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Started by halfnelson on Aug 19, 2018 12:24:11 AM
Hoarding

An interesting piece:

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/aug/18/it-looks-like-youre-a-lazy-idiot-hoarders-welcome-medical-classification

I genuinely think that my mum has some worries about me becoming a hoarder with regards to books/DVDs/CDs. And I do empathise with the guy in the article when he says about being afraid of not knowing things.

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foghorn - 19 Aug 2018 00:42:44 (#1 of 116)

I get that blokes point. In my tiny town garret I could raise some eyebrows, probably be classed as hoarding under these definitions. The tottering piles of books and stacks of clutter, obscure archaic tools and disorderly collections. There are some books I don´t care about much, but very little of it is junk.

We bucked the trend and upsized for retirement and as that guy says, now we have a library and workshops amongst other things and none of it is oppressive or eccentric at all.

Ebadlun - 19 Aug 2018 00:46:57 (#2 of 116)

I'm not a hoarder, I'm just really fucking lazy about getting rid of stuff. When I do finally get round to it, I'm not sentimental about it.

It's not like I'd store the entire contents of an online newspaper forum for five years, put it on a hard drive, and write a search front-end for it ten years later. That would be well mental.

PaperRustler - 19 Aug 2018 08:25:58 (#3 of 116)

Nobody would do anything that bonkers.

Vendor - 19 Aug 2018 09:29:47 (#4 of 116)

No, you would at least leave out the Football boards.

thisonehasalittlehat - 19 Aug 2018 10:16:11 (#5 of 116)

We don't hoard we're very minimalist no clutter. Hate pointless ornaments. Things are beautiful through convergence of function and form.

RosyLovelady - 19 Aug 2018 10:25:07 (#6 of 116)

Getting rid of stuff is a sorrowful business, and there are nearly always regrets afterwards.

TRaney - 19 Aug 2018 10:30:46 (#7 of 116)

Every one a mini-death

thisonehasalittlehat - 19 Aug 2018 10:40:04 (#8 of 116)

I'll come round and throw away all your tat if you like?

TRaney - 19 Aug 2018 10:41:31 (#9 of 116)

thisonehaslittletat there

Crayola - 19 Aug 2018 10:45:42 (#10 of 116)

I'm like ebad. Not a hoarder, just lazy.

TrouserFreak - 19 Aug 2018 12:13:10 (#11 of 116)

Ebay the whole lot. Who even has libraries of books and DVDs anymore?

uranrising - 19 Aug 2018 12:32:39 (#12 of 116)

Quite a few of us.

I shall be disposing of lots of books and LPs, especially the ones that really must go or are easily replaceable after a move if really necessary.

blaithin - 19 Aug 2018 13:07:45 (#13 of 116)

Clearing someone else's house will cure your hoarding tendencies. It's all just stuff and it'll all be in a skip in the end.

blaithin - 19 Aug 2018 13:08:36 (#14 of 116)

PS, my house is also full of stuff. But I'd miss very little of it.

uranrising - 19 Aug 2018 13:15:44 (#15 of 116)

I think there's quite a gulf between books/LPs/CDs and DVDs, and, on the other hand - stuff.

Pinkgum - 19 Aug 2018 13:36:57 (#16 of 116)

I have acquisitive hoarding issues. It has a moderate to severe impact on my life, although it has improved as my general mental health has. The last two years in particular I've been working quite hard to clear stuff. I've had some help from the NHS via my GP, and am no longer under the threat of involving social services to "clear" my house.

Anchorman - 19 Aug 2018 13:55:27 (#17 of 116)

I'm a ruthless non hoarder.

Once or twice a year i go through the whole house and throw out or give to charity anything I'm very unlikely to use or need again.

I have one three drawer chest full of family memento and I wouldn't call that hoarding

Delighted_User - 19 Aug 2018 13:59:35 (#18 of 116)

Does keeping the bodies in the deep freeze count as hoarding? I wouldn't say I'm emotionally attached to them, but I can't think of a way to get rid of them that wouldn't attract unwanted attention.

Shadrack22 - 19 Aug 2018 14:16:08 (#19 of 116)

The clock (1910s?) that hung in the living room at the parental home. It was there when I was born and was there when the house was cleared in 2016. It has been lying on my top floor bed ever since. Doesn’t work, has no aesthetic appeal, no intention of hanging it on the wall, but I can’t bring myself to get rid of it.

That’s just the start of it.

RosyLovelady - 19 Aug 2018 14:34:03 (#20 of 116)

Hang the historic clock on the wall anyway. See how it feels when it's the right way round.

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