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I Have Difficulty Throwing Things Away

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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...
    FeelingOrange FeelingOrange 46-50, F 1 Response Jun 10, 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...
    8pops 8pops 31-35, F 3 Responses Dec 27, 2011

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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...
    Cade Cade 18-21 5 Responses Mar 4, 2011

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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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses Jan 27, 2010

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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...
    MDenise MDenise 31-35, F 4 Responses Aug 27, 2012

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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! ...
    ThrowThingsAway ThrowThingsAway 22-25 1 Response Aug 6, 2009

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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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    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...
    onlinegrandpa onlinegrandpa 61-65 31 Responses Jan 28, 2010

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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...
    astounded1088 astounded1088 31-35, M 2 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...
    FeelingOrange FeelingOrange 46-50, F Feb 6, 2013

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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...
    MentalMorph MentalMorph 22-25, M Jun 21, 2012

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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...
    americanwoman americanwoman 41-45, F 1 Response Jan 21, 2009

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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...
    Robert1256 Robert1256 51-55, M 7 Responses Dec 26, 2010

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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...
    FellidayaFiresong FellidayaFiresong 31-35, F Aug 26, 2012

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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...
    EolianDeparting EolianDeparting 18-21 12 Responses Jan 20, 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...
    ECOandADHD ECOandADHD 26-30, F Feb 27

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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...
    FeelingOrange FeelingOrange 46-50, F 2 Responses Jun 16, 2012

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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...
    kaccidy kaccidy 26-30, F 2 Responses Jan 26, 2010

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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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses Jan 21, 2009

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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...
    katnipkitkat katnipkitkat 41-45, F 1 Response Jul 18, 2012

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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...
    bbman2011 bbman2011 18-21, M 1 Response Dec 25, 2012

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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...
    MarriedUnlovedAndAlone MarriedUnlovedAndAlone 61-65, M 6 Responses May 18, 2012

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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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    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...
    lyricalongings lyricalongings 31-35, F 2 Responses Apr 3, 2010

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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...
    sigmatheta sigmatheta 51-55 Sep 20, 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...
    Scorchia Scorchia 61-65, F 3 Responses Sep 16, 2013

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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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    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...
    LilAnnie LilAnnie 56-60, F 5 Responses May 29, 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...
    8pops 8pops 31-35, F May 29, 2012

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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...
    jUsTaNoThErMaYaNiSt jUsTaNoThErMaYaNiSt 18-21, F 3 Responses Dec 19, 2011

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    I don't know what it is. Even if I am so tired, and I know I need to get some sleep, if I have a lot on my mind, the hampster wheel just keeps on spinning!
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    Sometimes I feel that I don't fit in with the majority of humans populating this world, mainly because i'm different than them. Is there something i'm missing? Because...
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    It was Oct. 31 1991 my friend Nori had a invite to a Halloween costume party in Jamul ,Ca. about 25 miles east of Chula Vista that were I was living I wasn't invited but went...
    skineejenny skineejenny 51-55, F Mar 20

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    Like tonight for example. Someone talk to me!!! lol.
    Wholam Wholam 18-21, F Mar 27

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    I hate it when i post something on this app and then people who dont know me say that I'm too young and stuff like that i post stuff to get advice from people not for them to tell...
    blackrose256 blackrose256 13-15, F 1 Response Apr 3

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    1. I’m kind of shy. 2. I do things on my own. 3. I don’t like it when people stare at me. 4. I play guitar. 5. I don’t know why but I’m attracted to girls. 6. Don’t say...
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    I have difficulty with letting things go; things I’ve said and done that I regret, I hold them all in and cannot forget them or move on. I feel that I’m a monster at heart...
    HMSaph HMSaph 16-17, M Mar 28

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    Mirabal19 Mirabal19 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 20

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    For a little over a year I have been trying to explain the reasons and motivations behind the way I have lived my life since I married my husband. I have never been able to explain...
    isis55 isis55 56-60, F 1 Response Mar 31

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    Keep shinny things away from me if its jewelry with a shimmer or pretty gem. Or maybe a strange object with a nice glow/shine i'm gonna take it if it's on the road i'm gonna take...
    Autumnflowers Autumnflowers 18-21, F Apr 1

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    SparklyRain SparklyRain 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 25

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    Two months ago I had the best girlfriend by far I've ever been with leave me then lost my job one week later. I've learned over the years to try to find someone with as much in...
    ryynoe ryynoe 41-45, M 4 Responses 6 days ago

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    Why would i bother? In finding happiness? In finding love? All of those things Have gone by, faded away Why would i bother Thinking of a mate a knight who'll sweep me of my feet...
    PartyPoison04 PartyPoison04 13-15, F 1 Response Mar 29

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    I wish we could talk, I have so many things to say. I wish we never met. I wish that I could forget. I wish that all of the things we did we can do all over again (ahh I wish). I...
    PosterGirl PosterGirl 31-35, F Mar 31

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    As a child....I've always seen and heard things. Terrifying things.. That had me scared to sleep at night. I dreamt of future events. I had a dream about my grandfathers death at...
    nativesoul73 nativesoul73 41-45 Apr 2

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    I have learned that things don't always go as you think they should go......that life is full of opposites you would never dream of......that some things are not easily explained...
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    The fist time I have a gift as Vanessa was by my mother she gave me a feminine clothes like heels an some things like this(obviously when it had grown more when she gave me this I...
    vanessalovewearingpanties vanessalovewearingpanties 16-17, F 1 Response Mar 19

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    1. I consider myself a Christian. 2. I am very far from perfect and have done many things that are wrong. 3. I live in the North East of the United States. 4. I have been married...
    ezmoney ezmoney 56-60, M 1 Response Mar 26