Attitude of Gratitude {series} Day 7

Anyone else’s to-do list seem to be growing exponentially by the minute? Yeah, mine too. I have a confession to make. I am a hoarder. Not like those people on the TLC show, but I am a hoarder. I still have plastic totes full of stuff from middle school that I can’t bring myself to even go through, let alone get rid of. When we moved into our new house last year, I thought I would be ok with just chucking everything and starting fresh. Well that DID NOT HAPPEN. I am feeling cluttered and my poor husband who is so gracious; I can only assume he is (slightly) annoyed by my stuff. I mean if I am getting annoyed with it and it is my stuff, I think it is safe to say he is too.

So how does one become a recovering hoarder? Well, yesterday was garbage day and next Tuesday is recycling day, so I have an entire week to get some stuff hauled out. I have a lot of stuff. Maybe I will just close my eyes and throw it out. If I don’t even know what is in the box, how can I possibly still need it right?

The problem is that the weirdest things hold sentimental value to me. A piece of my old favorite shirt, a teddy bear, a shoe box ( strange right); these things are not just what they appear to be. They each have their own story to tell and I don’t know why, but it is almost like if I get rid of that thing, the story dies.

I do have a lot of nice things that I just don’t need anymore. So I am going to start a few donation piles because I would feel awful throwing things out just because I need to get rid of them instead of giving them to someone who I know can use them.

Besides, Operation turn our House into our Home will not work, if it is full of (for lack of a better word) junk.

Am I alone in this? Anyone else struggle with clutter? How come I can be so anal-retentive about some things and not about this?

I would love for you to weigh in on this subject in the comments below!

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