This blog

December 5, 2009

is to be found at Dehoardingdiary.youblog.net. I was going to import it all over here, but then realised I had to do it individual post by individual post. So I won’t.

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Hoarding History

January 3, 2009

I think that, to some degree, I have been a hoarder all my life. Even as a young child I didn’t want to throw anything away, and I also never had any idea of how to organise or categorise my things.

I remember not wanting to throw away Easter Egg packaging, because it was pretty, or in case I forgot what I had had.

I remember never using things (like writing paper, or craft kits), because if I used them they would be gone.

It’s only very recently that I have started challenging that last one. I wouldn’t use, say, some lovely bath lotions because once I had used them they would be gone. But then I realised that not using them was the same as not having them. If I don’t use something because it would be gone once I had used it, then it doesn’t matter that I’ve got it, because I’m not taking advantage of it anyway!

My parents threw little away, but always had a very tidy house (just don’t open the cupboards!). I throw little away, but live in chaos. I need that to change. And to change, I need to feel comfortable getting rid of things.

Start As I Mean To Go On

January 3, 2009

I spent the beginning of the New Year having a huge de-cluttering panic, due to an impending family visit.

70 trash bags out, and my house was still a complete mess, but it had to do, I had no time or energy left!

Now I’ve done all that work, I want to carry it on and de-hoard my house. I want to live in normality, in a stress-free environment without constantly climbing over, and falling over, junk.

This blog will be my record of my de-hoarding experience – the good, the bad and the very ugly.