Compulsive hoarding is a mental disorder that is just beginning to be understood. As a hoarder, I have acquired things over the years with a specific purpose in mind at the time of the acquisition, used some of those items for their intended purposes, forgotten the goal for different objects, but now that I find that they have outlived their purpose in my life I am struggling to rid myself of those same things.

You can read the start of my journey here.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Do you want my advice?

My grandfather used to say, "Everybody's entitled to their own opinion. They just don't have the right to share it, unless asked."

I think he had something there!

Several well meaning friends have offered advice. I know that they're only trying to help me. I really do get that. But I have to attack this hoarding issue in my own way, and the extra advice overloads me mentally. If I don't take someone's advice, I really do hope they don't take it personally. I love them and the fact they care enough to want to help. It's just that this is something I must tackle on my own.

I've had problems getting started today, but the night's not over!

I did go through my medications and purged what was outdated or that to which I'm allergic. I need to get my medicines organized again. It really helps me to remember to take all the necessary ones and to take my vitamins. I have been disorganized in this area for the better part of a year, and while I've been taking my prescription meds, I'm sure the lack of vitamins has taken a toll on my health. The expired medicines are in a bag to be dropped off at the recycling center that takes them. I have so many, and I am just not comfortable tossing them in the trash. It will be on a master to-do list, and I look forward to the day I can cross it off once they've been delivered!

Yesterday, I worked on getting rid of the cabinets. The thrift store that said they'd be out to get them Monday never called. When I called Tuesday, the woman I was supposed to talk to had already gone home by noon, so I had more calls to make. I found out that one of the national thrift stores doesn't pick up in my zip code no matter what is being offered. Another one said they'd come out this morning and look at the cabinets, but they didn't know for sure, if they'd take them until they saw them. So I listed them on Craigslist for free. Just for fun, I put an invisible counter on the page, and I was shocked to see that it had 1242 page loads within just a few hours! I have to admit that the best part was seeing the empty driveway when they were gone!!

I think I should have put a coat on when they came over to pick them up last night, though. A sweatshirt wasn't quite enough, and I woke up this morning with a gargantuan cold sore. I think it stressed my body, because I got a bit chilled. Thankfully, there are medicines that help with cold sores, and sleep always does a body good, so I'll be trying to make it a somewhat early night. I do have to get some laundry done, but I will go through at least one box before bed.

Who knows? Maybe I'll get through more than one. ;o)


  1. Take my advice.
    Don't take anyone's advice.

    But be willing to advise.


  2. Also try freecycle as the saying goes "One man's junk might be another man's treasure". I could clothe a small Army of women as long as they wear Plus size's or need shoes. In fact I put out a whole bag of nice shoes for someone on Freecycle and they never came to get them :(

  3. yep freecycle is great. funny that about not being picked up,happens from time to time,then you get the greedy ones who collect everything lol

    advice.urgh..i have rhumatoid and fibro...always being given health advice,like my doctors trained for 12 years but knows nothing? lol ohh hoarding advice...always have to wonder were they biting their tounges before..but thats just me lol

  4. Hi - thanks so much for sharing about something so difficult. As for advice ? Sorry but even tho didn't ask - ha - I want to ask have you tried taking L- lysine at all? I had canker sores which are just cold sores inside the mouth and they were very painful. I took the supplement a few times when I had them and they haven't come back :) Now as for my house I have no right to advise anyone!! Trying is all

    1. Ha! Thanks for your comment! :) I had not tried l-lysine at the time I wrote this post, but I have since. Thankfully, I rarely get them anymore!


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