Hoarding — 9 Comments

  1. Of course you are not a hoarder Holly! Good grief…that is mere clutter. We all have clutter! Clutter is useful stuff. You might need it one day!
    Pity you live so far away. We could swap some clutter!

  2. Have asked myself the same question over the years . I saved many things, not sure why, but knowing that someday I would be looking for something just like that. And sometimes that even happened. More often it didn’t but I did get very creative with a lot of the items. One of my favorites was a large bag of hypodermic needle casings that I saved after my DH needed infusion therapy for a staph infection years ago. Stuff with puff balls , add eyes and a chenille stem for antlers and you have a box of adorable ornaments to give to the local children’s charity.

    Then a few months ago, I noticed city officials at a house down the block. She was always known for being a hoarder, the overflow ending up in the carport and outdoor entranceway. She kept to herself and seemed healthy, being seen gardening or getting her mail from time to time. After that, it seemed like the police were there every few days until just a few weeks ago, when three police cars were there and later that day, signs were put around the outside of the house saying “STAY VACANT”, our city’s way of saying that nobody should enter said property. Apparently, after family was unable to reach her, the police were forced to gain entrance, had to crawl on their bellies from room to room, finding the owner barely alive in the back room. Her dog was not as lucky. She is recovering in a local hospital and thankfully, her family will be taking her with them when she recovers.

    It definitely helped me decide I was NOT a hoarder, just a crafty person with a lot of stuff. Regardless, I’ve been on a cleaning spree since then, deciding, like you, that many other people were in need of the things I was saving for a rainy day in way-too-sunny Tucson.

  3. Child Protective Services can use suitcases and backpacks. Children often have to throw their things in a trash bag when they are removed from their homes.

  4. Good point – overseas we are in a slightly different situation. Army Community Services has such supplies here on their shelves (and things aren’t needed all that often as just about everyone with the military has something or other for suitcases since they all flew over here).

    Since the recycle has a free store, I know that one or other of the junior folks/families will wind up picking them up. Meets my criteria for having the items go somewhere they are needed.

  5. One of the funniest bits I heard on NPR recently was about a mom who got everything ready for the return to school for her two kids, except for their reusable lunch bags. Very long and funny story short, they were still in the kids backpacks (since the end of school) and still had food inside. One was crushed at the bottom or a HS girl’s books, and one was on top and rotted. After finding them, she decided to play dumb and let the kids “find” them and deal with the contents. Needless to say, the story was much funnier and I remember sitting in traffic and laughing myself silly!
    I seem to hoard papers on my kitchen counter. I wish I could just give up the paper version of the daily newspaper (after all, it’s online) and I do throw out bags of papers at least once or twice per month. No, technically, I don’t think either one of us is a hoarder. One help with my book situation is that I’m a slow reader, so there’s no way I can accumulate books at the rate you do, but then I wish I could read as fast as you do!

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