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.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

All my troubles seemed so far away...

So I worked on sorting paperwork today. Remember the big mound of boxes in our study that I posted a picture of here? Well, I needed to get started on it. 

I feel pretty good about what I got done so far, but I need to stop for the night. My back is hurting still from the other day, so I'm going to call it a night soon. 

In the meantime, I was able to get 3 boxes sorted. Most of it went in the trash or the shreadables. The rest is set aside for scanning a little bit later. Hubster got me a portable document scanner for my birthday, and I just got it set up in the last few days. I am loving it! But I do have a lot to scan, so I think for right now I'm going to just keep a crate with stuff in it I need to scan. I'll get to it eventually, and this will give me a chance to get through the other boxes more quickly. I really need to get through them, too. I'm looking for birth certificates and social security cards. You know. Things that shouldn't be lost in mountains of paperwork.

But I have to admit that I laughed out loud at something I came across today. It was a hand over hand handwriting exercise done at school to help Hopper practice her printing.Now that I've scanned it, I'll throw it out, but it just made the sorting so worth it....

Mark played with the yarn in the yard yesturday.


  1. I have maybe 25 xerox sized boxes of paper stuff to go through for the same reason. What kind of portable document scanner did you get? Is it easy to use and do you like it? Good job with all of your de-hoarding!!! You are truly an inspiration to the rest of us!!!

  2. A good day, and a smile , take careof that back girl!

  3. Good for you for getting started! I'm sure it can seem like an overwhelming task, but if you just take it a bit at a time, you'll be surprised at how quickly you get it all done. :-)

  4. The burd flew over the gurls and dropped a turd.

    Which usage of the 'u' is correct?


  5. jenlar3, He got me a Doxie. I am absolutely loving it! And thank you. :)

    Fern, my back is feeling much better. Thank you. :)

    Crystal, thanks for the encouragement. It does feel overwhelming at times. It's then that I remind myself to look around and see what I've already accomplished, and I know I can finish the job. :)

    Ami-exactly! LOL


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