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4/30/19 8:15 P

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Glad the oil is working for ur dogs. It makes my Daisy's hips less stiff. I can really tell if I have forgotten to give it to her.

It helps my knee OA pain! I can also tell if I have forgotten to take it!

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I do feel better in the spaces where there is less clutter.

The best cure for stressing is to count your blessings...and a long walk won't hurt either!

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Both dogs seem to be doing better on the doggie drops. I doubled the dose that it suggests on the bottles and then will go to the human kind when these are gone. They both lick the oil off the doggie bones before they eat the bones! That's a real plus!

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Make sure it is from a good source. They should have a certificate of third party testing purity. Otherwise, u don't know what is in it. I just give my dogs the human form. The doggie drops are usually more expensive.

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I did get the 'doggie drops' when I was in Oregon. I gave them to Gus but couldn't really tell they were making a difference and he had horrible bouts of diarrhea. I stopped them. Then I started cutting him back on his other meds and adding pumpkin and cheese into his diet. Got the diarrhea under control and am going to give the drops another shot.

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Some doc/vets don't like cbd and other doc/vets embrace it!

I squirt the stuff on a broken up dog treat for my kids.

Lovely story about your dear little ones!

I've seen those LED pads. They look nice!

I am a bitchin' frizzy these days. lol!

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The CBD oil here doesn't have any THC so it couldn't make you stoned. But I was thinking that you used it as a rub on the skin for sore spots? I'm still researching it. My vet has fits about anything related to marijuana so there was no way I was going to ask her about it.

I am ordering this pad that has LED lights in it that have red and infrared and they use it on horses, dogs and people. It's a little spendy but if it works for either of us it will be worth it.

My first Bichon Frises were Jake and Jaz. They were a little 'married couple' that had been used for breeding. They were 18 months old when I got them. They bred once after I got them. I got them because my mom wanted a bichon instead of a poodle. So the deal was that I would let them have pups and she would keep one of the pups and we'd sell the parents and the other pups. I fell in love with Jake and Jaz and kept them for 18 and 16 1/2 years respectively. My mom kept one pup, named Min. She was the runt of the litter. Spoiled rotten! The other two we ended up giving away. When I took the job and was moving to Chicago my mom was worried about Min being by herself without Jake and Jaz right next door so it worked out perfectly because there was a puppy mill raid in a town about 250 miles southeast of us and it was bichons. So she got Mimi. So she had Min and Mimi and Jake and Jaz and I headed for Chicago.

They were the little lights of my life! Jaz died first and Jake and I were just lost for a whole year. He died 18 months after she did. I waited over a year, looking for rescues. Drove over near the western border of Montana to get these two goofballs that I have now. They were the last of a really messed up story. A woman had been a breeder and had a male and 6 females. She died. Her husband had dementia and just let the dogs breed. Some people from their church finally rounded up all the puppies and had the male neutered. The two that I got were the last two. I told the old woman I would only come if she had two and she said someone was coming to see the female but she would call me and let me know. They didn't take her so I drove 7 hours after work to get them.

They have the same father but different mothers and Gus is approximately 2 months older than Grace although she mothers him and is half his size but definitely "the boss". When I got there, they were in a shed on wood pallets surrounded by a chain link kennel and covered in their own and other pups urine and feces. It was March and about 40 degrees but I drove to Missoula with the windows down. The smell was horrific. Checked into a really ratty trucker motel and explained to the woman that I wanted a smoker room and had to bathe these stinking dogs and how do I get to WalMart.

They were terrified. Totally unsocialized. I was expecting 6-8 week old pups and got 6-8 month old pups so the kennel I brought wouldn't hold them both. Grace kept throwing up. It was raining and I had to stop at the WalMart in GTF and get new windshield wiper for the driver's side. She threw up again when we left there with another 120 miles to go. I kept thinking all the way home that I had just paid $600 for dogs that probably had distemper and would die. (Turns out she was just getting car sick!!)

