Monday, January 10, 2011


Normally I don't think twice about making resolutions in January. I never seem to follow through and it just makes me feel guilty in the end. But this year may be the exception. You see I've picked up a guilty pleasure that sometimes makes me skin many of you have watched A&E's Hoarders?

This is a picture of a hoarded house and I can hardly believe that people live like this and worse. For instance, this evening episode will feature a man whose home is infested with literally hundreds of rats, that he believes are his pets! Ewww!! Or there was last weeks episode where the cleaning crew discovered a "bathroom" that the owners had started using once their plumbing was covered in stuff. It amounted to plastic bags and a closet, I'll let your imagination figure out the rest...double ewww!
You may be wondering what all of this has to do with me and my resolution. Let me be the first to say that I'm not a hoarder by any stretch (although I must admit that watching this show makes me question some of my tendency's to keep scraps of paper and material for crafting purposes!), but we all have room for improvement right. My home is full of toys that aren't being played with, clothes that haven't been worn in years, and a cupboard that is full of unused appliances. So this year I begin to de-clutter.
In years past I used moves as an excuse to de-clutter. If it hadn't been used in a year, and wasn't sentimental or seasonal, it was gone. That's the beauty of apartment dwelling I suppose. But now that we've started to establish a permanent home, I'm hoping that I can apply the same philosophy every year. Wish me luck as I begin my anti hoard!


Gail said...

Animal hoarding is pretty good too Annie. I think it's on animal planet.

Marianne said...

Hey! That's one of my goals too! My problem is that I have three grown daughters and I still have all of their stuff! Sarah's because she couldn't haul it all to Canada, so it's OK...18 more months. Brittany's because she still lives here, that's understandable. Diana's because they lived in a teeny tiny apartment and didn't have room to turn around in their own kitchen, let alone store anything from childhood. Since then they have moved to a nice two bedroom condo with a garage so I am thinking..."Why do I still have all of this stuff?" You get busy, and I'll get busy and we'll fill each other in on any progress, OK?

Oh and the show "Hoarders" makes me literally nauseous! I am aazed that you are able to watch it!

Zackira's said...

I have a love hate relationship with that show. I love that it may just help people such as my dad(I gave him season 1 for Christmas.) I hate that when Zack watches it he gets angry and wants to throw everyhting away!

Jenny said...

Oh I love Hoarders!! It's what I watch while I'm feeling unmotivated, and it really makes me get up and clean. My mom has been doing this de-cluttering thing that I am also trying to work on, and so far so good! Our house is definitely staying cleaner and I don't feel overwhelmed as often. is the website