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I Have Difficulty Throwing Things Away

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    No Hoarder By Any Means

    I just am not wasteful. For example,my step-dad fixed up a wooden table and it has been my kitchen table for almost 12 years and is still in great condition. Part of the reason I hold on to it is sentimental value. He passed away from lung cancer in 2001.
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses Jan 27, 2010

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    It's Hard To De-junk Your Life......

    Until you come to the realization that your stuff owns you, not the other way around. The more stuff you have, the less freedom you have.Consider how much freedom you would have if everything you needed could fit in a backpack. If you needed to move, you'd be done in 5 minutes...
    onlinegrandpa onlinegrandpa 61-65 30 Responses Jan 28, 2010

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    Much Difficulty

    I am basically a hoarder. I "collect" things that I do not need, but feel that I need & can not bring myself to throw them away. Just in the past year or so, I have collected jars that fruit came in, Vitamin Water bottles, 2-liter bottles, used tissue (I know-- gross), & more...
    lyricalongings lyricalongings 31-35, F 2 Responses Apr 3, 2010

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    Clearer Now

    It began with two cupboards, i started sorting,clearing and dare i say it tossing things away. I was feeling happy but sad at the same time as these things i held on to for reasons and letting go of these things was like thearapy. A good friend came round and helped me pop some...
    8pops 8pops 31-35, F May 29, 2012

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    Descent To The Edge Of The Abyss! (Maybe A Bit Dramatic)

    I usually write my stories out in advance before posting. but I think I will over think this one if I don't just go for it now. My place is a mess! I hate the way it has gotten. I resent my son and daughter for not helping me. I am embarrassed to have anyone come over. I don't...
    Scorchia Scorchia 61-65, F 3 Responses Sep 16, 2013

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    I Have Difficultly Throwing Quite A Few Things Away

    When I was still in highschool I would write "songs" and my dad wants me to throw them away but they mean something to me and I just move them somewhere else so he doesn't bother me about it for a while.
    bbman2011 bbman2011 18-21, M 1 Response Dec 25, 2012

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    Sometimes I Keep Things So Long They Get Ruined..

    and then I get mad at myself. Somebody could have used it! But I hung on to it for so long that the leather rotted, or mice got into it, or the elastic died, or it was crushed or something. I really have been asking myself lately, why am I keeping this when someone could be...
    sigmatheta sigmatheta 51-55 Sep 20, 2012

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    Collector

    Since I have a difficulty to see inanimate things as inanimate, I find it hard to throw them away. Even the most insignificant scrap or flyer, anything that is in the mail, even things that are carelessly left in public places, attract me and almost daily I have to fight my...
    moreandless moreandless 56-60, M 2 Responses Nov 24, 2010

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    Little Black Thingamajig.

    The other day I found this little circular black thingy just sitting there on the floor. I picked it up and sat there pondering what it possibly could have come off of.  It had to come off of something.  It had to have been attached to something for some purpose.  I mean I...
    katnipkitkat katnipkitkat 41-45, F 1 Response Jul 18, 2012

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    Always Thinking That I Can Use It For Something...

     I hate waste. I will try to waste as little as possible. To me it is just wrong to waste what we have, when others have so little.But  sometimes that backfires. I tend to keep a lot of things, thinking "oh I can do something with it or use it for...
    BrownEyedMystery BrownEyedMystery 18-21 Jan 26, 2010

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    Poverty Mentality

    When I was a kid, my father was the cheapest bastard in the world.  He wouldn't spend money on anything.  The "Waste Not-Want Not principle was practiced with such seriousness that we thought if we didn't use something until it was so worn out that it didn't function at all...
    MarriedUnlovedAndAlone MarriedUnlovedAndAlone 61-65, M 6 Responses May 18, 2012

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    It Just Adds To The Collection

    My home is clean but its a clutter with nice clothes, fancy shoes, toys and loads of toiletries/makeup products, they are crammed into bags and boxes piled high at corners of some  rooms in my house, its always been my  problem, my drawers are crammed full of clothes/underwear...
    8pops 8pops 31-35, F 3 Responses Dec 27, 2011

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    I'm A Hoarder

    I'm a hoarder,Need help,Can't throw things away,The rubbish,Building up,I'm afraid,I'll throw somethin',I later regret,Damn,Needed that,Now look,What I've done!
    storywriter2 storywriter2 46-50 3 Responses Apr 21, 2012

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    To Be Simple

    Recently I heard an old song on the radio. My ears perked up at the words, "Tis a gift to be simple, tis a gift to be free..." Yes, I thought, and I would like that for my life. I will have to work hard to focus on simplifying my life, with my goals plastered within eyesight...
    FeelingOrange FeelingOrange 46-50, F Feb 6, 2013

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    Full House

    I can hardly move due to lots of stuff. Of course I don't think it is junk but it is a problem and I would like to know how to cure myself of this.
    cupee cupee 61-65 2 Responses Aug 23, 2009

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    Junk Collector!

