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I hurt myself Friday evening! Using bad body mechanics to pull a 65-75# flower pot to a shady spot! My back "gave out". I tried to "walk it off" & continued watering the containers. I was in so much pain & unable to stand up straight that I told my mom to go to the basement and shut off the water! She offered to drive me to the ER but I didn't want her to have to hang around for hours or come back hours later to get me. Got a pain shot and injection of muscle relaxer.

Makes me realize even more how much I need to get this decluttering done. Very scary to be so unsteady & unable to get around easily! I'm feeling better tonight. Have been doing short strolls all day & finally drove out to WalMart so I could push the cart up & down the aisles. I know I'll be sore for a few days. Luckily I have hoarded a supply of pain pills & muscle relaxer to help me through this.

Just one more reason the piles of stuff have to go!

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The best cure for stressing is to count your blessings...and a long walk won't hurt either!

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Which is more challenging? - managing your health/weight? - or managing your hoarding? This was a question that Lynn posted a few years back.

For me, it is managing the hoarding. I'm sure it has to do with emotional health so maybe it is a toss up. I just know that the uneasy feelings I've had in the last few weeks watching all the junk come out of the place next door and go right straight to the dumpster has started me thinking seriously about how to get rid of a lot of my stuff. And maybe right straight to the dumpster is the honest answer for some of it. Recycling and saving it for rummage sales and thrift store runs seems to take up time and space I am no longer willing to waste. Does that make sense to anyone else?

The best cure for stressing is to count your blessings...and a long walk won't hurt either!

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This is a good thread and time to move it back up to the top and see if we get any other comments!

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What would I do if there were a fire and everything in my home was destroyed?

Probably go through the following feelings: disbelief - shock - mournful - angry - relief - overwhelmed - confused - fearful - vulnerable - insecure - open to learning - wanting to start anew - hopeful I can put to use what I am learning in therapy - curious to see if I can follow through - and reconnect to my life and my family and fies... and growing faith

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Sounds like a workable plan! PS I love your sense of humor!

Today I start on mine. We'll see how I do.
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My plan to deal with the hoarding:
1-Take a photo on one area out of the traffic flow and not a table top as I know from past clean-ups that these areas are a mess again in a day or two. They are transitional and drop-off or pile-up areas. That will be later.
So I will start with a corner of the room. Not easy as that is where we pile the boxes and bags up to the sky.
I will choose a corner, not much used cupboard or drawer, etc. and concentrate on that one area only. I will take a photo Every Hour to track my progress. When I am satisfied with how it looks, I will take a final photo, print it out and tape it to the area with warnings not to dump anything on or in front of it. I need police tape to rope it off!

I have a problem discarding items I haven't used in over a year. They are not used because I don't have empty space to utilize them. That includes exercise equipment and art/craft/sewing supplies. So I will put them in a box labeled with the date and give myself a deadline to use it or lose it. These will be stacked in date order so I know what is coming up first and will get busy cleaning the area needed so I can try to use the items and see if I still even have an interest. If not, out they go.
The date will probably be a year. Yup, sounds too long, but I can't see getting through all the rooms, basement and attic in time otherwise. Plus I will be adding items to the boxes as I clean and find "like" items. We also will be gone traveling (in neat escapism bliss) for many months this winter. So it will be Summer cleaning and then Spring cleaning.

I usually get worn out just keeping up with the mail, filing, daily chores and Spark computer time. I never seem to get around to the piles. Maybe I should add a workout category for them? It is constant lifting, bending, walking and sweating!


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You are very smart, Suzie! What is your plan to deal with the hoarding?

I came to a similar conclusion - managing hoarding is part of my health - physical and emotional

My plan:
Acknowledge and then walk past my anxiety and fears and start, a little every day (including weekends - yuch), to let go of my stuff
Exceptions: It is currently useful, necessary for record purposes (health records, donations to charities, and tax records/receipts) or loved/cherished.
Pay attention to the excuse - I might be need/able to use this sometime. Not used in the last year? Bye!!!

Finally - I need to follow through and be consistent. Time to go back to using Sparkpeople.com to keep track of my accomplishments.

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That is a hard question.
To manage my health I would like space to exercise but the hoarding leaves trails, not large areas of free space.
To manage my health I want my life to be less stressful and full of anxiety. The hoarding creates stress and anxiety.

OK, maybe this isn't that hard to answer. From my two sentences it looks like the hoarding has taken over my quest for a healthy life. The hoarding is the challenge to overcome and the health will follow naturally.


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Which is more challenging? Managing your health? Or managing your hoarding? Why?

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I forgot to say art supplies to schools is a great idea. Thanks.

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I forgot to say art supplies to schools is a great idea. Thanks.

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oooh, good idea.

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Lynn, see if your nearest elementary school can take them!!! Schools have no money for art supplies anymore.

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LOL yeah, I'm a hobby collector. guilty.

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That's a good idea, Kitty, to pick one 'collection' of things like denim for undone projects. It makes me think...

