…to make myself feel better about my house!
No, seriously, I watch the different Hoarders shows mostly so that I can understand what leads to these sorts of issues and make sure I don’t have this issue. Now that I am a stay-at-home mom, I can totally understand how one might get herself into situations like those portrayed. While often these people have some sort of trauma in their life that triggers the hoarding behavior, it can also be something as simple as going to the store to fill some time while at home with a little one (you know, getting out of the house?), that could lead to something much bigger like a shopping addiction that fills your house with stuff.
But, watching it also makes me aware of the stuff we have in our house that we don’t actually need or use and the need to purge. Having a little one in the house also made me very aware of this fact. My husband and I have never been ones to hold on to stuff simply for the sake of holding on to stuff and we have often gone through our clothes (usually each season as we put away the clothes for the previous season and take out ones for the upcoming season) to donate to the local thrift shop or charity for the homeless or something. But, we haven’t really done that with the stuff in our house. Last summer, knowing E was coming to our home, it made us start to look around and put stuff in a yard sale pile which grew and grew. We participated in a yard sale near my parents’ home (local church hosts, rent a space, sell your stuff). It was great because the church took care of things like advertising, etc. We just loaded up our
crap err…stuff, some tables and such, and set up our stuff in our assigned space. We sold a lot of it and then the stuff we didn’t sell was taken to the local thrift store, so we were able to get it out of our house. We have continued to build a yard sale pile so we can do the same this spring in the community yard sale.
Those that know me well know I love books and have a really hard time getting rid of them. However, we had a bookshelf in E’s room that was full of our books while his books were sitting on top of a blanket chest. So, a few days ago, I took all of our books off of the shelf and put them into some plastic bins, dusted the bookshelf, and put E’s books onto the shelf along with some of his larger toys (to get them out of the middle of the floor). Then, I had to figure out something to do with our books. While Ed was playing with E last night in E’s room, I would grab a bunch of books and ask if he wanted to keep or get rid of each one. I made the decisions about the books that were mine and then we both had input on books that had been given to us (marriage, etc.) or books we had shared (Bible study books, etc.). I then loaded up the books to donate in a box so we can get them out of our house. I’m going to take them to the local library (assuming I can carry the box…ha!). I need to do this same process in our office downstairs, especially since I have all of my school books sitting in crates in there, too.
Another step in the process is going through the hall closet downstairs and the closet in the office to see what we can get rid of/donate/yard sale, etc. And then there’s the basement…but that’s a whole nother obstacle to tackle!