So in a couple months it will be 11 years I've had them. And when Mimi died, I saw and ad in the paper a few months later for 1/2 bichon and 1/2 cow dog and got her for Christmas for my mom. She is pure white like a bichon but that is really the only bichon-like thing about her. She's a lot of fun but very shy and skittish. I tease her that she'd drop dead if she ever saw a real cow or sheep. So she comes over every morning when my mom gets us and hangs out with us. My mom has had her 7 years this last Christmas.

I call them the 'bitchin frizzies'.

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Petey weighs 15 pounds and I give him a quarter of a dropper. It doesn't make him stoned. It just calms him down. I take .5 to 1 dropper full.

The vet prescribed more xanax to my Larry than I used to take for myself. I wish cbd had been around for larry. He had seizures.

I guess it is always good to consult a vet about the dosage.

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No crushing allowed! The pill for Cushings is a capsule and tastes NASTY so would ruin anything that it was sprinkled on. Using the liverwurst and cheese whiz and occasional chunky peanut butter is working. Tell me how much Petey weighs and how much CBD oil you are using to help his arthritis? I am thinking seriously about using it for Gus.

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Tell me more about your pet companions! I love the names.

We cook for our dogs, too. I put warm compresses on Daisy's butt and used to be able to do her glands. I clean her vulva, as she has an inverted one. She gets urine burns if I don't. I ask her if she wants me to help her and she gets into position so I can help her.

I learned how to clean her through a youtube vet. If you google "dog dish diet," you will find him. He used an ear anti yeast on the dogs vulva after he cleaned her with an aloe wipe, as dogs with an inverted vulva combat yeast, too.

I never thought I would be up in my dog's bottomlies, but am glad to do it for her. She is a lot more comfortable now.

Are the pills able to be crushed? We crush the pills we have and mix them slurry style in chicken broth. We then use an oral syringe. Larry took tramadol with no problem. Petey doesn't like the taste. We switched Petey to gabapentin, and he takes that with no problem.

We also mix other things in the slurry like probiotics, cranberry powder, dog vitamins.

I also give Petey CBD oil on his treats. It helps his arthritis and his anxiety. He was one high strung dog before CBD.

I agree it is nice to share here.



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Don't ever be embarrassed about how you feel! It took me years of therapy to understand that feelings are neither right or wrong, they just "are"!

I grew up in an environment where we didn't show our emotions or discuss how we were feeling or what was bothering us. I think my over-eating was a way of stuffing feelings back down, kept me from talking about them and it "comforted" me!

I am a cigarette smoker. I had a therapist years ago who was also a smoker. She said that she had just taken a class and that patients should not be allowed to smoke during therapy sessions because it made them less honest about their feelings. It was very interesting and we both determined it was true! Before I talked about something uncomfortable, I had to dig out a cigarette, light it, put the pack and lighter away while I "organized" my thoughts! And the inhaling of the cigarette was a way of not only stalling, it was a way of sucking those feelings back down!

I didn't associate it with eating until years later! I know it's hard to share feelings. I think that's why my blogs are mostly jokes! We all want to be seen as happy, got-it-together people! ...the "never let 'em see you sweat" mentality.

Share what you need to share! If it's uncomfortable to blog about it, share it on one of your more trusted teams or in a spark mail to one of your more trusted Spark Friends! It really does help sometimes to just get it off your chest! I have found wonderful support and inspiration here on Spark People! I think we can write stuff we would not say out loud to those people in our real lives!

I think that's what I like the most about this team! I can write stuff I need to say or process!

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I am trying not to stress about leaving Gus & Grace with my mom when I go to Oregon on Tuesday. Especially Gus because he is such a sensitive little soul! It takes a lot of patience to get his pills down him! I have been feeding between noon and 3 so he's hungry! Then I wrap the pills in liverwurst or raw hamburger or cheese whiz and give all 3 dogs "treats". Sometimes he's tricked and just gobbles the bite down, other times he bites into the pill and spits out the bite! Trick is to snatch it off the floor so Grace or Gee Gee don't gobble it down!

