I Am a Hoarder Who Longs to Be a Minimalist

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    Documentary Film In Search of Individuals to Share Their Experience of Hoarding.

    Hello, I understand that this is a sacred space for members to share their experience, and I hope that this does not appear too intrusive, but I am working on a documentary film project in the Bay Area. The film is about American values and how this influences consumption and we...
    Malavech Malavech
    Jul 17, 2009

    I Was A Hoarder And Now I'm A Minimalist!

    I'm 30 years old and I believe I have successfully overcome my hoarding. My hoarding started as a child because my parents really withheld normal things (like clothing and hair conditioner) even though we were financially stable. They were just cheap-skates. As a result I was...
    Ann333 Ann333
    4 Responses Apr 20, 2011

    I Can't Seem To Stop!

    I am a hoarder of school supplies. I'll buy coloured pencils, water colours, eraser, pens, drawing books, you name it! It's truly a horrible condition but whenever I feel down I feel like I must purchase something to feel better. At the supermarket, I can stop dropping by the...
    freckledprincesse freckledprincesse
    16-17, F
    2 Responses Jun 16, 2011

    Drowning In My Possessions

    as long as i can remember my mom would hang on to everything. now i am turning out to be the same way. its not like we save trash or have bugs or anything like that but it seems like any item that enters this house from the most mundane like a newspaper or nicknack never leaves...
    fionalone fionalone
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Jun 7, 2012

    I've Been a Hoarder Since I Was a Kid, But Occasionally...

    I'm able to get rid of some stuff. Last summer, I went through all of my clothes and got my kids to go through all of their clothes to get rid of what didn't fit, was worn out and what just wasn't wanted. After the kids went through theirs, I went through the ones in the "to...
    Growing Growing
    36-40, F
    4 Responses Feb 17, 2009

    Scheduled To Give Away Hundreds Of Books Today

    Tomorrow, around midday, a charity is scheduled to pick up hundreds of books that I'm donating. That's right I said hundreds. I'm a hoarder and I mostly hoard books, clothing, and food. Especially books. I have acquired everything from children's books to organic chemistry...
    laquitaemerson laquitaemerson
    1 Response May 19, 2012

    Tlc's Hoarding: Buried Alive Looking For New Partipants

    Discovery Studios is currently looking for participants for TLC’s Hoarding: Buried Alive, an hour-long documentary series on compulsive hoarding. We’re seeking people who are willing to open up their lives and homes to share their stories. If you struggle with hoarding and...
    tlchoarding tlchoarding
    26-30, F
    May 31, 2011

    Sick And Tired. My Hoarding Is Ruining My Quality Of Life

    Hi, I live at home with my parents. My bedroom is a disaster. At one point my stuff was at least 3 feet high. I have made slow progress. I am so embarased. It has be going on for many years. I am disgusted with myself. I feel as if I have waster precious time to this damn...
    witchblade31 witchblade31
    41-45, F
    Dec 27, 2012

    Hoarding And Relationships Studies

    Researchers at Case Western Reserve University are conducting two online studies about the relationships of individuals with OCD or hoarding. Each study involves completing questionnaires online about relationships, emotions, OCD, and hoarding. You must be at least 18 to...
    amyp100 amyp100
    31-35, F
    Aug 17, 2012

    Part 2 :)

    Well as a segue from the article i posted here, I will admit this... If i am honest my surroundings are not nourishing me, in fact I can say i am practically swimming in a pool of s**t! LOL..>>FIGURATIVELY SPEAKING !!!!<< Now before you go imagining all sorts of terrible...
    Lunadelobos Lunadelobos
    2 Responses May 22, 2010

    I Am a Mess

    Well maybe not me but my house is.  I am a bit of a pack rat not that I can't get rid of stuff, it is more of It just accumulates and becomes neglected. Once you get used to it as part of your landscape you do not even really notice it.    I have thoughts float...
    bootsiea bootsiea
    36-40, F
    6 Responses Jun 13, 2009

    To Much CRAP!!!

