I have been in my new home for about 2 weeks now and I genuinely believed at this stage I would be showing you a little tour. I thought I would have a couple of rooms decorated and my kitchen renovation would be underway. Now, these goals have been set for Christmas!
As with all good renovations I have encountered a few little snags, which have required a bit of a rethink. I have also come close to accepting the possibility that I am a hoarder. I do not know why I have accumulated so many boxes of ‘stuff’ over the years, and the arrival of two little boys has only increased this stash!
I am determined to change these hoarding habits of mine! Yet, I also hope to keep things of sentimental value.
I am not yet sure how I am going to achieve this! For example, I have an empty champagne bottle from the night Mr C proposed. It has been sitting on my windowsill as a vase for 7 years, but to be honest, I am sick of looking at it. However, having kept it thus far, I really am reluctant to throw it out.
It has also moved house with us, five times in that period. You think it might have broken by now, but it is clearly made of sturdy stuff! A bit like our marriage perhaps? You see – it is symbolic! How am I supposed to throw this out? If only it were just the champagne bottle, but this is just one example of the items I possess.
So I have been forced to ask myself the question:
Am I a Hoarder? …and here is the evidence:
I own items that I have had since birth.
I have clothes that haven’t fit me in the last 10 years, and let me be honest – will never fit me again!
I have difficulty throwing out items of sentimental value, or those which trigger a memory.
I like to keep household items, such as curtains, just in case!
I own more than one of many items, especially kitchen utensils. Eg an extra tin opener – just in case!
I have shoes I cannot walk in, and thus, will never wear.
I buy items because they are a bargain, as opposed to buying them because I actually need them.
I struggle to throw things out if they are still ‘good’, even if they are not useful to me.
I often have buy items, because I cannot find the one I know I already own.
Okay! I’m going to stop this list now as it is looking highly likely that I have ‘hoarding tendencies’! However, I plan to change! Believe it or not, I do not like clutter, and now that I have a new home I think it is time for a major clear out! This is my plan:
Throw out / donate all clothing which does not fit – with the exception of my wedding dress.
Thin down my collection of kitchen utensils. No-one can use two tin openers at one time!
Create a memory box for items I cannot bear to part with.
Sell / donate a large proportion of my books, in particular my chic-lit books which I do not tend to re-read.
Stop treating the attic as a place to store stuff. Attics are for Christmas decorations and suitcases!
Make a list before shopping and stick to it! – Why come home with a new handbag if what I needed was new shoes! Remember the saying – it is only a bargain if you were going to buy it anyway!
Organize the household collection of tools. Screws, nails, screwdrivers and spanners are less useful if the one you need is not in it’s place.
And finally, to make sure all items in my home have a place where they belong… and no, the kitchen surface doesn’t count!
Of course, I don’t believe I am a hoarder in the same terms as those whose obsession has become so overwhelming it has taken over their lives. It must be truly awful to suffer the anxiety a true hoarder experiences when faced with the prospect of de-cluttering. I am going to say I have tendencies, which I fight, and I am planning to fight, though no clear victor has yet emerged!
I suspect the closest I may get is by doing a ‘Monica’ – a de-cluttered life and a secret cupboard overflowing with ‘things’!
Where do you fit on the hoarder/mimimalist scale?
Have you got any alternative ideas for sentimental items which don’t really ‘fit’ in your home?
All tips gratefully received!