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.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Just a typical day. And pictures.

Woke up this morning to Scooter having gastrointestinal difficulties. She stayed home from school, took some Immodium AD and rested. She was feeling better by this afternoon but still tired. Not sure, if she'll go to school tomorrow or not.

Made an appointment for Hopper to go into see the dentist. She broke a crown. Not a porcelain crown, but a
silver one! I would think it would be difficult to break a big old chunk out of a metal crown, but I'm thinking there's a good chance that the teeth grinding that happens at night may have contributed to it. We take her in Wednesday to show them that there is no way they'll be able to work on her in the chair and will instead have to put her under general anesthesia to get her dental work done. We're hoping the surgery will be as soon as next week.

Finished up on the last of the paperwork today for the refinancing. Looks like we'll be closing this week. It will be nice to have it out of the way. Really looking forward to saving a bit of money each month, too. You know. Just in case we need it...

For instance like today when I thought I heard water running, went into the laundry room, and noticed water all over the floor. And all over the ceiling. A pipe had sprung a leak. We now have a neatly repaired pipe and our credit card balance is $320 higher than it was this morning. It could be worse. It could have happened in a room that didn't have an unfinished ceiling and a drain in the floor.

On a good note, I finished up the painting today. I think. I have a little left in my tray that I'm not going to toss out just yet. I'll wait until the current coat on everything is dry and then use what's left for touch up - just in case something needs it. The headboard and footboard may need a little more. I guess I'll find out soon enough.

I took a few pictures today...

To the left is the bookshelf turned entertainment center I've been painting.

To the right is the dresser and hutch I've been working on the last few weeks.

We got the bookshelf at a local catalog store that was going out of business for less than $25. I can't remember, if we paid $20, or if we paid $24 for it. Whatever it was, it wasn't much.

The dresser and hutch were given to me by a dear friend years ago. They were in desperate need of a new paint job, and I have to admit I love how they turned out! This would so go in my kitchen, if I had the room. I'm not sure, if I'll be using it to store games or tea party dishes or both, but it will be used. I still have to make little curtains for it or add glass to the doors.

This is what the wall looks like with them on it. We haven't installed the door to the workout room yet. It will obviously be in between these two pieces. It will be a light oak, and it has 15 little windows in it. It's one of the next projects. I just have to finish up the doors first. I'm hoping to stain it soon.

So there you have it. More pictures to come in the next day or two. You know. When I have enough time.




  1. Great paint jobs!! Those are some handsome pieces of furniture. And what a great deal!

  2. Such awesome furniture! You do a great job! I also like the paint color of the walls behind the pieces!

  3. They look great! I can now see the different green colors. I guess I was too tired last night. The whole thing looks amazing! Great work!

  4. They look phenomenal! And I love the green wall color!

  5. Those looks great! Your always working so hard keep it up. Your house looks great in the photos can't tell you have any clutter must be a thing of the past now.

  6. You've always been able to see the potential in things that most of us just want to throw away! You've done a great job, once again, dear friend. I'm so jealous!!!

  7. Thank you, everyone! I greatly appreciate it. :)

    Sherry - Unfortunately, I'm really good at taking pictures around the mess. At the same time, the basement is still fairly empty, and we're trying to keep it that way. The rest of the house still looks like it threw up. :P It's going to take a good year or more to finish what we've started with the dehoarding, in spite of the fact that we've made great progress.

    Dearest Anita-Believe me when I say you have nothing to be jealous of with me!! :)

  8. I LOVE the colors and the white furniture!!! It looks SO good!! Good job.

  9. Love the furniture!!! Maybe it will inspire me to do something creative here someday. After football....


  10. I LOVE the pictures! LOVE them! :]


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