing are the myriad ways that the body processes old stuff that is coming to the surface. They are signs of detoxification that result from raising the energetic frequencies in our home and in our life. They are ways the ego copes with the idea of letting go and feeling “those feelings.” They are the result of expansion energies colliding with contraction energies – no different than high-pressure system slamming into your sluggish low-pressure holding patterns. Storms come up naturally. Don’t be too hard on yourself.

–Excerpted from Your Spacious Self: Clear the Clutter and Discover Who You Are, Chapter 46, by Stephanie Bennett Vogt.

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That is quite a drive. Are you stopping to sleep one night?

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I am just thrilled with some of the treasures I've picked up and then piled stuff on top of. Can't believe the fun stuff that I've found. It's 909 miles. Two different route so may go the northern route and then come back a different way. Difference of about 150 miles more to go the southern route.

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I like your analogy of decluttering being like Christmas. I wonder what cool stuff are in my closets. I wish I could get close enough to see!

Enjoy Oregon! How long of a drive?

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I will be leaving for OR hopefully tomorrow. I don't know much about it. Just going to visit my best friend who moved there a couple of years ago...to Bend. I flew into Redmond-where her sister and now her brother just moved-last Christmas and will go back again this Christmas. We are slated to work as Art Ambassadors at some big juried outdoor art festival this coming weekend. And I am having a housewarming party for her brother. Other than that I think we will mostly be hanging around the houses just visiting. I know there are lots of places to see but I am tired and will not want to do any more riding or driving after driving over there so hopefully we can just hang out. Still not recovered from my chest congestion/pneumonia completely and still very tired from harvest. This last year has just been hard on my body?

I had to get a bunch of books and stuff out of my car to pack it for the trip...although lots of the books I bought to take over there...oh yeah, my friend is opening a used bookshop so will be working there too! I just wanted you to know that I bought 11 pair of shoes. I think I got 5 in one place. Got a pair of those FatBaby kind of cowboy boots so will take those. But I told you I had shoes in the trunk I hadn't any idea how many pair...so now I know. All goodies. This decluttering is, in many ways, like Christmas. Always finding lots of cool stuff!!

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Tell us more about Oregon. I visited once & thought it was really beautiful. Especially Portland & that huge book store!

I think most of us hoarders start a little late on most things. LOL

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I have to start packing up my car for my trip to Oregon...which means I have to unload the trunk of all these yard sale treasures I've been storing there??? And I have lots of gifts to take with me that I will have to rummage around to find. Some for housewarming, some for first snow and some for Christmas/Hanukkah....so I need to get busy. If I can't fit it all in, I can ship it...but have lots of books to take too. And I won't ship the books. They will have to find a new home closer to here because I'm not going to pay to ship them out there. I don't know why I didn't get started earlier. Tired and putting it off.

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You are making such good progress.

I have been buying lots of things for others, mostly residents at the nursing home. I guess the biggest progress for me is putting more things back on the shelf at goodwill/thrift stores.

I have been going with my sister to the miles long garage sales. I am trying to put my "buys" in proper place or to the "giftee". Right now I have 2 out of 4 of my living room chairs loaded with "extras". One chair is the dogs so If I get company, I have a problem.

I found nice gifts for my great grand kids birthday/ Christmas at the garage sales. I really do not want to stop giving them gifts & cannot afford store bought things. I spent 2 or 3 dollars on each gift so feel good, now to find place to keep them & not forget where that place is.

My biggest hoarding is probably books, magazines.

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I've been making good progress in getting rid of stuff. Still not feeling that anxiety I was so afraid of. I dumped two boxes into the dumpster late Tues nite/early Wed morning. I packed and taped them before I moved to Chicago and that was 16 years ago...so I just dumped them without looking inside. I figured if I haven't needed it now, even if it was tax papers the hold on time is gone...I chucked them. Have 4 bags of clothes that either don't fit or I don't wear that I am taking to the giveaway house today. Some are clothes I bought for my mom to take on her cruise and she didn't want them. I need to quit buying for others!

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Good Job. Keep up the good work and if you can tell me how you won the battle to even throw anything away without anxiet and guilt, let me know the secret.Have a good day.

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Hi,
we sound so much alike. I am so fearful to let anything useful go. Been trained well by my parents and grandparents. Good lucK. I am not sure how to fix me. have a good day
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those are good. i am thankful my kids and grandkids aer healthy now
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Pulled some of these to the top from years ago just so we could do a little review!

