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Clean up before you become a hoarder

May 7, 2012 - Linda Lobeck
There’s nothing like that feeling in spring when the grass starts growing, flowers are coming up and the apple tree buds have blossomed in my yard — and then I get the cleaning bug.

Going along with that feeling is the strong urge to start purging the excess junk that has accumulated over the past few years in my basement. I don’t know how it happens, but with two kids coming back and forth from college to home and the stuff I’ve taken when cleaning out my mom’s house, it starts creeping up again to the point of no return.

Then it’s time to take a weekend or two and start seriously going through things. I put things into piles — what I want to keep or need, what can be tossed out that’s no longer good, and the things that are still in good shape that can be donated to a charity.

It sounds easier than you think, especially when trying to decide what to keep of my mom’s stuff. I tend to be more emotional about those things, just like I am of the baby things from my kids, who are now 23 and 20.

But despite these emotional feelings, I know that you need to purge some of the things you are hanging on to from time to time, or it just keeps piling up. And I don’t want to be one of those people featured on that show about hoarding. That’s a scary show. And although I’ve only watched it a couple of times, it’s enough to keep me on the straight and narrow with my own saving tendencies.

So with the coming of spring, so comes my desire to keep my collecting and keeping things under control. And I hope that the end result will be a cleaner and more organized basement.


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