The other night I was watching "Hoarding". I like the show although sometimes I have to turn it off because of the living conditions of the hoarders. Other times, it spurs me on to clean up my own collection of "stuff". I had already been in the process of cleaning up my office for about the millionth time, but this gave me additional incentive.
One of the participants was under orders from his town to clean up his yard. It seems he would pick through trash and take things that he thought he might have a use for. He was particularly fond of taking machinery and building supplies that were being thrown out. There was one comment that he made that got me thinking. He said something to the effect that he had so many ideas and projects that he thought these things would be useful for some time in the future.
A few days earlier, I said to myself that one of the reasons that I have so much clutter is that I have so many interests and projects that I want to do. There are bags of yarn in my office for a baby blanket I want to knit and donate, but I haven't gotten too far because I lost the instructions for the design of the blanket. There is also a ball of styroform, a dowel, a can of stain and a collection of small flowers and bows for a topiary I want to make. I also have a collection of linens that were hand embroidered by my mother many, many years ago. Then there are all my photographs, the paper necessary for printing copies and the supplies of ink for my printers.
Am I becoming a hoarder? There may be hope for me since this is the only room that is in such disarray and I am currently in the process of cleaning my pantry and garage. Or am I just making excuses for myself?