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.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

I wonder how much overwhelmed weighs.

So I've been busy not being busy. Well. Sort of. I've been busy selling some stuff on eBay for a little lady who just lost her house to foreclosure. She needs the money, and frankly, so do I, and I am not doing this for free. Still, it's taken quite a bit of my time, and I've found I've neglected other things that I really should be working on. 

It wouldn't be so difficult, if I hadn't had to relearn how to sell on eBay. I've been away for long enough that almost everything had changed. I'm tempted to open up an eBay store, because I could list up to 2500 items per month for free, where now I can only list 50 for free. It costs about $15 a month for the store, but where listing fees start at 30 cents a pop after the first 50 being free, it would only take 50 listings to get my money back. It makes sense financially, and if I could just get them all listed at the same time, instead of having to wait for days where they have offers for free listings, it could save me a lot of time. I'll probably kick it around for a couple more days and then end up opening a store. :::shrug::: It will either happen, or it won't.

I've been dealing with back spasms in my lower back the last couple of weeks, so that's been fun. Even though it's been on the verge of spasming again today, I threw caution to the wind and worked outside a bit. I need a lot of bits to get anything accomplished, though. The front yard is a disaster after having it dug up for the sewer line replacement back in February. The backyard is a disaster full of downed trees that need cut, split, and stacked, so we can sell it this fall to someone who has a fireplace. Either that, or we need to just get someone back there who will do it for the free firewood Then the garden dreams I dream each night have to find their way into the plans, too. 

I'm trying not to get too overwhelmed. We have a ton to do, but we've also gotten a ton done. Let me rephrase that...we have at least a couple dozen tons to do, but we've gotten a ton done. I just have to remember that the ton we've already finished was finished one pound at a time

Off to go do a few ounces worth of work and trying not to calculate how many ounces there are in a ton. 


  1. I think overwhelmed weight 23 pounds. Because that's how much I still have to lose. So, clearly as soon as I can relax the weight will just come right off.


    As for ebay, we've also been away for a while. Recently listing a few things for a friend who also needs the money. Tony did the store for YEARS, but stopped once they changed to their new policies. It just wasn't worth his effort for his price point (mostly sports cards under $1) Plus the downside of a store is that you have to tend to it everyday, vs auctions that end when you want them to.

    1. Sounds like you've been successful at losing some weight. Congratulations! :)

      Thank you SO much for the input about the store, Juli. I know a lot of people stopped doing eBay with the new changes. I know a few myself. I just know that this is the only way that she can get a decent price on the things she's having me sell. And the good thing is that the price point is higher than Tony's was, so it does seem to make it a little more worthwhile. Especially, if she pays the fees for the store.

      As far as tending the store daily, there's an app for that. It makes it so much easier to know whether or not something has been sold. It's funny to hear your phone sound like a cash register when you receive payment for something, too. Anyway, I don't think that would actually be a problem. The big problem is that it will take between 2.5 and 3 years for me to list all her items, if I only list 50 a month. She doesn't want to have to pay any more fees than she has to, so she wants to only do the free listings. Having a store would allow me to list more of her items each month. At this point, it's her decision, although I'd rather not be at this 3 years from now!

      Thanks again for your input!

  2. Overwhelmed weighs a lot, I know it makes me feel like I am walking through glue!

    1. You're right, Fern. It does feel like walking through glue. And some days the glue is deeper than others! :)


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