We May Be Hoarders…

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Carolyn Savage

Funny how cleaning one closet can lead to the need for a dumpster in the driveway.

It all started when Drew left.  As much as we love him, we couldn’t justify leaving his bedroom to sit unoccupied as a shrine.  Ryan couldn’t move his stuff fast enough into Drew’s ensuite.  (Did you see that?  I got that word from Love It or List It which is the only place I think the word “ensuite” is used.  Or maybe it’s a Canadian thing.  Not sure. Regardless I have a love hate relationship with that insipid show because they never redo the entire house resulting in an updated random space amidst a 1970’s inspired nightmare.  MAKES.NO.SENSE.  But I digress…)

Anyways, the great bedroom switch of 2013 required a few pieces of furniture to be stored in the basement, which required the basement to be cleaned out to make room for all the crap, which led to a reevaluation of all the crap in our basement…and in our garage…and in every other closet in our house;  which led to a realization…

We may be hoarders.

Well, not really, but I may have had some borderline hoarder tendencies during my thirties.  For instance, why do I have Halloween costumes from 2001?  They’re not even full costumes because parts have been lost over the years which renders them unwearable.  A Pikachu mask combined with a Harry Potter cloak probably isn’t going to cut it this year or any other year.  So why can’t I throw them away?

What if Isabella’s in a play some day and needs a cape/cloak like Harry Potter’s?  

What if Reagan wants that Ninja mask Ryan wore in kindergarten?  

What if MK loves Pikachu?  She’d be stoked to don a circa 1999, vintage Pikachu head for Halloween…maybe?

You see the problem.

I think  as I age I’m getting wiser.  (At least I’m hoping so.)  One of my realizations is the burden “stuff” can be in our lives.  Whether it’s emotional “stuff” like hurt feelings, bruised egos, or painful memories or it’s physical stuff like that Christmas wreath I had to have or another pair of shoes that I hardly ever wear.  When I think about painful memories or I lay eyes on a regretful purchase that serves no purpose I begin to beat myself up.  Why did “that” have to happen? Why did I think I needed that?  All of it weighs me down.

So…it’s time to purge.

I’m donating, reselling, and ebay-ing (I made that word up).  I’m also learning to stop myself when I mentally dive into water under the bridge.  All of it to lighten my load in hopes of capturing and cultivating optimism, happiness and much needed peace.

So…if you’ll excuse me.  I have a Pikachu head to deal with!

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A few glimpses into our weekend!

Pool's still open.  Loving our warm fall so far!

Pool’s still open. Loving our warm fall so far!

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Happy Monday!

9 Comments on “ We May Be Hoarders… ”

  • Jan C | September 30th, 2013 11:11 am

    Totally feel your pain!!! I have to cover my eyes every time I walk into my basement sewing room. But when I try to declutter, everything I touch has a “someday” use waiting for it. 🙁 Keep up the good work!!

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  • Carolyn Savage | September 30th, 2013 8:57 pm

    Yes…the “someday I might need this” thing is killing me.

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  • Rebecca | September 30th, 2013 11:14 am

    Carolyn,
    Right there with you. I’ve been putting off and putting of the disaster that is my house. I’ve wondered myself if I might be considered a hoarder…I don’t think so but one look into my closet and one has to wonder haha.
    Your weekend looks like it was full of fun and laughter! We are so fortunate Mother Nature is blessing us with such beautiful Fall weather. The “junk” will always be there, but family grows up very quickly…we have to enjoy them and those precious moments while we can!

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  • Carolyn Savage | September 30th, 2013 8:55 pm

    Amen on the weather. We still haven’t closed our pool. Tomorrow is October 1st. What the hey?

    And yes…they grow up too quickly. Thanks, as always, for reading!

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  • Cindy Thomson | September 30th, 2013 8:37 pm

    Ebay-ing I say it all the time. We all need your ebay name so we can buy your “STUFF” My problem is that I can not bear to give away baby things. Someone in the family may need them. This grammy and fostermom just can part with her stuff.

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  • Carolyn Savage | September 30th, 2013 8:56 pm

    I have a special box (that is really a bin) that holds a few outfits and keepsakes for the boys. But…I still have some of their outfits hanging in the nursery. I keep thinking I’ll gift them to their wife at her baby shower. Then I think she’ll think I’m nuts. I keep them anyways.

    And…God bless you for fostering.

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  • Jeannie | September 30th, 2013 10:32 pm

    Just found this blog tonight, and am relieved that we’re not the only ones going through the “de-shrining” of our college student’s bedroom! The benefits of saving children’s “treasures” is that when the late-in-life child comes along, you’re prepared! Our three year old is enjoying his siblings’ toys and books, and I’m actually getting some use out of all my preschool teaching materials and supplies that I’ve still kept…

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  • Carolyn Savage | October 1st, 2013 8:43 am

    Amen. I still use the pack-n-play I had for Drew and they love Ryan’s matchbox car collection. I am glad I didn’t completely purge everything during our eleven year break! We were nearly toy-free in 2006.

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