I have a ton of watercolor paints I bought when I was going through my watercolor phase. I have a dear friend of Geri's who wants to get back to watercoloring. Some will go to her, but I have so much that will just scratch the surface. I don't want them to go to waste. I am sure others could make good use of them. I'll have to look into that.
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Hi Everyone,
Good for you Kitty, I want to do the same with some of my things. Holidays are stresfull.
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Last week I was stress eating because of worry about getting the mess cleaned out of the LR and the DR/Kitchen area before thanksgiving. I gained back all the weight I lost last week before last. now starting over.

First job, get rid of the hoard of denim garments I've been hoarding (for crafting that isn't happening so far.) I'll miss that idea. I really wanted to do it but I've had this stuff for over ten years so I better face the fact that it isn't likely to happen.

I have a junk jeans skirt that's nearly finished, I'll keep enough to finish that, and repair hubby's jeans when they get damaged. that's enough.

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While I haven't replaced the items that are gone, I have bought more completely different items to hoard. But since joining this team I've tried very hard not to buy just for the sake of buying to help give me a lift.

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I hope I would be wiser, but I don't know.

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I started to answer and got that panicky feeling, so will just say, I would not handle my things being gone either way.

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When I asked the question I didn't want to share my answer until most of you had answered - afraid to influence you, I guess.

Initially I would be in shock. I'd be speechless. If I found my house empty...I would panic. Part of it is what happened to my stuff which helps me hold on to memories. And the stuff that brings a smile to my face. And the practical stuff - bed, computer, table and chair, fridge, stove.

Then there are my three chihuahua's, wanted by Geri, yet adopted me. I miss my cat, Splotch, who brightens heaven as she meets each person with her special meow. Ah times past.

Back to the possible present.

So here I would be with this empty house. I would feel at a loss. Unprotected. The Empress with all her clothes on (or so her tailors told her).

On a 1 to 10 scale, my anxiety level would be a 20 - for a while. Then what?

Would I go on a buying binge? Feel relief? Cry?Disappear into depression? Numb out?

Have I learned enough not to start with hoarding???

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Hi Everyone.
In answer to the question I would feel a sting but probibly relieved. I hope they would clean it too.
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I've lost things do to being robbed, also to a helpful family. It took awhile to get over the robbery & while I missed the things, I never replaced them so they must not have met much to me, other they were my things. Now the helpful family did throw away things I still miss but I can't replace unless I would get very lucky & find them in places where they sell used or old items. I don't visit these places often. Also I lived very simply for about 1 yr because all my things were in storage & I felt relief because I did not have worry about them or take care of them. At the same time it was a hastle when I needed something like a tax return.
I would like a simpler life & am trying to get it. My newly cleared areas are sparsely furnished with little or no knic knacs sittly around. Carol

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LOL Snorkel. If your fairy godmother needs to sort and organize just as you would I guess you'd better get busy girl. LOL

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I'm not sure if I answered this question the last time it was brought up. This happened to me a couple weeks ago on a smaller scale. DH cleaned up the livingroom and the diningroom table while I was in Death Valley in anticipation of my friend coming home with me. I was glad he did it, and he didn't throw any of my "stuff" out (that I can tell so far), but put a lot of stuff in small boxes for me to sort later. This week, over a week later, I have started to be a bit alarmed by his cleaning/organizing job because I needed to find something. I knew what stack it had been in before he cleaned but not what box he had put it in. So, I started sorting through some stuff last night. (He was in the bedroom lying down when I started.) While I was going through the second small box, he came in the room and I mentioned what I was looking for. He explained which stacks ended up in which boxes and that the stacks were intact but in reverse order, which meant that what I was looking for was in the box I was going through (the second box) at the bottom of the box. It was a bit annoying that I had to go through all that stuff to find what I wanted, but I managed it.

Now, I think if I came home to find all my stuff gone and my house cleaned, I would react with relief at first, as well as shock at how clean the house looked. When I had trouble finding things, I would start getting annoyed, and if I found certain things were gone, I would definitely get mad.

Also, I'm pretty sure I would have trouble maintaining the clean. I already have new stacks forming in the exact places that DH cleared up while I was gone! D'oh!

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I'm with Kitty - there was a rash of daytime burglaries in my neighborhood recently, and it caused me quite a bit of stress, increasing to near panic as I came home from work.

The idea of a TV crew clearing out my home on tape sounds like a Halloween horror story!

Now, a fairy Godmother waving a magic wand and sorting the "tossers" from the "keepers" and storing the keepers just as I would, is my fantasy!

That is the image I am using for motivation to keep after it. emoticon

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no, you don't really want someone going through your stuff or breaking into your house, but what a relief if someone would do a "clean house" on you and gently force you to say no I don't really need that as much as I need breathing room.

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I've often thought how wonderful it would be to have someone come in and clear it all out...and organize everything that was left. But then I start second guessing that I'd NEED the things that were gone...that I'd had no control of them going away.

I wonder if I'd really even miss them in reality!

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I recently had a dream like that.After being upset, I would forgive the robber and trust in God.

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My initial reaction is "relieved", but I came home once and found that I'd been robbed and that was devastating both physically and emotionally. It also only further encouraged my clutter/hoarding actions.

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If you came home to find all your stuff gone and your house cleaned, how would you react?

Once you got over your initial reaction, then what?

Change yourself. You are in control.

Happiness is when what you think, say, and do are in harmony.

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