    And that's just what it is CRAP! I look at stuff and think I could sell that... but then when its time to sell,,, I am like I can't sell that... lol! I need to get rid if all this stuff! Its going to make moving hard! I have 15 years of stuff accumulated here and its all got...
    Helden Helden
    36-40, F
    1 Response Sep 13, 2013

    I Think

    I think that I am a hoarder due to an incident in my childhood.  We lived in Cyprus, a small island in the Mediterranean. In 1974 when I was 10, we were in the UK on holiday when the Turkish army invaded and we lost everything.  And I mean everything.  It's quite...
    wisiwig wisiwig
    46-50, F
    2 Responses Jun 2, 2010

    In My Mind ...

    I envision 20+yrs of collection-itis dissolving in, like, now.  And I know I can't get there from here, sitting on this computer. Just got it 60 days ago so I'm addicted to the wealth of information i have found and so grateful for the help and tips I...
    BrokeHeart BrokeHeart
    56-60, F
    4 Responses May 20, 2010

    Ikea Vs. My Junk

    I'm a big fan of interior design, so that means IKEA is one of my favorite shops (in fact, it's the only one).But, I keep loads of old things - DVD's, CD's, cables from things I no longer have, phones that don't work, three old laptops that are worth nothing and even a video...
    ElectricDuck ElectricDuck
    18-21, M
    3 Responses Nov 17, 2011

    I Need Your Help

    I grew up in Bklyn, NY to poor parents. The only things I ever had were castaways from neighbors. I eventually babysat and got a look at fashion magazines. I dreamed of owning beautiful things. From my first job to yesterday, I have bought whatever I wanted. 38 yrs later, I have...
    BrokeHeart BrokeHeart
    56-60, F
    3 Responses Jun 3, 2010

    I Need Help.

    I live in a one bedroom apartment and it looks like an episode of hoarders right now! its 50 percent the fact that its only a one bedroom apartment for two people(two girls), and the other 50 is because ever since I can remember I have always had an attachment to "stuff". I can't...
    marleychick23 marleychick23
    22-25, F
    Nov 19, 2012

    What Do I Really Want? What Do I Really Need?

    I'm a hoarder. No joke. Anything as bad as you'd hear about in the news or see on reality tv. Yet, I'm so burdened by all of these possessions that I often wish my home would burn down one day while my family was at work/school. Right now, my goal is to move from a packed to the...
    laquitaemerson laquitaemerson
    May 13, 2012

    Research On Hoarding And Relationships

    Researchers at Case Western Reserve University are conducting two online studies about the relationships of individuals with OCD or hoarding. Each study involves completing questionnaires online about relationships, emotions, OCD, and hoarding. You must be at least 18 to...
    amyp100 amyp100
    31-35, F
    Aug 21, 2012

    A Means To An End/Beginning (Art Project)

    Hey there I’ve always taken after my dad when is comes to keeping thing. People joke about me being a hoarder but I believe I just enjoy sentiment a little more than others. But I’m used to throwing things away even though I like the idea of everything having a purpose...
    mosaicrabbit mosaicrabbit
    26-30, F
    Oct 16, 2013

    Having a Sort Out ..

    I spent a couple of hours today going though all my clothes and books and ended up with a large pile to take to the local charity shop. But then I kept taking things out again ..  thinking I am sure to lose weight .. trousers and skirts went back in the wardrobe...
    Orangetas Orangetas
    51-55, F
    32 Responses Sep 8, 2008

    My Intuitive Guide To Clearing The Old & Making Room For Amazing Possibilities! By Colette Baron-reid

    Take a moment to look around you. Do your surroundings nourish and uplift you, or do they leave you feeling stressed and weighted down? One of my great realizations about intuition—and an important point that is under-emphasized by many—is that your outer...
    Lunadelobos Lunadelobos
    5 Responses May 20, 2010
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