Charity begins at home


I’m a hoarder! there i said it.

Actually perhaps that would’ve been more effective in some addicts group where i stand up and say ”Hi i’m Amanda and i’m a hoarder”

The truth is i’m actually a bit of a contradiction for although i like to hoard i’m also exceptionally tidy and get rather obsessive about clutter being on view. Mess bugs me, i mean REALLY bugs me in a ‘hey i’m going to spoil your day’ kind of way. So You’d never guess that somewhere lurking away i have a zillion things waiting to tumble from cupboards and crammed so high under the bed that it barely stands on its own four feet. I know i dont need 40 pairs of jeans and 50 pairs of boots/ shoes but i like them! Sure i have a kindle and i dont need the hundreds of books tucked into dozens of small spaces around the room and nor do i need my own personal blockbusters store but who cares i want one!!

But sometimes even i have to admit that things are getting out of hand and stuff just isnt going to be used, hey if it was i wouldnt have replaced it with something better right?? So yesterday i decided a really good clear out was in order and figured i’d have a ruthless sort through and donate to charity. Some time later with a large pile of belongings building small walls around me i cringed in horror as i sorted through a long untouched CD collection. All of my music is on my pc so none of them ever get played. More to the point did i really go out and buy some of this stuff??!!. Backstreet boys, nsync, kylie minogue, steps(okay that one,  that’s definitely not mine!!) Okay one big charity bag coming up!!

Movie promo tshirts, competition prizes from my comping days, books, old mp3 players, the list goes on and on and the bags steadily grew. That bed throw i hated( well it looked okay in the store!) pretty but redundant laundry basket cluttering up the bottom of the stairs and that lamp i replaced ages ago. Oh it grew and grew. Coming down for lunch my son tripped over a playstation cable and surveyed the mess before exclaiming loudly ”i didnt hear the bomb drop!” 

Don’t you just love sarcasm!! Actually confession time i think he gets it from me, sarcastic humour seems to run in our family and irony whilst bypassing many is definitely not lost on us!!

Hours and hours later i had the mini mountain sorted and the ‘okay i’ll part with it if you prise it from my grip’ pile was barring the way out of my front door. Having wheedled darling son into volunteering to take it to the charity shop i did make a concession and agree to let him go when it was dark and give in to his refusal to carry a large dried flower arrangement.Okay i can see his point a teenager doesnt want to be seen wandering through town with mummys dried flowers, im not that harsh. 

So as my contribution to charity disappeared up the road i sat myself down with the only trunk in the house that will never be cleared out. My memory chest. Years and years of special memories,  love letters, gifts, even train tickets from special days out with special people. My ‘something to look back on when i am old’ box.  And as i cleaned off the dust i had to smile at an old painted hand print from when my youngest was small, poem about sticky hand prints all long ago faded as she leaves in a cloud of perfume calling a goodbye over her shoulder. But i have only to open my trunk and remember, a lifetime of special memories.Some things are just worth hoarding..arent they.

 

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  1. tchistorygal
    Jun 28, 2012 @ 05:36:12

    So funny as usual I love the cartoon, Crap from a Closet. I try to clean my closet out every 5 months or so, but there are some things I never get rid of – the t-shirt my mom bought me when I was 17, and it made me look busty – and I wasn’t., my grandmother’s really ugly brownish bedspread. (I don’t know why I keep it.), my grandfather’s pocket knife. (there must be a million of them hanging around.), my dad’s drafting table that he made. Then I go through cards, card by card deciding if I want to keep it, and it’s 20 years old! Go figure. Love your site. Have a great week. ML

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    • smilesalot1969
      Jun 28, 2012 @ 07:47:53

      HIya Marsha hows your week going? crazy here i’ve not had the time to blog or read anything, i really must make more effort!! someone made the mistake of letting me loose with a paintbrush in my house 😀 i’m terrible for clutter its never tat so i hang onto it telling myself its too nice to throw away which it usually is but totally missing the point that i dont actually NEED it lol im a womble!!

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      • tchistorygal
        Jun 28, 2012 @ 15:08:10

        Good for you!!! I painted our bedroom 11 years ago, and I can still see where the colors don’t quite match when I changed paint cans. I guess it’s time. My husband painted the living room and hall this winter after leaving color patches on the hall for 6 months. Lots of house stories!!! Glad you’re back to writing! I missed it!

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