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I have a recycle bin that is twice the size of my garbage can. This week it is overflowing. I pitched most of my plastic containers last week. I bought new glass containers since the Grand's are staying with us on the weekends, and I don't want them getting all the bad nasties that will leach out of the plastics into our left overs.

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Most of the time it is dust collecting, space stealing clutter.

No longer doing crafts with the GKs. No longer with the Girl Scouts or church youth groups.

In a couple of years may teach some crafts to Kennadee & Guinevere but really don't need to save things now. Right now it is fingerpaints & crayons.

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My daughter takes plastic containers to the art department in her town. So I think that is where mine will go, since I decided a while back, no more saving those too good to throw away & don't want to fill up the landfill :) I bought me a few matching ones for leftovers (all the same square size so lids always fit), and that's all I can have now, because they somehow multiply mysteriously in my cabinets if I don't keep them out! lol

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Rochelle 62, Is there a online course for hoarders? Is anyone interested in a weekly item purge/dare/challenge?

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These days, does it actually become something else? Or is that a practice of the past?

I sometimes save plastic containers. My recent rule of thumb is - if it doesn't fit in the drawer for food storage wraps, bags, and containers, it goes... a bit of progress!

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Hi everyone.

I've been reading these posts & like everyone else my grandma & mom saved and reused things. My Mom washes the plastic freezer & sandwich bags & reuses them. I've crocheted with cloth strips & strips of plastic bags. "Everything can be reused" seems to be the family motto. Flour sacks became school clothes, old clothes became quilts & rugs etc. It is in my genes. Having a stocked pantry & freezer come from canning & freezing our fruits & veggies plus raising our own animals for meat. We did not make a run to the market several times a week, only once a month. We never went hungry even if money was scarce. So I save things for future use, don't pitch because it can become something else.

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3 months later and I am still struggling - not to face I am a hoarder, but to face what I have to actually do to move forward. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh!

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Recently, I have started taking my blinders off and really seeing my hoarding and acquisition for fear of not having enough and also a way of numbing out.

The hardest thing for me to accept is that I have to manage my hoarding every single day, just as I have to manage my physical health daily. If I don't, I get out of the rhythm/habit of taking care of me. As many Virgos, I'm an all or nothing person. If I don't let go of having to be perfect or nothing, I will never really succeed which causes me to wallow in depression.
For me to succeed, each day has to be day one.

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I am far from cured, but I did find a website that I signed up for a course and found it very helpful. I think for me it was first recognizing that I was a hoarder, then realizing that I wanted a better life, then understanding WHY I hoarded WHAT I hoarded. Paper and office supplies was a problem that I feel I now have under control, craft projects I have under control. I have made progress on books and reading material. I have made progress on clothing--got rid of about half when I honestly evaluated if it still fit, and/or if it fit, would I want to wear it ever again. It is all a process. Last night I worked in my storage room. I got maybe a third done. I have not thrown away as much as I had hoped, but I have also been pleasantly surprised that it is in better shape than I feared--mostly holiday stuff. I just try to remember that I'm making room for a healthier, wealthier life.

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Hmm...this is a specific area where hypnosis might help. Hmmm. I'm thinking of reframing and trance logic. I feel a script coming on.

Wow. How interesting that we have activities that, of themselves, are good (saving, re-using, recycling), yet when done for reasons that are illogical, or result in harm to ourselves or others, become neurotic compulsions.

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yeah, I really admired my grandparents who also saved. I remember the string ball, and the rubber bands and the Aluminum foil washed and reused. Grandpa saved the neatest stuff, it was like a history lesson to look though their stuff. everything had a story and nothing matched.
My dishes are sort of the same. if it came from the store it only stays if it's useful, but if it came from a family member or a sale, it's got family ties and stays even if I don't use it just because it's neat. I have a divided dish that I've tried to give away a number of times, but it's from grandma, and it's neat and I like it. I just KNOW if I get rid of it, I'll find a way I coulda used it. Sale stuff stays cause even though it didn't come from MY family, it's got history. What is wrong with me that I like mismatched stuff?
I admire the war spirit of making do and using it up. we need more of that these days. I love the idea of making things out of useless items and really want to be that person. but I've hoarded so much for these sorts of projects that I don't get anything done. I feel guilty if I throw anything away, if it might have a possibility of a useful life it's got a permanent home with me.

