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confessional list February 27, 2013

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I have mentioned over the past few months with a select few people that I have issues.  I have many issues, all of which I am not about to divulge here on this blog today, but I am going to share one of my bigger issues.  I do not know why I feel the need to share this list and in some weird way confess this information, but nonetheless I do feel compelled to share.  So, here goes. 

 

I am well on my way to being a hoarder!  HOARDER!  Some of my awesome, loving, support friends and family try to help me rationalize and label it something else as “Oh no honey, you are just a collector”, or “You see other ways objects can be utilized and your creativity”…and so on.  And first and foremost, to those of you who try to help me laugh at myself or tell me that it isn’t THAT bad, well THANK YOU, but I mean, let’s just be REAL!  I may not be to the “let’s call TLC Hoarders” stage yet, but I assure you, I am well on my way if things don’t change! 

 

A few weeks back while Cason was napping and I was attempting to clean the house (and was failing miserably), I decided to just write down the items that I tend to hoard.  Most of you probably already know that I LOVE LOVE LOVE thrift stores, so you can already see how this story goes…LOL!  I have come to the realization that I compulsively buy things simply because they fall into a category of object/thing/item/collectible/stuff that I like.  It does not matter that I might have 14 of that same item already at home in some shape or size.  In less than 10 minutes I had quickly (it was a little too easy honestly for me to rattle the list off so quickly) ticked off 50 categories!  OH MY STARS!  I was laughing in a “are you for real” type of way by the time I was done.  This massive list was starring me in the face once and for all.  Even though I “see” the stuff every day, I evidently have begun to not see it anymore.  Those clutter blinders are working overtime!

 

So, without further ado, here is my Hoarding List Confessional (not in any specific order):

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So, WHEW!   What a list!  Are you still with me?  Hopefully you didn’t bail on me after reading that list.  Embarrassing on many levels, but it is just real.  So, now what?  If you are like me, you are asking “Ummm, where do I even start?”   Tossing it all out would not be good, so let’s just skip right over that option.  I obviously need to cull a LOT of stuff.  I wrote this list in late January and since then I have been steadily trying to go through my stuff.  I have attempted to better organize what I am keeping and be much more mindful of my purchases when I am out on my thrift store jaunts.  I have taken 20 boxes for donation at various local thrift stores, 10 bins for consignment, and recycled/tossed what I could.  I will provide more details later on my different quirky hoard of items. The funny part of it all is that most of my stuff is neatly arranged, OCD organized, and quite lovely….Organized Clutter at it’s finest, at least that is what I keep telling lying to myself.

 

So, anyone else a closet hoarder?  Or are you just out in the open like me now?  :-)  Have you made your list?  Do you need to? 

 

I am off to the thrift store, I mean, errr, off to sort through more items.  😉

 

Stay Groovy! 

Iris

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5 Responses to “confessional list”

  1. […] safely say we have WAY too much stuff…plates, bowls, books, fabric, glass, on and on…..remember my list of collections, I mean my hoard….Whew it is overwhelming.  One would think after packing up 40 boxes that […]

  2. edbernst@knology.net Says:

    Acknowledging the problem is more than halfway to the solution. I admire you for publicly declaring it (kind of like AA?). Perhaps you could select certain categories and use your organization skills to set up a schedule to reduce or dispose of them.

    Ed

  3. Iris, it may be in your DNA. My wife and I visit England often and cannot pass a charity (thrift) shop without looking for English items. Once we visited 15 stores in one day, and later had to purchase two charity shop suitcases to get it all home. Our children will have fun some day with E-bay. So be a collector if the items give you joy. Cousin Glenn

    • Hi Glenn! Your story had me laughing out loud, because I can easily see Pete and I doing this on future overseas trips, or any vacation for that matter We bought an extra cargo storage shell to take with us on vacation so that we can make our various stops along the way at our favorite antique and thrift stores. 🙂 How funny! Thanks for reading and commenting. I always love reading about our family on your blog. Sick of snow yet?


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