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.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Catching Zs on Mother's Day Eve.

Woke up this morning with chest and head congestion. It could just be a result of having our windows open over night. I'm really hoping that I'm not getting what the rest of the family has been dealing with lately, but I'm not holding my breath. I've had a headache for the better part of the day. Shoot, I've had them the better part of the week, and I'm not one to typically get headaches. I guess I'll know before too long.

All things considered, I'm happy with what I got done today. 

I got 5 loads of laundry washed, dried, folded and put away. I got 5 totes of clean clothes packed away for further sorting once things slow down around here. They're clothes that Bugster will eventually go through to see, if she wants to use any of them for her little ones. 

And then...

Are you ready for this? 

I found MORE laundry!

Thankfully, it wasn't a huge box. It was just a plastic under the bed storage tote full of clothes I'd washed before I put them in storage years ago. The bad thing is that they smell super musty-on the verge of mildewy, even. I'm not sure what happened that they smell the way they do. I think it has to do with the basement flooding 2 years ago and then the tote going into the storage pod on the drive. It doesn't matter why they smelled so rank. They won't smell that way for long. I've got the washing machine full and soaking overnight, and I'll finish the rest up in the next day or so.

I worked downstairs today in the craft area, too. I spent a couple of hours straightening things up, so the area was more conducive to sorting boxes and actually putting things away permanently. I still have a ton to do down there, but rearranging things and picking up a bit made it possible to empty 2 boxes before stopping for the night.  

All in all, I'm satisfied with what I got done today. I feel it was a product day. I'm just finding it amazing that even when I feel like I have productive days I'm not getting nearly as much done as I did when Mom was here. She was such a tremendous help!

Still. I have to remember what my grandfather used to say about situations like this. "When you're feeling bad about not getting everything you wanted to get done in a day, you need to look around and see what you did get done." 

I got enough done, and I'll sleep well tonight.


  1. Bugster, do you want your mom to save those clothes for you? Five totes worth? Can you go through them now and make a decision? Or, Mom, can you just give them to Bugster now and let her make her own decision/store what she wants herself?

  2. Anonymous makes a good point, I think. It would certainly make your life easier if you got those things out of your house.

    Happy Mother's Day to a very dedicated mom.


  3. Great question, Anonymous.

    Bugster and I talked about it awhile back. She just asked that I put anything I think she might be interested in using in a tote for her, and she'll go through it later. Right now, she just doesn't have time, and she's been under tremendous amounts of stress.

    She's been going to school full time but just a week ago decided to take a break of a couple of months, so she can finish planning her wedding, she's planning her wedding, (they got married a year ago at the courthouse, but they want to have a more official ceremony), working full time as a floral designer (she worked 24 hours on Friday and Saturday alone), is helping raise her 15 year old brother-in-law, and has been sicker than a dog for the last 2 weeks with a respiratory infection that has hit hard.

    In a word, she's stressed.

    The last thing I want to do is to add to her stress level, so the totes have been put in the back of a closet where they'll stay clean and they will be out of the way. When things settle down around here, I'll probably go through them again and pare them down even more, but for now, they're out of sight, out of mind. I can deal with that. I have so much on my plate right now, myself, that giving myself permission to put the clothes away for awhile has taken a real load off and has actually allowed me to be more productive.

    As time goes on, my desire to get rid of as much as I can only grows. The clothes won't stay in the bedroom closet or The Closet forever! :)

  4. Happy Mothers day,Hope you are feeling better

  5. You have been making so much progress on this clean up. All forward motion is good. Happy Mother's day, too.

  6. Here's my saying:

    When you're feeling that you're not getting enough of your to-do list done, tear it up and write a "DONE" list!

    It works every time.

    You really are making amazing progress. I hope you & your family are all well very soon.


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