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.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Footprints in the sink.

Well, that's what it looked like to me. I found evidence of a herd of trolls in my sink when I was doing dishes today. Yes. Trolls roam in herds. At least at my house. That's my story and I'm stickin' to it.

Ok. No I'm not. We had just used most of the dishes, and I hadn't gotten to them for a couple of days. Ok. For 3 days. So I filled the dishwasher. Twice. Plus I still have a few kettles, knives, etc. that have to be hand washed. I don't like what happens to them in the dishwasher.

I don't have an over abundance of kettles or knives, but I am thinking I might have a few too many dishes, glasses and mugs. It's not like they're not all used, but that's the problem. When we run out of dishes, when everyone is sick, it takes forever to wash everything! It's handy that we rarely run out of dishes, but they can really pile up quickly. So I'm thinking it might be a good idea to purge some of the dishes. If we don't have as many, we'll have to wash the ones we have more often, and things won't pile up as easily.

I'm not sure exactly which ones I'm going to get rid of, though. We use the stoneware in the microwave, but it's so heavy! It really does a number on my neck to unload them from the dishwasher and put them away. Plus, they're heavy enough that our youngest has a really hard time walking from the kitchen to the dining room with even one plate, if she's helping to set the table. Not that we've set the table for awhile. But we will be again soon, and she needs to be able to help.

The Tupperware plates that we use the most can't go in the microwave. But they're so handy! Both girls can carry a stack of them, and they're not too heavy. They don't break, if they're chucked across the floor. Have I mentioned that our youngest has a bit of a temper? We've lost more than a few glasses, mugs, or dishes that way. She'd grab them from the table and fling them several years ago, if she was in the right mood.

I do pare down the number of mugs and glasses we have from time to time. I go through the mugs at least once a year and get rid of some. It's amazing how they multiply, though, isn't it? The glasses, though...that's a different story.

I have no idea why I like so many glasses, but I do! We probably have 24 glasses. For 4 of us, that doesn't necessarily sound like too many. However, the girls use water bottles almost exclusively. And since the hubby is at work most of the time, 24 glasses for my use seems like a bit of overkill. It's just so handy to not run out.


I must purge. It will make my life simpler.


  1. I HATE DOING THE DISHES. That's all.

  2. Corelle.

    Worth the investment.
    Toss the rest.

  3. I have quites a few dishes as well ,matter of fact I actually own seven sets of china! (many are antiques, or heirlooms fro family ) storage is the biggest issue. All the mugs though! I do go through and ditch extra coffe mugs fairly often

  4. We don't even drink coffee and still our mugs seem to multiply, weird. I hate doing dishes, really, truely, HATE IT!

  5. Fern..I honestly think that's different. :) Heirlooms and antiques are in a class by themselves, and I would hang onto each of those sets as well! :)

    I'm so glad I'm not the only one who doesn't like doing dishes. It means I'm normal! :D already know what I'm going to say, since I bounced it off you, but I'll address Corelle in tonight's post. :)

  6. i hated the washing up lol I have a sinkful as we speak lol


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