Confessions of a Hoarder

hoarder-boxesAre you a Hoarder?

I just found out that I am!

We have lived in our house for 20 years and are about to re-finish our un-finished basement. That means there is a lot of STUFF that
has to go.

 

For years I complained that my husband is a pack-rat. But now that I have been looking in cupboards and on shelves, it is with great embarrassment that I admit … it’s ME!

 

And, it’s all about Boxes.

BOXES.

And more boxes!

Actually, packaging of any sort. If I bought a pair of shoes (and let’s just say-ahem-I have a few…) I have not only the box that they came in – but also the bag that I used to carry them home in.

 

If I was given a gift of fashion jewelry and it came in a box. I have that box too.

A prettily wrapped present? Yep. I kept the wrap.

 

Thankfully I think I shed some extra pounds carrying things back and forth from the basement to the recycle bin.

 

I shook my head often and asked myself WHY? Why would I keep all these things just to let them collect dust on a shelf and never to be used?

 

I really don’t know, but I do think it has something to do with a very busy lifestyle which is 70% work and 30% everything else.

 

When you have an unfinished basement, it becomes a dumping ground for everything that you either don’t know what to do with, or just simply don’t have time for.

 

Now that I’m on this huge and cathartic cleanse, I’ve started looking at the office.

Seems that I am hoarding there too … in the name of ‘lists’.

 

LISTS!

Lists that are old.

Lists that do not have proper contact names and titles.

Lists that are just gathering dust in our databases and serving no intended purpose.

 

It’s time to recycle those too! The good thing is that they can be put to good use by simply making a few phone calls to update addresses and source for the Key Decision Makers names.

Suddenly those old lists have terrific VALUE.

 

Kind of fun for me to bring my new-found skills of letting go of OLD and bringing in the NEW into the workplace.

I hope this will inspire you to do the same.

 

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