To hoard or not to hoard...that is the question

I just finished watching a hilarious episode of Dr Phil on packrats and hoarding. And if you know me well, you know why I was laughing so hard...I'm a hoarder! Well, I have to admit that I'm not a hoarder to the extent these women are, particularly the woman they featured on the second half of the show, but I'll be the first to admit that I have too much "stuff". In my house it's fairly obvious that I have a lot of "stuff" since I have to find creative ways to store, stack and stash it...there really isn't much storage in this little house. The reason this show got me laughing is that I was just telling a friend the other night that I'm trying to reform, cut my clutter and get rid of some of the things I really don't need. So slowly but surely I'm making a pile of "stuff" that I will decide whether or not I want to keep...stuff that just doesn't fit in anywhere. This includes a large pile of candles and candleholders (that's for you, Dad!). I am also planning on buying a shredder so I can get rid of a whole rubbermaid container of paper clutter. Now if only I could figure out what to do with a bag of pinecones and and big box of antique wooden spools...any ideas? Yes, I watch home organization shows and look at websites pushing the joys of organizing your home, but I find that doing anything they suggest is often impossible for me. Because I rent, I can't just go and invest hundreds of dollars in built-in organizers, hang crazy things from the ceiling or buy new furniture with built in storage...so I try to get creative in my own way...a few dressers, rubbermaids for storage and baskets. As T can attest to, every nook and cranny in my house is used! Oprah is on right now (yes, Dr. Phil and Oprah are unfortunately a regular part of my after work routine...) and they just featured a $75 million mansion...so now I'm thinking that everything would be better if I just moved into that house...I could really spread things out and it wouldn't be cluttered at all! The solution to my problems!

Comments

ZimZen said…
I also saw the show, and confess I did think of you! With much love and affection of course! Y'know the local humane society takes as many papers, and shredded stuff as they can get in order to line the animal cages. Your paper collection might actually help a puppy potty train... Hmmmm!
dags said…
Hey! Very cool!
T said…
I like the masion idea, only downside is then you'd have to hire help to actually clean the place...then you'd be watching that "How Clean is Your House" show. EWWW!
Renee said…
Ya know I hoard things too...without realizing it...and I look around my place and can't believe how cluttered things are....sigh...hopefully when I move that I'll be able to get organized again...anybody for a garage sale? Dags you can buy all my junk lol
dags said…
Sorry Renee, you can't let me loose at a garage sale...unless you're willing to do an exchange of goods!
Swoosh said…
I think that the solution is to put everything in a shed in your backyard. I desperately need something like that because the back entry way is almost completely blocked with tools, etc. *sigh*
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Superjan said…
junk art. start making junk art and sell it for ridiculous amounts at the Fringe next year!