About Me

I remember it was about 5th grade when I noticed that my house was different than my friends’ houses.  Things were starting to pile up more and more.  I always relate the start of my parents hoarding to 5th grade because we got a kitten that year and one of the first pictures I can remember of him shows bags of newspapers piled in the background.  It definitely started sooner than this, but that picture always stands out in my mind.

So why start a blog you ask?  This is my little bit of therapy while I try to deal with helping my parents with their problem.  Even though they don’t want the help!  You see, it has been a very difficult process dealing with my parents and their hoarding problems over the years.  Oh yes, did I mention that both of my parents are hoarders?  My dad is more of a collector.  He started with shells and coins and grew into collecting model cars and hot wheels.  Unfortunately, he doesn’t understand the word “moderation”.  My mother is more of a junk hoarder.  She saves newspapers and sorts through garbage for recycling.  Normally it doesn’t get to recycling and sits around the house.  This is where I come in.

For most of my life I have felt trapped in between my parents and their hoarding problems.  I had to finally move out because I was physically depressed from living in a constant battle with them and the clutter.  I have gone to and attempted to bring my mother to therapy.  Unfortunately, it didn’t go well at all.  Since then, I let go for a few years so I could focus on myself, go to therapy, and get the anger out of my system.  Now I am back at it again, but trying to face the situation with a new outlook.  I know my parents can’t be cured, but the way they are living now is difficult to accept.  I am hoping to help them achieve a safe and healthy living environment.

The beginning of this journey will start with attempting to get a few bags of newspapers out of my parents’ house each week.  There are also many items from my great aunt and grandmothers houses that my mother has taken in over the past few years.  I plan to remove these items, sort through them and decide what gets thrown away, recycled, donated, sold, or kept.  I’m hoping to also help other people who have been or are in similar situations.  Unfortunately, not many people understand the toll that hoarding can take on children.  I used to be so embarrassed to talk about it, but to my surprise, many people are in the same situation as I am.  In the end, I hope to educate, entertain, and enlighten!

5 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Thank you for writing your blog. In my family I have 2 siblings who are hoarders. Until a few years ago I had never heard the term “hoarder” but now it seems to be commonly known and understood. I think there are many more hoarders than any of us non-hoarders could ever conceive of!

    • This is so true! They definitely come in varying degrees as well. When I was about 10, I actually got into a fight with my paternal grandmother because she made a comment that my mother had a mental problem. I was so upset at her and stood up for my mother to the end. My grandmother passed away well over 15 years ago, but I will never forget that conversation. I think pack rat was the term before hoarder ever became popular, but it’s amazing how the problem has become so much more publicized in the past few years.

      • Yes, and I think it is a good thing to know it is a psychological problem and they need help to overcome it. We may not always succeed but we know we are not alone!

  2. Oh my goodness how did you find my blog?? I ask as in a stroke of sheer coincidence, I had been confessing my own mess and clutter to my friends only 2 days ago and yesterday spent several hours attacking it. And then you popped up on my blog! I thought it must have been one of my friends having a joke at first! I can identify with being depressed at having to live in such a state, even if mine is of my own making and nowhere near the level of your parents. I have to thank you for turning up on my radar with your inspirational story at seemingly the perfect time for me.

    • Aww, thanks!! I’m actually really into travel and so I was following one blog after another through links on various blogs and came upon yours. I haven’t had the time to dig too deep into your posts yet, but I loved it! I thought about waiting to follow it until I start up my own personal blog, but I didn’t want to be disappointed if I couldn’t find it again. I promise that I have no clue who you are, but I’m happy that I’ve been an inspiration!

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