    Heehee... my mother is a major pack rat. She doesn't throw anything away! So, I have inherited a little of that. Some things are just too sentimental to me. They're junk and take up space, but I can't seem to let go of them! :-/ For example... my first blonde boyfriend, John. He...
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses Jan 21, 2009

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    I am an eco-conscious person

    who cannot justify throwing things in the trash. I try to recycle, reuse, reduce, and compost everything, but I still keep everything for too long, trying to figure out what I can do with it instead of throwing it in the landfill-type trash. In fact, I get so upset thinking...
    ECOandADHD ECOandADHD 26-30, F Feb 27

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    Yes, I Admit It !

    It is hard for me to throw things away, esp if its something my kids made me (like when they were in prescl, ect.). I dont keep junk though, that I throw out asap.
    americanwoman americanwoman 41-45, F 1 Response Jan 21, 2009

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    Too Much Stuff!

    I can't help it. I have too much stuff. I have a tough time throwing any of it away, even stuff I know I may never use again. I guess I just see too much value in it to be thrown away. I have no problem with giving it away if I know someone will be able to use it, but it's...
    karlmartink karlmartink 36-40, M 3 Responses Jan 30, 2013

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    Help Is Here!

    My blog can help!  It's aptly titled Throw Things Away, and you can find it at throwthingsaway.blogspot.com I have lots of advice, and welcome questions!  I hope that helps.
    ThrowThingsAway ThrowThingsAway 22-25 1 Response Aug 6, 2009

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    My Daughter's Reaction

    I made it through a long weekend of rearranging my room, sorting through piles of stuff, recycling, donating and throwing stuff away. I filled the recycling container and the trashcan and the trunk. I did it all myself. When my daughter returned from an out-of-state trip, she...
    FeelingOrange FeelingOrange 46-50, F 2 Responses Jun 16, 2012

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    I Want To Be Good At It

    i want to be good at getting rid of things. Toss them, shred them, recycle them... but get rid. as i hang on to unneeded objects and things, so goes my emotions and my life. i want to get better at simplifying my life.
    astounded1088 astounded1088 31-35, M 2 Responses Apr 21, 2012

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    Time Is Running Out!

    My family is out of town right now. I took 2 days off work to rearrange my tiny bedroom, hopefully make it livable, and clear out as much junk as possible. I took some time out of the schedule for the poetry group on Thursday and a birthday party Saturday. And here I am, uh...
    FeelingOrange FeelingOrange 46-50, F 1 Response Jun 10, 2012

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    Recycle & Freecycle

    If I know something is absolutely useless I will throw it away, but I usually have a hard time just throwing things away. If I decide to get rid of something, I try to give it to someone who needs it, or maybe make some money if I can. I am a sentamental being so I have things I...
    FellidayaFiresong FellidayaFiresong 31-35, F Aug 26, 2012

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    Recovery - Looking Back

    It has been a long time since I've thought about the pack-rat I used to be.  The hoarder I used to be.  That person doesn't fully exist anymore and its hard to believe that was the person I once was.  I haven't thought of it for a long time, until I turned on my T.V. and...
    Cade Cade 18-21 5 Responses Mar 4, 2011

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    Physical Shifted To Digital

    Always being able to see how something could be used, or reused, has it's drawbacks, as you may know xD Or wanting to hold onto things because of the memories they trigger, or simply because they have something of information or knowledge associated with them, however small...
    MentalMorph MentalMorph 22-25, M Jun 21, 2012

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    I Collect While My Wife Fuss's

    I am a do it yourselfer around my house if it is somthing I can do as it cost so much today just to get sombody to come fix even the smallest thing. You talk to a repair person by phone and they want a hundred dollar's up just to make a house call and then repair's are added on...
    Robert1256 Robert1256 51-55, M 7 Responses Dec 26, 2010

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    My Collection

    I have difficulty throwing things away as well. For me, it has something to do with the fact that I consider everything I own to have some form of sentimental value. I remember a lot of things as well, and have been told I have a photographic memory. I feel that if I throw things...
    jUsTaNoThErMaYaNiSt jUsTaNoThErMaYaNiSt 18-21, F 3 Responses Dec 19, 2011

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    That's How I Am

    I tend to have to hold on to things I have had for a while. I want to keep their memory.  I'm that kind of hoarder.  I don't have a very big collection of stuff, though.  My room is a little messy and I have some things in the basement and garage.  I like to watch the shows...
    MDenise MDenise 31-35, F 4 Responses Aug 27, 2012

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    Blankets!

