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, September 15, 2010

Wake Up Little Suzy. Wake Up!

I slept today.

A lot.

I've just been beat today, so I figured I probably needed the rest.

I wasn't able to get a lot done besides a couple loads of laundry and the dishes, but what can I say? I didn't have much time after sleeping so much.

I did use Old English polish on the shelving unit we'd gotten for hubby to use as a bookshelf for his collection of books. It turned the dried out and drab looking oak into something quite presentable. He is now free to load the thing down with books. Well...almost.

Tomorrow the kids have an early release day at school. So Frank will be coming over to help me out and make a little money for the school formal dance that's coming up. So I'll have him help me with cutting some extra shelves to go in the bookshelf unit for Hubster. It should be easy enough to cut the shelves. It's just a matter of measuring and cutting, and it shouldn't take very long.

This is one of the things that we need to have done before we can get the storage pod emptied on the driveway. At least by having the shelving unit ready, Hubster can get the several boxes of books in the pod emptied and put away. Not everything in the shed has a place to go just yet. But it will make things so much easier overall, if at least some of them have an immediate place to go when they're unloaded.

This is something we've needed for a very long time. A place for my husband to put his books. Shortly after I wrote this post, I happened to look at the dresser in our bedroom and noticed all the books my husband had stacked on his side of the bed. I only counted what I could see. I didn't count the ones that were stacked on the floor-only those I could spot easily. We were both quite surprised when I counted 56 books in view. That's a lot of books. Hubster has since cleaned the books off the dresser and just boxed them up, but he really deserves a place to store them on a more permanent level. This is it.

So in spite of the fact that I slept most of the day, I feel like I got something done toward the whole dehoarding/decluttering/organizing process. It will be nice to cross it off my list entirely tomorrow.


  1. I love Old English polish! That stuff can make most darker wood furniture look practically brand new!

    We're book people as well but I have to make us donate the books we know we probably will not read again to the library. They like getting them and we get more space that does eventually fill up with more books!

  2. You're doing a great job, and rest is important.

  3. Yes rest is important and sounds like you really needed it! Good job!

  4. Wow! Are you my twin or what? The one difference is that we did the pod thing then after all my work of packing the stuff up to load in there, my husband tore down a chimney that was just minding it's own business withing the walls, leaving 2x4's exposed and a 20x30" hole between the upstairs and the downstairs. Then there's all the plaster dust and he tore off paneling exposing lathe. And I guess he got tired of destroying things so he unloaded the pod and boxes are in the garage. Walls and floors haven't even been touched. It's crap and I am depressed. Re: books. I have well over 100 and am waiting for a built in bookcase to be built. You, at least make progress.

  5. Sounds good , keep taking it slow till you are better K?

  6. Sleep is the best thing you can give yourself...clean and sleep, clean and sleep...sounds like a plan to me...I need a nap :)

  7. hard that must have been! If it helps at all...we have a bathroom we tore apart 8 years ago thinking we'd get it renovated. Hasn't happened yet, but now that we're making progress, I'm going to make it happen within the next year or so! :)

    Thanks everyone. I got plenty of much needed and much appreciated rest! :)


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