How to NOT Be Featured on Hoarders



I've watched the show Hoarders once.  People joke a lot about being featured on that show.  Usually you sense that they might be a hoarder in embryonic form, and think that joking about it makes the problem go away.

I know this is a blog about art and folk art, but in order to get anything created, I've got to deal with my mess. Recently I started a little project to get my house in order.  I took pictures of all the rooms in my house.  But before I could do that I had to clean out some spaces.  Admittedly I didn't get to them all.  Anyway, while I was doing this I was muttering to myself about my hoarding ways.  Sometimes it makes sense.  But most of the stuff should have been sent to recycling or given away a long time ago.  While thinking about this project, I have decided to reduce my stuff by half, which means making decisions about what's most important.  I've found a lot stuff in my hoards that don't fit in with my goals.  And what was interesting was that by getting rid of the cluttery stuff, I like my house a whole lot better.

My guidelines for what to keep:
  1. I love it.
  2. It serves a purpose.
  3. It has historical significance for me or my family (this one is tough!)
In thinking about how NOT to be a hoarder, I've read some awesome posts by other bloggers, and thought I'd list them here. 


There is very little chance that I will become a minimalist.  Better chance for a snowball surviving in Ecuador.  But at least I can ward off a feature on Hoarders.

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keep you from doing what you can do."

John Wooden




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