My mother was insulted when I suggested she practice. I guess it won't kill him if he doesn't take them? The Vetoryl is 4 bucks a pill!!! He needs the tramadol for his limping. I'm going to spring for the infra red LED thing! Maybe Gus and I can both benefit from it! I found 3 pea sized lumps in his right arm pit tonight? He had lump removed in chest area last spring right near these new lumps!

I'm making dog food tonight and freezing it in ziptop bags so all mother has to remember is to thaw it out. If she resorts to canned dog food she will have to let Gus out several times and possibly clean up diarrhea. She thinks it's stupid I make dog food but I have so much better results with GI upset. Plus, she doesn't do the anal glands on her dog (GeeGee), I do.

It's going to be tough on the pups because I'll be gone Tuesday through Wednesday, come home late and leave early Thursday for my annual physical at the VA Clinic about 120 miles south, then continue on to the VA hospital about 100 miles further south, spend the night and get my knee injection before heading back home again on Friday.

They are the reason I'm not staying longer in Oregon. If I end up going back to take care of Roz if she decides to do the knee replacement surgery, I'll drive and take them with me. But they are worth it and we all do better when we're together!

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I came up with the idea of giving myself homework and telling the therapist to follow up with me the next week because I was frozen and couldn't do anything! It was so hard.

The homework was the only thing that got me started. I didn't always finish it but we would talk about it anyway. I did much more that way than not having homework.

Clutterers' anonymous has a check in type thing like that. I keep forgetting the resource.

I am learning to forgive myself. It combats the shame. Baby steps. Staying away from my infamous "all or nothing" thinking my mom instilled in me. :) I am not knocking my mom by the way. I truly loved her. No one is perfect and she had a lust for life that was refreshing. She was fun!

If the mind mends, the body will follow.

Gluten free is working for me!

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I have been thinking of getting back into talk therapy again too! I'm struggling to find the motivation to really tackle the mess. And it's hard to forgive myself on days I plan to work and then have such a backache or my knees hurt or some other aches and pains and I don't get anything accomplished. Then I beat myself up even more.

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I notice the same with sinus infections and really desperately need to wash the walls & ceiling & ceiling fan in my bedroom! I think it will help my little dog with her allergies too! There most certainly is a physical aspect to the effects of hoarding. For me, though, the emotional/mental ones are worse. I'm just so ashamed.

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My sinuses got really bad until I started to deep clean my bedroom. Just cleaning here and there helps if I do it often enough

I am always cleaning my attached bathroom. Energy wise, I can't do it all at once. That's ok. I've adjusted and forgiven myself (my body) for its limitations.

Limitations are why it is so important that I don't bring stuff into the house just because I want it or think it is pretty. I want my life to be easier.

Betterhelp has therapists that can talk to me online or over the phone. I may cut costs in other areas and sign up for it! Talk therapy helps me but I haven't done it in a while.

I had my last therapist check in with me after I told her what tasks I wanted done that week and how it made me feel about doing those tasks. It was not her expertise but it helped me a lot anyway! She said all the stuff around me was like a blanket....that it made me feel safe, as I had so much loss.

If the mind mends, the body will follow.

Gluten free is working for me!

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Just thinking today that if this pile of boxes of books and cards fell, it could crush the dogs. It has to go! I also need to clear up the hallway so I don't fall and hurt myself!

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Just read another blurb about how much anxiety is caused by clutter. I got anxious just reading Julia's posts about the frantic effort she had to put in to just be able to let the delivery guys in the door. It's awful that we do this to ourselves.

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Because this is "cattle country" they don't eat much fish...but I think we could bring in a younger group and we so desperately need to do that. So many have died or gone into the nursing home and it's time to get the just turned 60 crowd in through the door.

I attend the fish fries at the catholic church and then the ones of walleye when the fishing group from a local lake has that. They are well attended by families.

