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, January 5, 2012

Nothing but net.

The visit with the court visitor went better than we could have ever expected. It felt like we'd known her forever, and she loved the girls.

We were very honest with her. We explained that we are recovering hoarders who are still working on dehoarding the house. She said that she didn't consider our house to be a hoarded home. That it was nothing compared to other people's homes she's been in where there were hoarding problems. I did tell her that we'd gotten rid of probably more than half of what we need to, so it's a huge improvement. Still. It made us feel good to know that we have come as far as we have, and it makes the final goal feel totally attainable at some point. 

I was still stressed today before she got here. Hubster was, too. The tension was thick in the air, and it caused all of us to snap at one another a bit. I think that's a normal and natural reaction to stress, albeit a frustrating one. The stress dissipated much like a fog beginning to lift the longer the we spoke with the court visitor By the time she left, all of us were quite relieved and things were back to normal. 

She said that this is a very simple case, and once she gets her report submitted our attorney will be able to get a court date for us. She said we could expect it to be as late as March, because the dockets are so full right now. But at least we feel like we can breathe. In fact, I am relaxed enough I can't seem to keep my eyes open.

It's off to bed for me.

If I can wake up enough to get in there, that is...


  1. Hoarding - I do not know much of - but I do know that I keep things.... It has not got that bad - as hoarding - where I can not walk about - but it could.... so, I have been organizing and getting rid of - lately. Thanks for sharing your blob.

  2. Can you explain to me again why you had to get this so that I can relate that info to my daughter who has an eleven year old with autism and she will BE INFORMED as to what she needs to do when he approaches age eighteen. THX

    I'm so happy you are over that hurdle of a home visit. :0)


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