Thursday, September 8, 2011

If I Were a Hoarder

OK, so, in my head, the title goes just like "If I Were a Rich Man" from "Fiddler on the Roof", so I have to get it out of my system.

There, now I feel better, and a little Russian.

I needed that, because the subject of hoarding hits just a bit too close to home with me.  My Mimi is a hoarder.  She can barely move around in her house, despite living by herself in a three bedroom home.  The Momma Bear is quickly following in her shoes.  It wasn't that way when I was a child, but recently, it's getting bad.  The boys coming back to live with them was one factor, now the detritus of two little guys is everywhere, their backbacks and laundry stacked in various places.  But after Grammy died, it got worse.  They brought back boxes and boxes and furniture that they have no room for.  So, I worry that one day, my home will be too cluttered for the people who live there too.

Currently, the clutter isn't winning any battles.  Things are mostly put away and I have a place for most things.  I've even cleaned out the kitchen cabinets and the hall closet since the kids went back to school, and my trunk is full of things to donate.  But, with that said, there are a number of large totes in the hall closet, filled with craft supplies and unfinished projects.  There is one whole corner of my bedroom dedicated to "crafting" that currently looks like a crime scene.

I don't know that I really "hoard" craft things, but I sure do have a BUNCH of unfinished projects around.  I've been working on cross-stitching Christmas stockings for all of us since before Hedgehog was born (yeah, she's seven, I know) and the stitching still isn't completed on the Engineer's.  I'm YEARS behind on my scrapbooking, and the sewing projects are in a tote under the bed.  And don't even get me started on the two unfinished furniture projects in the garage.  Hmmmm.  Maybe I AM a hoarder.

Don't be surprised if I don't post for a while, I have some things to do, apparently!


  1. Beauty is in the eye of the hoarder...isn't that the quote?

    I have a couple of unfinished cross stitch items, but threw out all the rest of my attempts at domesticity a couple of years ago!

  2. I prefer to think of "hoarding" as a collection habit. So far, fortunately most of my collections can fit into one or two or a dozen shoe boxes. And okay I have a whole room devoted to crafting of years past so I feel your pain. Lisa

  3. You better not stop posting, I just discovered your blog! LOL Can I just say how much I love that you posted "If I Were A Rich Man"?!? I feel a sudden connection to you. Though, part of me hates you cuz I'm not going to have that song stuck in my head now! LOL

    As for you becoming a hoarder...if you are that worried about it, I doubt you'll let it happen. I think hoarders don't even realize they are doing it, so if you're aware of not wanting to become one, I bet you'll be just fine. :)

  4. It seems that this writing topic really hit home for you, but I found the honesty in your writing to be truly refreshing.

    Visiting from Mama Kat's—and glad I did.

  5. So, you're hoarding unfinished craft projects? That's OK. If you said you were hoarding expired food or hamsters, I'd worry. Hope you get to finish those crafts some day soon!


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