Conventionally unconventional... Making the transition from full-time to part-time, the only vegetarian in a meat loving family, all while trying to reduce debt, find more time for my family, become more eco-friendly and finding ways to stick it to "the man" every day! :)
Monday, November 29, 2010
Hoarding Without Substance, Part I
Ah, the elusive packrat... Not to be confused with the all-too common hoodrat!
This is a pack rat
This is a hood rat. With glitter!
The ever helpful Webster.com website defines a pack rat as "a person who collects or hoards especially unneeded items." If there was an illustration on there, it would have my face next to it! I never realized how much of a pack rat that I was, until I decided to clean up. Literally, just clean up my house. I had what the lovely Flylady calls CHAOS (Can't Have Anyone Over Syndrome) realllllly bad. It's not that my house is jacked up. I live in a pretty nice suburb, on a street with well manicured lawns. My house is an average sized colonial. From the outside looking in, you'd never guess that inside that home was a big damn mess. Yes, I said it... A big. damn. mess.
Earlier this year, in keeping with my desire to live a more simple life, I decided to get rid of what I deemed as a "little clutter." I had no idea what I was getting myself into. None. I've read so many cleaning and organizing books that I could probably write one myself. There are certain things I tend to keep neat, such as my office supplies, catering supplies and "toy party" supplies. Others, like laundry/toys/dishes/paper clutter/books and so on... are all over the house. I used to joke that I was just not all that domesticated, despite the fact that I'm a WAHM. But as I started taking an honest look at my life.... I realized that I was right. That's pretty sad.