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Day Off Means Unpacking

Our (my mother and I) days are usually really busy doing errands, taking care of my grandparents, and taking care of the dogs.  We used to sew clothes all day and at night I would handle what ever business of the month I was doing, lately its been LimeLight by Alcone, which I adore. However, ever since we found out I was pregnant, I dropped everything. I had no interest to do anything extra because I was so sick and tired. Now in my second trimester, I’m coming out of the fog and ready to get back in the swing of things.

Thursdays are my day off because mom works at the Temple.  When I had my car, I’d go care for my grandparents and let my parents dogs out.  Now that my car isn’t drive-able at the moment, I am dependent on mom and my husband to drive me around.  So today I have nothing to do but unpack and since I have a little bit of energy, I thought I’d tackle the office boxes. Yes I have more than one box of office crap and only one desk.  I have this old antique roll top desk that my dear sweet husband thought it would be nice to replace the drawer glides, to make them open smoothly.  Well sometimes old desks can’t be modernized with new glides.  We have had the hardest time finding some that would fit and now I have 3 working drawers with handles, 2 working drawers with no handles, and 2 non working drawers. The two drawers that don’t have handles on them, I have to open them with a screw. Before the desk was in the basement so it really didn’t matter how messy it was since no one saw it.  We decided to keep it upstairs in the dining room and replace the industrial spindle I was using for a dining room table, even though we never used it.  I never got around to refinishing the wood on it so it did give splinters.  Its now outside.  I love this desk being in the dining room! It looks like it should have always been there, but now that means its has to stay neat.   Which means my loving husband now has to fix the drawers.  Not sure how he will do it but it must be done.

Anyways, I got the two boxes unpacked and now have a bin that goes to my moms full of shipping supplies. This is probably the 3rd box to go to her house, which I am sure my dad is thrilled with.

We have about 4-5 boxes that need to go to Goodwill and I am so proud of myself for having that many. I have a slight hoarder complex, but after becoming pregnant and moving into an upgraded unit, I have wanted to clean house and purge crap I am not using. I am sure there is still a bunch I could get rid of. Our kitchen is a little smaller than our last place and we have a crazy amount of kitchen gear.  I’m not willing to clutter up my counters so I’m not sure where we will put this other stuff that hasn’t been unpacked.  We have a dehydrator, which the hubs really wants to use and so do I but it takes so long.  Then there is our popcorn maker which only my husband uses.

I have two bathroom boxes that I for some reason am having a hard time unpacking.  One of them is small and the other is an extra large box that does have other items in it, but I look at them (the boxes) and just don’t want to open them.  Is that strange? I have one big bin that needs to be unloaded and I am not sure what’s all in it  I know there are some clothes in it, so those I can put up, but we already have so much unpacked and not much room to put more.  The only room that is actually unpacked and sort of ready for more is the baby room.  That was a priority for me.

Whats left is two clothing boxes full of leggings and undershirts and 4 unknown misc. boxes that I am “afraid” to open.  Hubby has been working on the basement, which is now his man cave. That was his priority.  Hahahaha.  He did help me with the baby room.

We are getting close to being done and I’d expect to be done by this weekend and then I can dust and clean the floors.  Looking forward to not walking around a maze of boxes.

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It’s Been Too Long!

I can’t believe how fast time has flown by!  All of April flew by and I wasn’t able to post because I didn’t have my computer with me.

I went up to Kansas for all of April and a good part of May.  My poor husband had to stay in Texas and do most of the packing, since I didn’t get much done.  Every night I would call him to get the daily scoop and say goodnight. It was pretty hard to stay away for so long.  Every week I got “homesick” for him at least once and then I would think, not much longer, I can do this.

We (my mom and I) were supposed to head back to Texas at the end of April, but there were other things that came up so we postponed the trip for the next week, which meant we had to cancel the going away party.  The next week was supposed to be our huge garage sale, but again we postponed for another week (this time due to weather), so we had to cancel that.  Poor hubs still having to do things on his own while we decide to stay here even longer.  The 3rd weekend was moving weekend so we really couldn’t postpone that trip.  So we decided to come as late as possible, really not wanting to stay in Texas any longer than we had to.

We drive there Tuesday night, finished packing on Wednesday, picked up my dad from the airport on Thursday and packed the truck that day, drove back to Kansas on Friday, and unpacked the truck/signed the lease on Saturday.  It was the longest 5 days!

