Hoarding

Friends, I am not a hoarder.

I’m certainly a collector: art photography journals, National Geographic magazines, 1/64-scale tractor models, empty insulin bottles. Lisa and I have jointly built quite a library of our own. I don’t think that’s a problem. That’s normal first-world behavior.

I mean, I might be a pack-rat. I might have kept things that l don’t actually need right now because I might need them one day in the future. And it’s true that I have actually (once or twice) used those things.

But it’s not like I can’t throw things away. Really. You know, I just want to make sure that there’s nothing earth-shatteringly important in that February edition of The New York Times sitting on the floor in my office. And, you know, if I do see something interesting in there that I need plan hope to read, I’ll just clip it and put it in a box/folder/stack/pile. Obviously, I can’t throw that away.

Okay, so I hoard just a little bit, but I’ve lately been reevaluating my relationship with “stuff.” It just gets in the way and weighs down my mind a bit. In particular, I’m finding it harder to figure out what I want to do because of a glut of choices.

I’m trying to be more of a “Just In Time” kinda guy for what I bring in. “Do I need that information/book/whatever now? No? Then let’s just wait.”

Now, I just have to get rid of the stuff that I’ve got. I’m making progress on this front. I had a “Come to Jesus” moment earlier today, when I decided it was best to just throw stuff out if I ever want to get through the big tub of stuff that I pulled out of the closet.

I’ll update you when I’m farther along.

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2 Responses to Hoarding

  1. Scully says:

    This is curious to me. Lately a guilty pleasure of mine has been watching episodes of hoarders online simply out of amazement! Nothing like an episode of hoarders to make you clean your house. Now I’m not saying your one of THOSE kind of hoarders, I just find the timing of this post curious. Also, because I am the complete opposite. I throw SO much stuff out.
    as long as you aren’t barricading yourself in your house and finding dead cats under piles of garbage I think it’s juuust fine. (is it obvious how much of it I’ve watched?)

  2. Auntly H says:

    Me too!! Only I’m not so actively purging. Will keep checking in for inspiration….

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