I cook fish at home but think I need to do it a couple times more each week. I like the frozen cod fillets and the salmon filets with the skin on. I'd love to have some halibut but only buy it when they are having 25% off all frozen food since it's over $18#!! I never bread it. Just cook it in butter with lemon slices and lemon pepper. Or there is a nice lime vinaigrette that has enough oil and enough spices and lime to make a wonderful cooking liquid for fish.

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I love Friday night fish fries. If I don't have someone to go with me I do carry out. I usually get enough fish for 2 meals. I bet the seniors would love it & community would support it.

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youtu.be/Nz4wGOV9R_4
Erica DiMiele, expert on A&E's hit show "Hoarders", shares easy organizing solutions!

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I would love to put on a fish fry at the senior center several Friday nights during lent. The catholic church used to do 3 of the 6 and now only do 2 of them and I think we could really get a nice crowd and make good money to do a couple of them.

I love cotton candy! Glad you enjoyed the drums. Nice the high school helps out at the senior center. I've never had much luck getting them to help at ours - even the Boys & Girls Club didn't want to show up and help. Kids these daze....

Yup! Turned 60 on Saturday.

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Jill & I went to a nearby senior living community for their annual fish fry. It was hot but beautiful day for the event. They had a high school group playing drums for the entertainment. It was different & really a good sound. You buy your meal but pop corn, snow cones & cotton candy are free. The kid in me looks forward to my annual cotton candy.

We decided not to go to the Friday night rock & roll concert.

My question is: Isn't someone turning 60 today?

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Most of our senior centers only serve the congregate meal and the meals-on-wheels Monday through Friday. There was a little one (about 45 miles from me) that I used to take one of my old guy friends to because they served on Saturday. It was like a little reunion for many of them once a week as they came (or most were brought) from lots of the surrounding little communities...all rural farmer types. It was always a good meal and a good time!

I went in and 6 and ran home at 8:30 to get a pain pill! (I only live about 13 blocks). I survived the day. Have a dog sitting job through Monday for the woman whose job I am working at the senior center, plus the cat next door on Sat and Sun and then a little dog who is diabetic on Sunday afternoon, evening and on into Monday morning. I am not going to stay at the house because there is no a/c and it's just too hot for this old fat girl!!

Really smokey here today and my eyes are burning. I'm going to wash my dirty hair and read myself to sleep!

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Do they serve a senior meal on Saturday or is it Friday you mentioned?

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I don't remember when I let my AAA membership go. But around here, it just isn't worth it as they don't have someone who will accept it. I have an electric battery charger that I paid under $40 for at Wally World and I have used it many, many times. I rarely have to actually get out the jumper cables and do it the old way. I should have let the Hyundai run longer when I fired it up last time but 1.) I was in a hurry 2.) It's running hot because the thermostat needs replacing. I'm furious because I had a new water pump put into the car and during that process they generally change out the thermostat - which a a $3 part. So they didn't do that. I had to pay to have the thermostat replaced about 2 months after the water pump. They didn't charge me the $3 for the thermostat but did charge me $135 for labor. Then it started acting up. I took it to a new place and they told me to take it back to the other place because it's under warranty. So it was parked over the winter. If it won't heat up, it's not much use in our cold winters.

The back is feeling better. A combo of the pills, the swimming and soaking and just some time. Still sore and not looking forward to standing on the cement kitchen floors at the senior center tomorrow but will move in a stool so I can sit (perch) when I'm feeling sore. I can deal with it.

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I don't like paying 100 a year for AAA dues but I have used it amost every year. It is usually for a dead battery. Take car of that back girl!

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It is important to not overstress your back. emoticon

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It was hard for me to deal with the flat tire on the gramma car. I used an air pump to pump it up but it was flat within an hour so I cleaned out the trunk and got out the jack and jacked it up, filled the 'donut' spare tire with air and set about changing the tire. No good. The lug nuts were just too tight for me to get it off. I had to call a service truck and they charged me $65 to take the tire off and put the donut on. Tried to sell me tires but I was pretty sure I was going to take it out to WalMart. I had put the Hyundai on the battery charger but it kept setting off the car alarm...the battery was really dead. So when I had the donut on the gramma car I pulled it around and hooked up the gramma car with the jumper cables and let it charge for about 20 minutes. Then when it fired up I moved it around back and got the call from the service truck people with their price for 4 new tires, said thanks, took the gramma car out to Wally World and bought them there. I moved the pick-up next door and will leave it there overnight just so there is some rotation and movement of the vehicles.