I love the idea of patchwork quilts and hooked rugs. I've crocheted rugs using plastic grocery bags or rug yarn but never tried it with rags.... yet. Grandma couldn't sew or knit, but she could crochet. She crocheted hats and slippers. I crocheted afghans, pillows and hats and slippers, and also knit socks and mittens cause my other grandma made me a couple different pair of mittens which I loved. they were extra warm. I guess I just want to pass that warm family feeling down to my grandkids. it's sad that they're so distant, not in miles but in experiences and feeling.

I guess my hoarding is part of that distance.


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I'm just barely looking at my project stuff yet.

I did have a revelation the other day. It was about my grandmother. She was my security till I was about 7 and we moved far away.

My grandparents were "land poor" and raised 4 kids during the depression. Grandmother saved the strings off feed sacks and rolled them into a ball. When it got too big, say, softball size or so, she would start another ball. She used it to wrap packages, truss poultry...I think she even used it for darning and crochet.

I save string. you can find it here and there in drawers and containers. sometimes I start a ball. you can find those here and there, also. I always mean to use it for something.

Grandmother also chewed juicy fruit gum and peeled the foil off. She had balls of gum foil, too. I'm not sure what she did with that, but it might have been a habit left over from the war.

She also cut old clothes into strips (which she rolled into balls) and used them to hook rugs. Every floor in her house was covered in hooked rugs, in some places two deep. The burlap came from empty feed sacks. Clothes were not thrown away, even jeans with worn-out knees and seats had good fabric on them somewhere.

When I stayed with my grandmother and helped her wind up the string or the cloth strips, or watched her hook rugs, I was happy.

She made my first dresses from flour sacks. She saved cards, cut the pictures out, and used them to decorate packages.

My grandmother created happiness and security for me. She also created usefulness from scraps.

I now realize that I "save" stuff because my grandmother did, and it feels good. The catch is that the stuff I "save" does not necessarily get used, in fact, hardly ever.


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another thing I've having to deal with is, if I think I'm going to do all the things I've planned to do and saved supplies to do, I'm going to have to live to be about a thousand, so I'm trying to only keep six or eight projects so that they're not so overwhelming. I probably should downsize that to four so that I can later add a few that come my way in the future. LOL

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The answer, as far as I can see is, First, see that clutter for what it is.
See it as the enemy coming between you and your family. it's not "good" stuff that you might need some day it's the ultimate divider of your family. it makes it much easier to see what you need to keep and what can go if you can recognize this first step.

Then set a goal. and make it doable. If you can do 15 minutes of decluttering, do that. if you melt down after five minutes, then four minutes is your goal. if you only do the doable, that amount will be gradually extended cause if you haven't reached the limits of your emotional abilities you'll be able to face it each day, not just once a month. it's the emotions we have trouble facing.

now, pick up the things that are standing between you and your kiddies, and ask, do I love it enough to display it properly (not store it)? Do I use it at least once a year? (like decorations) or haven't I used/worn it in several years? Remember that if you're planning to get down to a smaller size and wear some wonderful clothing item you need to trust yourself and the Lord enough to believe that you'll be able to get nicer stuff when you do get your weight down. LOL
Last question is, do I need it? We need a lawn mower even though we only use it 4 months a year, but we don't need three of them plus parts, esp if two of them are not working but we hope to someday get around to fixing them. LOL I've had to learn that all the stuff I've saved to fix or do crafts with, is coming between me and my crafts. I just have so much that I don't have room to do the things I'd like to do. so I'm having to give up some of my crafts, or at least downsize some of the supplies so I have room to work on them.

And lastly, recognize that the more conditions you put on yourself (selling, or recycling what you get rid of) the less you can get done. Be brave enough to tell yourself that you have to get the place cleared out, then you can go on from there being socially responsible as long as you don't let it build up instead getting it taken care of right away.

Take three boxes and sort your stuff. first box is to put away. Second is to give away, third is garbage. line the garbage box or can with a garbage bag. when your fifteen minutes is over, toss the garbage without looking inside, tie up the give away bag and put it in the car to take to the good will and put away the put away stuff and give yourself a cup of tea. LOL

hope this helps. Kitty

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Tenacbutterfly put this in another topic, but I believe her question is the same one many of us ask...

"I am a hoarder. Not the worst with the smelly house filled with animals, but a hoarder of things that are good and useful. I have worked and worked at things but cannot seem to get a handle on it. I am so very frustrated and do not know where to turn for help. I cannot have my kids or grand kids over because of it. I really want to change but do not seem to have the energy to do anything. Do you know what will help me?"

We can certainly empathize with her and share what we have learned (or hope to learn).
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