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, March 17, 2010

I need a kitchen aide. Anyone? Anyone?

I've been working in the kitchen trying to clean things out and purge things. I'm not exactly sure why I've been working in there. I've got plenty to do everywhere else, but I want to get things cleaned up in there and get the table cleaned off. I hate when the table is cluttered and we can't sit down to eat as a family.

Yesterday, I did clean out half of my mugs. I just realized that I didn't use the majority of them. We don't drink coffee. I drink hot chocolate or tea on occasion, but not often enough to keep the 8 extra mugs I decided the thrift store needs more than I do. I may still get rid of a couple more, but I just haven't decided yet. I'll think about that tomorrow, if I've made enough headway with the table.

I also threw a bunch of plastic dishes that had the recycle code 7 on them. They likely contain BPA, which can cause endocrine disruption. I also tossed the water bottles that we had left that were made of the plastic that has BPA in it. On one hand, it's made it much easier to decide which dishes to toss. On the other hand, it's frustrating, because we will need to replace these things. Finding replacements for the Tupperware that we used in the microwave will be the hardest part, although I do have a couple of broken pieces. I'll at least get a credit to buy something that doesn't have BPA in it. I can always use more storage.

I do have some plastic glasses that were bought new a few years ago, but they don't have any code on the bottom. I *thought* that all plastic had to have a recycle code of some sort on it, but apparently not. Unless there's such a thing as clear melamine. Anyone know? I'll be looking into it a bit before I toss them. They're a handy size for juice and for the girls to use.

I'm going to bed now. I'm hoping some sleep will take care of this headache and leave me refreshed for tomorrow.


  1. This is my first time stopping by. Good luck on trying to clear out the clutter. It sounds like you are making great progress. Yeah, you! You go, girl.

  2. Boy, you've been busy!!!

    I love cleaning out and wish I had more time to do it. There's a good chance your blog just might inspire me enough to FIND the time :)


  3. Busy gilr! , the plastic is a good thing to get rid of for a start ,can't believe the crap they put in stuff

  4. Now you've got me wondering about the plastic hiding in my cupboards..... Good girl!

  5. I'm getting rid of a lot of mugs and stuff too. It's weighing me down. I can't wait to feel lighter. No idea about the plastic cups. Have you Googled it?


  6. Congratulations on clearing out more clutter. I HAD to look up BPA and find out about it. The Washington Post did an article on health hoaxes and BPA was one of them, so now I will have to look it up more. I love my Pampered Chef stuff but it is expensive. (It seems to last forever though.)


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