We thought a 17 ft truck would fit all of our junk and boy were we wrong! Granted we planned a huge garage sale that didn’t happen, so we had a lot of extra stuff to take with us.  We didn’t have enough room in the truck so we ended up having to leave a lot behind.  Our landlord is pretty cool cause when I let them know, they said to just put it all in the garage and they would trash it all for us.  So thankful for them!

It has been a very busy time and it’s still a very busy time…

Here it has been a week and a half and the hubs has started work and mom and I’s business has started, but we are not yet fully unpacked.  It’s really my fault.  I am procrastinating just as much now as I was when it was time to pack.  Next time I will pay someone to pack, move, and unpack for me.  It would get done a heck of whole lot faster.  Not sure what my hesitation to unpacking is.

Happy to be here though! Here is to finishing the unpacking by the end of this month!

Packing Blows!!!!

Here I am 2 weeks away from leaving and we have packed 6 boxed and it doesn’t even look like we have touched anything!  How did I collect so much crap?!!  This is crazy!  My last blog was about how much I like to decorate and 3 of those 6 boxed are just decor!  Worst part is I have a ton more!

I initially wanted to pack what we were moving and then price and pack garage sale stuff and now I’m thinking, screw that I’m just packing what I want to take.  Hahaha.  I might even start a new trend of a house sell.  I’m thinking, instead of dragging it all outside, just leave it inside and let people come in an pick what they want.

I probably wont do that, but it sounds a heck of a whole lot easier.

I don’t know how I am going to do this…. truly.  This is such a down moment in this process.  It’s overwhelming and dirty and I feel like even cutting way down on our junk that I’m still going to be cluttering up our new place.  There isn’t a lot of storage in the new place.  Really there is only 2 closets in the whole townhouse and then some storage space in the basement.  We will probably need to buy some shelving, but I just don’t see where we are going to put everything.

We might have to have another garage sale after we move, with everything we can’t fit.

I need to pray about this tonight and hope we can get most everything packed.  Here is to hoping I can get a lot of this done before time runs out…..

Sunday, March 8th, 2015

So if you read my Back History, you would have seen where I fell down the stairs in college.  This did a lot of damage to my lower back that I am still dealing with (9 years later). So when ever the weather changes or there is a front coming through, I can feel it several days prior and it really causes a lot of pain and discomfort.

Well, because of all the cold fronts that have come through this year, it has been hard for my back and body to recover and so most days I don’t do much; I don’t want to mess it up and have to do tons of physical therapy again.

This causes issues when trying to pack.  In the past, every time we have moved, my husband had to do most of the packing and moving because of my back being out.  This time, since we are moving where I want to go, I didn’t think it was fair for him to have to do all the work solo again.

My goal was to pack most of our stuff this month, since I won’t be here next month, but tonight when I had planned to pack some boxes, my back started hurting and I gave in to defeat.

I try not to complain a lot about my back, but it is definitely becoming a challenge when I am trying to pack.

Aside from my back issues, I am also fighting hoarder issues.  I love my stuff and I am the type of person that has a hard time throwing something away that I may be able to use later.  Except I have stuff that I have not touched for several years and doubt I will touch it anytime soon.  So it would make sense to clean house.  Also, after seeing our new place and how they decorated it has made me want to de-clutter and live a more minimalist life.

Yesterday, I was packing a couple of boxes and taking decorations off the wall and all of a sudden I got very overwhelmed.  I had boxes everywhere and stuff everywhere and felt like the walls were closing in.  So much stuff. I want to be as organized as possible with what I am putting into boxes.  I don’t want to put decor with games, I want to do a box for games and boxes for decor.  A little OCD with that.

I stood there spinning in place, thinking oh my, how am I going to be able to do all this by myself.  Just then, my husband came home and saved me from packing.  Hahahaha.  I gave up for the day and got 1 box of games packed. Not too far.  All together I have packed 1 box of garage sale dishes and the box of games.  I don’t feel like I will meet this goal.

This brought something up that I think is funny/weird…. I am somewhat of a germaphobe, but in a really weird way.  I can’t do bodily fluids very well, I don’t like doing dishes because touching “dirty” food grosses me out (plus I have a hard time handling hot water), I don’t like cleaning because dust stirs up and gets my allergies going, and I don’t like dusting, because of what dust is made of.  I would rather see a mess and ignore it than clean it up.  Not because of laziness, but because it’s dirty and it grosses me out to touch it.  The feeling of dirt/dust on my hands makes me want to gag, but thats another issue (textilephobia).

This is going to be a process for sure and I hope I can get through it without my husband having to do all the work.  He works hard to provide for us and to make me happy, if I can do this one thing for him, I know it will make a big difference for him in making this transition easier.