What a pain to have 3 vehicles and all of them needing work! The Hyundai needs a new thermostat so that's why I haven't been using it in the 'rotation' and let the battery die. Now will have time to get all this taken care of.

It seems like there is always so much to do. It was hard to crawl around jacking up that car. My back is still bothering me quite a lot. It is harder to have to pay someone to help me when I know these are things I used to be able to do without any problem. But I also know that if I keep trying to do some of those kind of things myself I am going to end up in traction!

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I got one more large bag full to donate. I slowed down a lot, and took a big nap today!

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Still having lots of back pain. I am going to go slowly but work on decluttering in a systematic way like I did for the harvest job in the last few weeks. I want to keep the momentum going. I am frustrated about feeling the limitations that come with this back pain but know that I can still get things done instead of just lounging around and reading.

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Dashing in and out loading crock pots or pans of hot food makes me understand how having to do this through the piles that were on the kitchen floor last month would have been a catastrophe! Still feeling scattered and disorganized but definitely getting better.

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Would you email me this article? I tried to copy the article, but I wasn't successful.



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My sis doesn't like goodwill anymore. She prefers the salvation army for donations.

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I am astonished by the prices the Goodwill is charging emoticon Our SA is much cheaper than the one in Great Falls (120 miles south) but I think they can charge more there because the other thrift stores are so expensive.

I am going to get outside and get some work done and then come inside and hopefully feel like doing a little more on the kitchen today. I really want to get it knocked out...but if I 'really' wanted it, I guess I would do it?

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Think I will load the car up with donations. I like to take things to a small store that helps local people. They sell things at a fair price, too. In my area the Goodwill stores are charging more.

Make some salads & shampoo my hair today.

Nice day to sit out on my porch. Might get up to 80 today.

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Don't have in my town. Closest is 120miles south & they do not accept anything but building materials! Lots of places don't want books or clothes anymore! Senior Center rummage sale here is only charity rummage sale that takes clothes! None of the churches do! Most end up at Salvation Army or a different one that is struggling along!

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I found out that habitat for humanity restore accepts clothing obo goodwill in my area!

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I'm laughing because I think that might be the only way I ever really get a handle on the mess. I have gotten much better about just throwing the stuff away instead of saving it for someone else but I have to admit I still save more for others than I toss but I am getting more ruthless about the recycling. I put it in the car but if it's there 3 days later it goes to the dumpster.

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One woman I know rented a big trash bin, and put everything she no longer wanted to have it hauled away...clothes...CDs, etc. I thought she was nuts but I no longer think that.

I have to see if some of these places come to the house to haul away. Perhaps I will just order a bagster and let 'em rip!

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This came in my e-mail from United Health so I thought I'd share it.

"Why and How to Declutter a Lifetimeís Worth of Possessions"
Jun 07, 2018

Getting and keeping a house in order can be a struggle, especially as we age. Sorting through decades of belongings is often emotional and stressful, as questions and decisions pile up: Is this jewelry valuable? What should I do with all these tools I no longer use? Will this china set thatís so special to me have sentimental value to my children?

But while it can be exhaustive, this effort to declutter and simplify can be worthwhile not only for our homes but also for our health.


The health benefits of decluttering

Getting rid of things you no longer need or want may have a positive effect on mental health and can also make for a safer environment. Itís a sobering fact that every 12 seconds, someone over age 64 will fall and end up in the emergency room. Decluttering can help keep paths clear and obstacles to a minimum.

A study at Indiana University showed that people with clean houses are healthier than people with messy houses. The movement involved with regular household chores like vacuuming and washing windows can be great physical activity. A tidy home can also mean weíre more likely to invite people over Ė prompting interactions that can help alleviate feelings of depression and isolation that can accompany aging.

