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Friday, July 1, 2011

Yikes! I Just Watched Hoarders! (Part 2)

So, I think I struck a nerve.  I am not the only homeschool mom out there with hoarder tendencies.  As a matter of fact, if you read the comments from my last post, you'll see that I have come up with a new idea for a reality show called Homeschool Hoarders.  LOL  It does seem that we homeschoolers have a little more hoarder in us than the average mom.  Not all of us, of course, but how many homeschoolers do you know that don't seem to more books then they have space for?  Seems to be a pretty common problem.  Homeschooling means you not only have a home in your house, but a school too.  Then consider that there are many homeschool families out there that have bigger than average families, and, well, you have the makings of a perfect storm.

So, after thinking about I have added a few more reasons why I have to fight against hoarding.  Here is my now updated list.

  • I'm frugal.
  • I'm sentimental.
  • I procrastinate.
  • I'm disorganized.
  • I'm a people pleaser and just WAY too nice.  (Here the kids snickering?)
  •  I homeschool.
  • I have ten people living in a small house.
  • My house is dysfunctional.  (I mean the actual house.  LOL)
You'll notice, I added that my house is dysfunctional.  I have an old house that doesn't really have much closet or storage space.  The only closet on the main floor is one small closet in my room.  This means no coat closet and no linen closet.  The bathroom is tiny and consists of a tub, sink, and toilet.  There is no vanity.  There are no cabinets.  In other words, there is very little space to organize stuff.  It's Hoarders waiting to happen. 

I do do some things right.  Some things are done every day.  For example, in the kitchen, the dishwasher is loaded and unloaded twice (at least) everyday.  The counters are wiped down, the sink in cleaned out, the floor is swept, and the trash is taken out.  Two loads of laundry are done, that is washed, not necessarily folded and put away.  :)  In the bathroom the sink is wiped out, the faucets are shined, the floor is cleaned and swept, and the trash is emptied.  The couches and chair are cleared in the living room,  the hearth straightened up, the table cleared, and the floor swept/vacuumed.  The dining room floor is swept and the dining room table cleared (usually, unless there is laundry on it, which has been the case lately.)  My bed is made and the floor is cleared and swept on Sane Man's side per his request.  (He doesn't like to get crunchies on his feet after taking a shower, go figure.)  But all this seems to be undone as fast as it's done.  Actually, about ten times faster.  It also seems to consume a considerable amount of time every day.  This means the other areas of the house become neglected.  This is where the little "hoarder pockets" start to grow.

So the plan is this.  I will take each of the items on my list and blog about how I am conquering in this area.  I will also be looking for input as to how to do better in that area.  I want to hear your ideas.  Let's do this together!!! 

The next post will be about how being frugal, while a great thing, can lead to hoarding.  I hope to post it at the beginning of next week.  So, please think about this and come back so that you can comment with your ideas.  Also, if you happened to post about it on your own blog, leave the link and we'll all learn from each other! 

Well, I suppose I'd better get back to my little hoarder pockets now.  Maybe I'll even take some pics!  Ewwww......    :)

4 comments:

  1. Sounds great! I confess to being frugal, and that sometimes leading to some clutter around here. However, since being thrifty is one of the 12 points of the Scout Law, I'm not sure I can completely do away with thrift. There's got to be a balance in there, right? :)

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  2. Alright Crazy Mom! You're an inspiration! I'll join ya!! I got loads to go through too~hugs!!

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  3. Okay, so maybe this should be a blog roll or something! There are certainly "hoarder pockets" in this household that need taking care of!

    For example...just went thrift store shopping today! Yes, found and purchased more books...but they are GREAT ones!! And at 10 cents a book...come on!!!

    Anyway, love your posts!! Fun to read, fun to laugh at and relieving to relate to!!!

    Keep 'em coming!

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  4. Love it! I hear you on how quickly all the work can be undone. But, I know that NOT doing it would lead to disaster.

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