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, October 5, 2011

I'm still alive in spite of being buried under a ton of paperwork.

I'm still working on paperwork. I've been putting in 8 to 14 hours a day on it, and I've made huge progress. The boxes of papers in the picture I posted earlier spanned an area 5 wide, 3 deep and to the ceiling in the back 2 rows. At this point, the boxes take up an area 1 deep, 1 wide, and the stack only goes about 2/3 up the wall. 

Unfortunately, the picture didn't include all the paperwork that needs to be tackled. There's more current stuff, (from the last 5 years or so), on the other side of the study. It needs to be addressed, so the study can be fully organized and functional.

Several people, including The Hubster, have suggested ordering the birth certificates again. And while it might be easier in some ways to order them, I'm hoping I will have found the ones I'm looking for by the time the new ones would have arrived in the mail, anyway. Because I can't just go down to the courthouse and pick them up, since the girls weren't born here, it would take several weeks for them to make an appearance. I know we ordered a new birth certificate for Hopper a few years ago, and I'm sure to come across it in the newer stuff that still needs sorted. I still need to locate Scooters, but for the life of me I can't remember, if I ordered a new one for her then or not. I guess I'll find out soon enough. 

While I was sorting through boxes this weekend, I realized the main reason I don't want to order the birth certificates is for totally self-serving purposes. If I order them, I won't have to finish the paperwork anytime soon. And I really, really, really need to get through this paperwork. It's been hanging over my head and weighing me down for far too long. 

I actually came across paperwork from the bank account I had in high school!

Did I mention how long it's been holding me back??

Far. Too. Long. That's how long.

As a result of the hours I've been putting in on paperwork, I haven't been online much at all.  

I've ignored my friends and family. 

I've failed to return emails. 

I've neglected my blog.

And unfortunately, I don't see that changing in the foreseeable future. 

In the meantime, I will continue to update the sidebar with the shredables count. 

I hope to be back to blogging daily, returning emails, and interacting with friends and family again within a week or two... 

Definitely by Thanksgiving.

I am also hoping to be finished once and for all with paperwork, so all I need to do is maintain things. 

Here's to hoping...


  1. You just keep at it. I don't know how. I can't seem to even get started. How'd you do it?

  2. You know we're here when you're ready to come back.

    You are amazing.

  3. Life does go on my friend , we will be here when you have more time. Meanwhile remember you have done brilliant work so far

  4. Good Luck!! I hope you are able to get through it all quickly and without any paper cuts or nose bleeds. I don't know about you but when I work with paper for a long time I get nose bleeds. I'm weird though.

  5. You're doing GREAT!!! What an amazing 'after' picture you'll be able to take some day....


  6. wow! good for you. you can do it.

  7. Thanks, My name. :)

    Middle Child, I have no idea how to even get started some days! I just am under the gun with needing to have things as done as possible due to home upcoming home visits for guardianship. There are some days I can't seem to do a thing, and other days I can't seem to stop.

    Thank you, Ami & Fern. :)

    Tiffany, my nose doesn't start to bleed, but my eczema flares all over my hands. :P

    Thanks Lucy & Ethel! I'm hoping for a decent after pic soon!

    Thanks, Terena!

    I really do appreciate all y'all's support! :)


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