Tips to get started

Of course, simply knowing something might be good for our health isnít always motivation enough to take the first steps toward doing it. But decluttering doesnít need to be a dreaded task.

Where to start in assessing and tackling the possessions weíve collected over a lifetime? First, realize that it will take time and patience, so donít judge yourself. Itís harder to decide what to do with items that have been in the family for generations than it might be for millennials to decide what to do with disposable fashion and big-box furniture from their college years.

Take it one room at a time. According to a study by Moen, the most-cluttered areas of a home are the garage, kitchen and home office. The kitchen is a good place to start the decluttering process, because throwing away chipped dishes and expired spices isnít as taxing as wading through boxes of potentially important paperwork or personal items stored away. Take everything out of the fridge and cupboards and spread it all out on a counter or table so itís easy to review. Give shelves a good wipe-down and restock them with the necessities, putting go-to things within easy reach, and donate or store appliances and dishes that are used less often.

Once you feel good about your progress in the kitchen, move on to tackle the garage, office and other spaces where belongings tend to pile up. Like closets!

Whether you have a walk-in closet most would envy or a closet that can barely contain your bulky winter coat, itís a good practice to go through clothing, shoes and other items with some frequency, keeping only what you use the most. Pick a handful of favorite outfits for everyday wear, social outings and special occasions, seasonal wear and wardrobe staples, and donate the rest. If itís hard to part with handmade or other sentimental items, consider finding creative ways to remember them, such as making a memory quilt of old t-shirts or photographing special items for an album and then letting them go.

One last sure-fire tip to help with clutter? Set up processes to stop the build-up before it begins. Keep a recycling bin handy for unwanted credit-card offers and coupon packs before they enter the house, and unsubscribe from magazines and newspapers if they pile up unread. Eco-Cycle has some tips to cull the tide of junk mail, and mobile apps like Evernote can help collect and digitize recipes, warranties, instruction manuals and memorabilia to clear away more piles of paper.

At the end of the day, itís okay to hang on to belongings that are near and dear to you. But for items that donít hold sentimental or functional value, kick-start a decluttering mission today so you can enjoy a tidier, safer home tomorrow."


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emoticon I've been putting mine in a box to go through! Should just take the whole box to the VA but for some reason I have to look again??? Maybe I'll try just sealing the box, putting it in the trunk and starting a new one! Magazines are one of my 'rewards' so need to find something else that doesn't create so much clutter & isn't so hard to part with!

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I have done the same thing. I am trying to sort & donate magazines.

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I feel 'healthier' with my medicine cabinet all cleaned and organized. I had a lot of duplicate things because I just couldn't find something when I wanted it so I'd buy new.

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Nice article. So I really need to donate those pants that are now tooooooo big for me. Ya!

I just know how often I have gained & lost through the years! This time I am loosing because I have cut back on one pain med but the new med could cause weight gain. LOL

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From an e-mail article from the Cleveland Clinic!!!
"The clutter-stress connection: Tidy your way to serenity now.
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Organizing consultant Marie Kondo wants you to put your hands on everything you own and ask yourself if it sparks joy. If it doesnít, itís time to thank it for its service and say sayonara! That, in a nutshell, is the first step in a process called the KonMari Method, which is changing peopleís lives and starting a decluttering craze. Kondoís book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing has sold more than 4 million copies worldwide. In it, Kondo guides readers through the process of transforming their cluttered homes into spaces of serenity and inspiration. There is science to back up Kondoís work: A Princeton University comparison study of task completion in organized versus disorganized environments showed that physical clutter competed for participantsí attention, decreasing performance and increasing stress. Another study showed a spike in stress hormones in mothers dealing with their belongings. Believe it or not, guilt and shame appear to play a role too: Holding on to things in hopes of using them one day (books, clothing in a smaller size, crafting materials) is a perpetual reminder that you have not fulfilled your goals. If this sounds familiar, KonMari may be for you. Plus, youíll end up with clean closets and newfound storage space!"

