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Someone saw one of my project pictures and accused me of being a hoarder. Even though the point of most of these projects is PURGING. What's the difference between being a saver and a packrat and a hoarder? Are they all just degrees of tendency? Mine seems to go in waves, in that case. Plus though I'd sometimes LIKE to, I can't just throw away stuff in the house that belongs to one of the three other people who live here. I can only gently encourage...

Does saving stuff at all make you a hoarder at some point? Or is it just the size of the space you keep it in that differentiates the madness? We have a REALLY big house, so we have lots of space to put things in. We have lots of closets and an attic and cupboards and shelves and a garage. I do periodic clean-outs of closets and drawers and all year long I put stuff we don't need or want or that's too small in bags to donate to the annual Flyinge flea market or to the AWC media sale.

I don't buy extra stuff (except for spices...I admit that's a problem area). I don't shop much at all, as a matter of fact. And yet, stuff accumulates and needs to be sorted and organized and cleaned out at some point. Today I cleaned the front hall closet, but I didn't get rid of that much, probably because I had cleaned it out not all that long ago.

And Karin started working on her room today, and really started cleaning things out. She wants to re-do her room and Anders told her he wouldn't start until she had thoroughly gone through everything and cleaned it. It's been nearly 2 years since she started asking, and she's just now getting started. It'll be a shame to see the dragon wall and the Asian accents go, but the little karate 9-year-old is a long-gone thing of the past.

There's not that many cleaning-out projects left on my list. The kids' rooms and the chest in the playroom are the only two. Everything else on the project list is something specific that has to be done: replace the door, paint the plant stand, figure out a better solution for shoes, buy new bookcases for the computer room, dry clean the rug, etc. Easy peasy, nothing to do with purging. Purging is HARD WORK. But if you can do it, do it at all, well then, you're not a hoarder. Right?
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I think I qualify as a packrat. I can throw stuff out but I keep some things other people would totally get rid of. I am sentimental about things and won't get rid of them if they still make me smile.

I'm half packrat, half purger. It's disorienting sometimes. I keep a lot of sentimental stuff too for years and years and then suddenly I go crazy and sweep it all out.

You aren't a hoarder unless there's feces. That's my motto and I'm sticking to it. (Can you tell that I too have been called a hoarder in the past??)

HAAAAA! I guess fish feces don't count...if we only have 1 tank!

From Megsie

I am totally a pack rat. I am so much better than I used to be, but I wish I was more heartless. I don't think of you as a hoarder at all. Not even a little bit. My whole house needs to be gone through, and it is THE WORST job. I HATE it. That is why the whole house needs to be gone through. It is getting easier to get rid of some of the toy stuff as the kids get older, and that feels SO good, but there are other things that need places...many things...(books). (Shhhhh.) It feels so good when it is done, I just need to DO IT!

Of course there is no time now. School eats up all of that, and anything left over goes to driving the kids around. I guess it will just have to wait. Hehe.

Re: From Megsie

I've had help with clothes from both my sister and my friend Debbie...I think that's the HARDEST one. Everything else I can manage pretty well waves. :)


No way are you a hoarder- I've seen those homes on TV- yours definitely does not qualify! Although you might be right about the spices and cookie decoration stuff- but totally understandable when you can't find most of that in Sweden!

I DO use them, the spices and the decoration's just a long time inbetween and then I buy more! haa!


I don't think you're a hoarder, because you actually go through and purge stuff. I'm the exact opposite of a hoarder - I HAVE to purge at least once a year - it drives me batty if I don't!


(And sorry I haven't commented on any earlier posts this year - I'm just finally reading them after finishing this year's massive purge/clean!)

Purging and cleaning out is good for the soul!!

I'm a packrat (see icon!) with hoarding tendencies, as the state of my apartment will prove. It's a family trait, and one I struggle with -- I consciously try to remind myself regularly that "so that I'll have it" is not a good enough reason to acquire something. I'm very impressed with your ability to destash your closets!

Even with our big house and lots of storage space, I still have to try to keep a eye on my keeping things. It spirals out of control too quickly!

You are SO not a hoarder. Had this person ever been to your house? Why would they even say that? Don't let it get to you.

Well, in all fairness, that person has been to my house, BUT he has never seen the inside of any of our closets! Ha!

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