11/10/09

Hi My Name is Megan....

Hi, my name is Megan and I have potential to become a full-blown Hoarder.

I say 'full-blown' because I think that I am already a little-bit of a Hoarder.

Tonight I decided to clean out our bedroom closet.

I want to be ready to move at a moments notice. Whenever I find contentment in this apartment and God gives us the OK to move I want to be ready.

So I decided that getting our closet clean and organized and rid of all things we don't need or wear anymore would be a good step towards getting ready for the move - whenever that is.

Way to late in the night I started my project. I went through our closet, got rid of some clothes and shoes that we don't wear anymore.

I then found a Christmas tree stand that I most likely would have been looking for in the next week so I felt productive.

It was around the time that we had to take apart the vacuum because I sucked a knit belt into it that I decided I was done with the closet and wanted to conquer new territory.

So I left what used to be our very clean bedroom looking like this: (don't be jealous of the black Dr. marten's in the picture)
There is a chair under there I promise....
And then entered the bathroom - also known as the land of expired products.

Also, the land where the fear (and realization?) set in that I may in fact be a hoarder.

Do you know how many bottles of shampoo I had under my sink?

By the way do those expire?

Does anybody want a pair of glasses that I wore in junior high? Because I totally have those under my sink?

How about the perfume I got for Christmas my senior year of high school, SEVEN years ago?!?

Or what about a Chi straightener that broke 3 years ago but I can't bring myself to part with it because I paid so much money for it.

So I keep it under my sink.

Even though it is BROKEN

I did throw away about 20 bottles of Proactiv because they expired a looooong time ago.

I hope my dad isn't reading this, it would probably hurt his eyes (and bank account) to know that I threw away all of that Proactiv he paid for.

It would be like "throwing money out the window" as he would say.

I also found a couple of bottles of cellulite cream.

Do those expire?

Do you know what the saddest part about all of this is?

I moved more than 10 times during my college career.

I MOVED ALL OF THIS STUFF EVERYTIME.

Something is wrong here.

I started to feel defeated when my bathroom looked like this: (which by the way do you like how I didn't even put down my toilet lid for this picture, my mom will be embarrassed)

When I reached this point I realized I didn't really want to conquer the bathroom either and it was time for bed.

Which is clearly why I'm blogging.

When I told Luke that I thought I was a Hoarder, he said he already knew that I was one, its no secret.

That's why I married him, he lifts me up when I am down.

Now I'm off to put everything back under my sink and in my closet so that I can go to bed.

Basically tonight I just took an inventory of all the expired items in our home.

You should always keep track of those sorts of things, you never know when you will get the urge to wear that perfume that didn't even smell that great when you were in high school.


29 comments:

Kelsey @ Seattle Smith's said...

At least you got rid of a TON of stuff!!! It is such a relief to be able to throw stuff away -- proud of you. It's so hard though when we know how much we paid for it all!

Kristen said...

oh you aren't alone! I go through my bathroom maybe once every six months and still end up throwing so much away or giving it away etc. I don't even know how it gets there!

Shannon said...

I do this every so often... I hate throwing bottles of stuff away. Dang, I wish that ProActive wasn't expired - I would've totally bought it from you!

Becca said...

hahaha my favorite is the half-finished cleaning - I always do that!! :-)

The Sawyer Family said...

first of all... I'm the same as you! but maybe worse.
second of all... my hairdresser told me she has a deal with the store where she buys her products and tools, a store only for hairdressers. She is allowed to return her broken chi and get one for free. And she said she did it 4 times last year and they never questioned her. because the chi company repairs the broken one and they resell it. So- talk to your sister.

Classy Fab Sarah said...

I had the exact same idea today - I took all the clothes out of my closet and put about half of them back. And the rest are still on the floor of my bedroom.

I guess I'm a hoarder too!

Rachel said...

I need to do the same thing, but I must admit I'm a little afraid. I know my closet, bathroom, and even our kitchen are full of things that we need to pitch. Seriously....I know it'll be bad!

But good for you for doing something about it and pitching it all. I'm glad you can admit you have a problem :)

Mrs. Bear said...

I am dreading our move because I hoard PAPERS... documents of all kinds... and I can't for the life of me figure out how to organize all of this crap without getting an ugly filing cabinet... and right now if I bought one it would have no place to live because our apartment is OVERCROWDED with wedding gifts.

Good for you for cleaning though!

Lindsay said...

