Diary of a Hoarder’s Daughter

Oh somebody help me. I’ve been living with my father for three months now. Three months living with a hoarder. These are tough times, my friends. Just be grateful if you don’t know anyone who has this terrible condition.

Yes. It is a condition. To quote the all-knowing Wikipedia…

” Hoarding is the excessive acquisition of possessions (and failure to use or discard them), even if the items are worthless, hazardous, or unsanitary. Compulsive hoarding impairs mobility(umm, YES!!!–shall I mention tripping over crapola everyday?!?!)  and interferes with basic activities, including cooking (how long does it take me to FIND anything in a kitchen drawer stuffed with hundreds of implements?), cleaning, showering, and sleeping. A person who engages in compulsive hoarding is commonly said to be a “pack rat“, in reference to that animal’s characteristic hoarding.”

Well. My father officially falls under the “pack rat” category. Thankfully, none of his acquisitions are UNSANITARY, oh Lord, that’s probably the next rung on the “compulsive hoarder’s ladder…” OH LORD! 😯

I need prayers, people.

Today was the fam’s semi-annual yard sale (someone please put me out of my misery :sad:) and let’s just say it’s two hours after the end of the “sale” and the fam is STILL packing things up to be put away. 🙄 I actually had a little excitement about the yard sale and getting RID OF some of this shtuff…but five minutes into setting-up, I realized my dad didn’t want me to put out 95% of the stuff I was putting out. 😡

Oh, don't I wish he'd sell his valuables for $0.25!!!

And guess what!? I realized that if I clean out a drawer or organize a space and make it tidy, he will add –10 times as much stuff– than had been there before. 😥 What’s a gal to do!? I need my OWN place, that’s what I need. 😉

This is an interesting quote:

“We are not cisterns made for hoarding, we are channels made for sharing.” –Billy Graham

See, dad? Share the wealth (cough, cough) Ummm, share your shtuff…GOODWILL! SALVO!! THRIFT STORES! Homeless! They’re all calling out to you!

 
 
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March 26, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . High Desert Life, Uncategorized.

4 Comments

  1. Melissa replied:

    My roommate is like that and so was his mom. I spent many years arguing with him about it and it did create some change yet it was exhausting. At this time I just leave it as it is and clean it up when I get to it.

    Yes, it’s hard to live with and emotionally draining yet I am dealing with it until I get out on my own.

    The exhausting part is the arguing and then not having anyone to help keep it clean. I learned to let go and live with a mess and not get angry about it.

    Wish you luck babe!!!!

    Melissa xoxoxo

  2. Tonita replied:

    My grandmother is a hoarder. Living with her was one of the worst experiences. I am a messy person, but dear God, I was going nuts. Cleaning was horrible. I’d clean, and like you said, she go back and put something else it its place. Long story short, get your own place and keep encouraging your dad to get rid of some of the stuff.

  3. Erica replied:

    There’s actually a reality show about this, it’s called “Hoarders” on A&E. It’s pretty interesting – they usually have a psychologist and a professional organizer working with the people (most of whom have had the city health inspectors come in and give them a certain amount of time to clean up or else).

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