Monday, August 20, 2018

How I Stopped Being a Hoarder

Hoarding is clutter out of control. 

Hoarding is a mental disorder that affects all aspects of a person’s life. Being a hoarder has severely affected my quality of life. I’ve almost pushed myself out of my upstairs. 

I come from a long-line of hoarders on my Mom’s side. I dealt with it with my Mom growing up. So, I know there is an underlying problem or problems that cause my hoarding. Below are some of the ways I’m using to stop hoarding. 

For me, like my mom, I love to shop. Shopping, Shopping, Shopping. And I love to getting a bargain. I always had a lot of collectibles growing up that my Mom bought me, but I lost everything in a fire in 2009. 

That gave me lots of money and my own computer to stay up all night and shop for bargains. Or better yet find free items. 

My bedroom and attic are each 13’ x 26’ once rebuilt and I have managed to fill them both and the hallway. 

What do I hoard? 

Books and journals-mostly blank. I can’t pass up a pretty journal or notebook. I also told myself that I may not have the money in the future to buy these things. 

Not only do I have print books, but I also print up ebooks and put them in binders.  

What I'm Doing To Not Collect More

I get paid at the beginning of the month, so the first thing I do is pay all the bills and buy everything I’ll need for the month. I drain my bank account. 

I’ve never been good with money (bipolar OCD=shop till you drop). My brother, Ronnie who I live with, takes my bill money and pays the bill throughout the money. He then buys food and such through the month. 

This has worked out well for me. Without money, I don’t get obsessed with needing to shop. I allow myself to buy a few fun things at beginning of the month, then must wait until the next month to buy more. 

The second thing I did was get rid of my printer. I was obsessed with it for years. Printing every ebook, journal, workbook and worksheets I could get my hands on. 

I always claimed I printed the ebooks because they were easier to read. But my upstairs is more of a fire hazard then ever before. And I’ve had enough fires in my life. 

My Plan

From now on I will only buy what I truly need and maybe a few $1.00 items for fun (my crafts). I will not print any more pages to add to collection. I will plan to declutter, starting with the hallway. 

I will work on one small section at a time. I don’t want to burn myself out. I will ask help from my brother, sister-in-law and roommate. 

Being a hoarder has had a profound effect on every single part of my life. I’ve decided on two ways to stop hoarding. And I’m working on discovering all the underlying problems of why I’m a hoarder. Now I will declutter a small chunk at a time. 


Sunday, August 5, 2018

The Reason I Need to Declutter My Life

Charlie-Looking Sleek
The reasons for decluttering your home are as varied as the people in the world. Many do not have a lot of junk, but they need to know how to organize and have a place for all their stuff. 

Josielynn-Sitting Pretty

I have always made excuses for not decluttering and organizing, but recently I had a terrible nightmare. Back in 2009, we had a house fire because of an electrical cord. After over 30 years of accumulating stuff, I walked out of that fire with my glasses, phone, Beatles t-shirt and panties. 

Hope-Guarding The Food

A week or so ago I had a dream that all the books and papers I have hoarded in the upstairs of our house caught on fire. I couldn’t get my dog, Josielynn and two cats, Charlie and Sunshine out. I Stared through the flames, watching them, MY BABIES! Pace back and forth, trying to find a way out. I woke up crying and shaking to my core. 

Heidi-Cutest on the Block
I had just chalked it up to another bad dream (I have lots), until a few nights ago my sister-in-law, Heather, said a sentence that caused me to have Deja vu. She had told me the same exact thing in a dream a week before, in the same exact location and circumstances. 

Mika-Thinking About What to Think About

Now this is not a first for me. I’ve had several dreams come true in my life. I’ve also been having a lot of déjà vu moments recently. 

This all has caused me to act. I have no kids. My pets are my babies. If I had to move and they said I couldn’t take my pets, I would settle for a lower quality home, so I could keep them. Many of you know what I mean. 

Sunshine (on right)-With Her Beloved Mom Cat Angel

Finally, last night my brother said he may want the attic back. That was the last sign the universe needed to send me. I got up today, started making goals, planning, writing and working on small sections of my hallway. 

There are many great reasons to declutter and organize your home. However, some are more direr than others.