    Every winter, someone gives me a another beautiful blanket.  And since I have never thrown a single blanket out in my entire life, I have developed a bit of a storage problem.   So I chastize myself,  I say, " Fine!  There is no room for...
    LilAnnie LilAnnie 56-60, F 5 Responses May 29, 2010

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    This Really Bothers My Husband

    I have trouble throwing things away. I dont' consider myself a hoarder since I throw trash and useless things etc away. I am a very sentimental person so much of my stuff has sentimental value. The other stuff that has monitary value I am willing to get rid of but...
    kaccidy kaccidy 26-30, F 2 Responses Jan 26, 2010

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    Pack Rats Anonymous

      Ever since I was a kid I've been a collector of useless things.  I would have drawers full of knick-knacks and gadgets and garbage galore; although to my mind none of my things were trash.     I would save candy wrappers, bus passes, bottle caps...
    EolianDeparting EolianDeparting 18-21 12 Responses Jan 20, 2009

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    Ehmmmmm...

    Does this mean I have a hoarding problem? I never want to throw clothes away. Unless it's super ewoo ugly, otherwise I keep it, even if it doesn't fit...
    CrazyHippieChick CrazyHippieChick 18-21, F 2 Responses Nov 23, 2012

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    Related Experiences

    This is the best fitting sentence to describe this part of me. For years already I am coping with social problems. Only recently I realized my parents had started noticing that...
    RianneK RianneK 16-17, F 1 day ago

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    We once had this guy who always broke our soccer ball and sometimes kick them far away because it was "around the perimeter of his land". So one day, we kept the ball he broke...
    DestinyAuthor DestinyAuthor 18-21, M 1 Response Jul 31

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    We did stupid stuff on Skype, we talked about different types of boobs, and we plan to give each other gifts and do odd (but not sexual) things to each other when we're all 69. We...
    NyanCat73 NyanCat73 13-15, M Jul 31

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    I'm one of the weird things in my life I'm the only one I know that can put his foot behind my head see-head foot
    lilwolfboy2 lilwolfboy2 13-15 Aug 3

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    "24 7" I have a whack of things going threw my mind, it frustrates and confuses and drives me crazy! at times it's insane I lose my mind, when will my Brain ever shut down a little...
    purple567 purple567 13-15, F a week ago

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    I really feel I did and I have dreams about them sometimes...Us doing ridiculous but fun activities and laughing and all but I just feel that I've turned into a different person...
    Socialanxietyhelp Socialanxietyhelp 16-17, F 2 Responses Aug 3

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    El callejón taught me never go to the laundry mat after dark, never touch anyones dirty laundry, never talk to strangers, never stay out late alone, never open the door to...
    Alylovespuppies Alylovespuppies 16-17, F Aug 4

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    I can't sleep so many thoughts going over and over in my head... So seeing as I'm up for a sleepless night anyone care to chat?
    milichja milichja 22-25, F Jul 29

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    Went bi. Wanting ********* with two best pals. Never got *********. Sigh.
    Livyn4pals Livyn4pals 46-50, M Jul 31

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    It was about 2 years ago but we egged our yr 5 primary teacher house it was the best night ever !!
    HannahlovesHH HannahlovesHH 13-15, F 1 Response Jul 31

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    Watched L A confidential. Learned and found proof. Life is life. Art mimicks life. But some fiction gives jerks ideas. And those become life. So the question...
    Livyn4pals Livyn4pals 46-50, M 1 Response Aug 4

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    Finding memo taught me to always trust sharks
    panthrax00 panthrax00 16-17, M 1 Response Aug 4

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    We do all sorts of crazy stuff I don't feel like writing them all here
    serenagirl87 serenagirl87 13-15, F 1 Response Aug 16

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    girl I just met: wow you don't look like your age, your look is still young. me: really? most of people told me I look old, guess how old i am? girl: umm, 36-37? me: Umm, i'm 24...
    RainbowSpectrum RainbowSpectrum 22-25, M 3 Responses Aug 17

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    Bad dreams... I have this problem with bad dreams.. Something will pop up during my day.. A text.. A comment.. Some news from my lawyer...anything and ill blow it off.. Continue...
    sunpea sunpea 36-40, F Aug 10

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    Lets look for it. -- I find the sentence "looking for happiness" funny.. but I am not laughing.. Hmm.. -- So, the typical view or thing to do.. Would be, perhaps to point to your...
    mirkwood86 mirkwood86 26-30, M 2 days ago

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    I feel like all my life I've been a pushover and to now actually go out and take what I want out of life would be weird because I've given up my power of individuality. I am...
    DallasB DallasB 26-30, M Aug 8

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    1. I liked the movie "Steel Magnolias" there, I said it. 2. My eyes seem to change colors between varying shades of blue and green. 3. I love music. But, when I listen, I get so...
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