Sounds like good reinforcement for a few other articles I have read recently and will see if I can get the book!


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ďAs you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler.Ē ĖHenry David Thoreau.

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I was thinking about this blurb that you wrote and realized that I, too, have begun to get worried about the mobility issues that are exacerbated by my hoarding. I had to do some serious path clearing before my recent foot surgery because I was so afraid I would fall and injure my foot that was going to have stitches. I had the surgery on Feb 4th. Took longer to heal than I thought it would. I also have a bad right knee and it was suggested that I have total knee replacement surgery this upcoming fall. NOT going to happen. I need to lose more weight first and know that I would not commit to doing the rehab that success requires. I also cannot be 'out of commission' with the mess that still exists.

But I'm not getting any younger either. So I keep plodding along and even on daze where it looks like I have made more of a mess than I have cleared, I know in my beady little heart that I am making progress. Have beat myself up over this for years and obviously, THAT didn't work, so now I am being my own cheerleader and feeling accomplishments over the "Little Victories"!!

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Well, on the upside, it's sparking a bit of new conversation! emoticon emoticon
And I'm glad I'm not the only one with the "keeping people away" connection. I can definitely see where mobility is also an issue. That is also a reason why I want to start facing my problems with both health and hoarding hardcore; I don't see myself getting any younger anytime soon. emoticon

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SNOWYJADE-Your thoughts resonated with me. I, too, know that part of my weight and most of my hoarding is to keep people away. To have an excuse not to let anyone in!

Lynn, aka SUNSETINAZ, wrote this in 2013. I'm not sure she will even see what you posted SMIDGEN!

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In really thinking about it;I was not a hoarder before my mobility issues.
In fact, before, everyone knee me as a perfectionest!

I have Heritage neuropathy . It effects your balance and appear like you tipsy at xs..

I always was inpatient with my Mother and Dad who were hoarders! Now at xs my joints don't move in additional to the cluminess. That is Fibromylgia. So far, I haven't found relief from that.

Also, about asking Church members to help me. Our is a outreach Church. They look beyond the Church doors to help.

And, Snowy Jade. I have always had a wt. Problem. I do at xs stay trim. But, with xs I am trim, I seem to draw people to me. I can see where by doing with wt. I can keep people from visiting so I don't have to be ashamed of my home.

In fact, with our 52 yr. Old son suffering from Stage 3 colon cancer, with get-togethers we have them at his appt.. that way when he gets tired, he knows he can go to bed.

I go on streaks where I 'pitch ' things right and left.

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Here's another perspective that I feel fits me fairly well. My psychologist pointed this out a few years ago and it has always stuck with me. I have some issues with trust and letting people close to me because of some things that I happened in my past. She asked me if I might use my weight (and continually sabotaging my own efforts to lost it) as a shield to keep people from me. That fits me quite well. She also applied it to the hoarding... I tend to use my hoarding and the state of my house as a way to keep people away from me. That also applies to me. I know everyone's situations are different, but this theory really resonated with me and I feel that, at least in my own case, it applies.

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Limited mobility can affect managing hoarding. It is possible limited mobility could also motivate dealing with piles so they don't become overwhelming.

My curiosity led me to look up an aid for hard to reach items and found this on Amazon.com ... Folding Helping Hand Long-Reach Pick-Up Gripper - Light Weight Aluminum Body

Did the hoarding start before your mobility became limited?
Was there a time when you didn't hoard?

I see your quote at the end of your signature. Have you considered talking with someone from your church to get some support? Just a thought.

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I can definitly see a connection between weight and hoarding! When you are overweight with us say. mobility issues, you can't keep ahead with a little pile of clutter. Then that pile gets bigger. If you have no one to help you, it soon gets overwhelming. Then the mess just gets larger and larger!

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In reading over past discussions, hoarding and health, including weight, may have definite connections.

This is the place to share your observations, thoughts and feelings about this possible connection.

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