I am the same way! I recently threw away about 12 expired medicine bottles. (nyquill, dayquill, etc.)

Good luck with all your cleaning!

Kaitlin said...

I totally hide things in cubbies. You should see our mail holder (eek).

Beauty products like shampoos, sprays, etc. do expire. If you look on the side on the side of the bottles it usually will have a 12 or 24 inside a bottle image and that is the length in months it lasts.

Lauren Kelly said...

I've seen a show based on this very topic..... hmmmmmmm, who ya going to call, hoarderbusters, haha!!!! :)

Lauren said...

hahaha!!! Good luck when you actually get rid of everything, I went through my bathroom cabinets a few months ago & thought I might need a full sized dumpster for all the old makeup, practically empty shampoo bottles, & randomness!

USCEmily said...

This makes me laugh because you sound EXACTLY like my roommate from college and beyond. She just got married and when she was packing up to move out, I helped her clean things out. She had t-shirts from high school that she was keeping for "sentimental" value and she even had receipts from 6 or 7 years ago. And not for major purchases- nope- gas or McDonald's.
I laugh because I am the exact opposite and throw EVERYTHING out after a few months. Sometimes I risk throwing out something I might need just so I don't have to look at it!

Lindsey said...

I am like that too! Thank goodness we moved because it was a great cleansing experience for me!

Mark and Kathryn said...

Ha - I know how you feel... i used to be that way and still am a little bit - it's hard for me to move away from hoarding, but every time I throw more junk away I feel a little bit lighter! ha. You can do it!!

~Kathryn

Courtney said...

I'm so terrified of becoming a hoarder that now I've become the exact opposite which is pretty much as bad! I throw things away even if they aren't empty or if I haven't worn them in six months.

DREW'S MOM said...

hahaha.. you clean like I do!!! at least you've taken a new inventory of all your unneeded and expired items... lol

Sweet Simplicity said...

haha! At least you can admit it. That is step one of the program, right??

Jenna said...

HHHIIIIII MEGAN. :-)

This post brings many thoughts to my mind.

1. How many more traits must we share before it comes out that we are in fact TWINS SEPERATED AT BIRTH? I'm gonna question Deb more about this tonight. She is sure to crack one day and tell me the truth.

2. All I can say is thank goodness we were not roommates in college. We would not have been able to have guests over for lack of room to accomodate them. (But we would have had fun hanging out together with all of our stuff!)

3. You are hilarious.

Tara Gibson said...

haha girl i am a hoarder when it comes to clothes too. I just cant seem to part with stuff haha

Newlywed Next Door said...

Oh honey, I could be your new best friend! I am the opposite of hoarder. In fact my dream job is professional organizer. When I was young, I would go to my friends homes and help them clean out their closets and get organized. Crazy right? Do you ever watch that show "Clean House"... I love it! But anyway, don't feel bad, just start one drawer and one room at a time. Be sure to donate the stuff to charity and get a tax writeoff!

sarah said...

I had this same idea about a month ago. I managed to successfully clean out the closet...and now the same pile of rejected clothes is sitting in a pile next to the tv in my living room. Hey, baby steps!

Rachel H. said...

You are TOO funny! I'm the exact opposite. Anything that I haven't used in awhile or I think might just be junk, I throw it away. I hate to have things lying around! :)

Kristin said...

Dude, I so suffer from the same ailment. My bedroom and bathroom and scary right now! The poor hubs. ah ha

Kassie said...

Ugh, I am so the same way!! I keep everything, and always seem to have a reason for why I can't throw such and such away!

Kelley said...

too funny! I think we could hoarding BFFs!

When I go through my pantry it's especially bad....eek!

maybe I will de-hoard this weekend!

Trina said...

I tend to hoard stuff to a certain point. But it has to be out of sight or it will drive me crazy. I stuffed alot of the kids old baby stuff in the attic. Why do I still have it when we are done with having kids? I really don't know. lol

What cracks me up is that you moved all that stuff to new living arrangements. lol

Perfectly Imperfect said...

realizing you have a problem is always the first step to recovery =) looks like you're on the right path!!

and we do this with our pantry. that is gross, but we've moved 4 times since 2005 and when we cleaned it out last month we found multiple items that expired before then! so we've literally been taking that stuff with us for years!

Heather said...

GIRL---I have TWO broken CHI's under my sink for the same reason. I refuse to believe that shampoos expire, too! I just can soooo relate to this post!