Tuesday, September 22, 2009

      ( 10:58 PM ) teahouse
Stop..In the Name of Love

I'm addicted to this new show on the A&E channel - Hoarders.

I can't stop watching it. And the reason is not because I like watching other people's misery - but because, well..I am kind of a packrat myself.

I'm not as bad as people who hoard animals or the Collyer brothers, but watching this show has been a wakeup call.

It's a slippery slope from "I am kind of a packrat" to "The condition of my house is so horrifying, I'm now being humiliated on national tv."

My problem is that I'm so unorganized, I lose things and then buy new ones.

So I have to stay ever-vigilant!

Last night the Husband and I went through my piles of crap and unloaded a lot of stuff out of our apartment. It made us both feel better.

Here are some of the things we found and got rid of:

1. 6 half-full bottles of insect repellent (consolidated into 2)

2. 28 books (boxed up and donated to charity)

3. 77 cds (boxed up to be sold to a used cd outlet)

4. 16 bottles of sunscreen (half thrown out as expired, the other half consolidated into 6 bottles)

5. 11 rolls of dental floss (6 put into the bathroom cabinet, 5 to be taken to work and left in my desk, to encourage me to floss regularly)

6. 19 pairs of old socks (finally thrown away)

7. 13 nail files (all but 2 thrown out, as old and gnarly and worn down)

8. 39 ball point pens (all given to a friend who's an elementary school teacher and desperately needs supplies)

9. 22 tubes of lipstick (which I kept, since they were my favorite Chanel brand that was discontinued last year and I MUST have them)

10. 8 hair scrunchies circa 1988 (7 donated to charity, 1 thrown away as having bubble gum stuck in it)

And finally....

11. 9 bottles of lotion (1 discarded as expired and strange-smelling, 7 stored in the hall closet for later use, and the remaining 1 used to give the Husband a foot rub to thank him for going through my crap)

I feel much better now!



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