Am I a Closet Hoarder?

Back in December I had an ‘inside yard sale’ to get rid of most of my Pampered Chef items. I used to be a consultant so I had a ton of things that were large and never used. I shocked myself with just how much stuff I had and wondered how in the world I’d stored it all in my two bedroom apartment. (Huge thanks again to everyone who bought stuff and contributed to my PC Fund!).

I had started purging things in July when I applied for the Peace Corps – slowly going through drawers and cabinets. From July to December I took a couple of car loads of stuff to Goodwill.

In mid-January I decided to move out of my apartment (that I’d lived in for 18 years!) and move in with a friend who had space for me and my ‘stuff’. In a two-week time frame I packed everything I owned, took more stuff to Goodwill and threw out 30 bags of garbage. The packing process included piles (or areas really) of what I needed currently; what was going with me to Morocco; personal keepsakes to store at my moms; household items and keepsakes for my son; and yard sale stuff – which was basically everything that didn’t fit in one of the other categories.

On moving day my dad said ‘I’m glad we didn’t get a smaller truck’ to which I replied ‘I should have taken more to Goodwill’.

I have 4 large tubs of clothes and 2 of shoes I haven’t come to terms with parting with yet. This doesn’t include what’s hanging/sitting in my closet/ drawers right now. And don’t ask me about my scarves and jewelry. Oh vey!

I’m slowly going through photos and organizing them. I’ve managed to reduce my personal/important/legal papers to one small file box. I still have all of my son’s school papers/drawings to organize.

While the purging process is good for my soul and helps me question what’s truly important in life, it’s also made me wonder if I’m a closet hoarder?

About alicrain

Wanderlust. Adventurer. Mom. Mentor. Change Agent. Crazy. Servant Leader. Citizen of the World These are all words that describe me - or have been used to describe me. There are many more but we won't get in to those. What is important to know is that at the age of 45, after having a successful career and raising a son, I decided I needed a new challenge and adventure in my life. So I joined the Peace Corps. Portions of this blog were written before this time and chronicle my life during graduate school (again, something I did in my 40s). During my service in Morocco (September 2016 - December 2018) I chronicled my daily life and all it entailed to live as an American female in another country. this is a place for me to capture random thoughts and share my life's journey
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4 Responses to Am I a Closet Hoarder?

  1. lyndamae says:

    Purge as much as you can before you go because it’s real hard if you don’t….


  2. zeroofourtime says:

    If you were a hoarder, you’re certainly not now!


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